Early Intervention 
Early Intervention Staff
Early Childhood Manager
Jessica Smith
Developmental Specialist
Kelley Burkhart
Developmental Specialist
Ashlee Flanagan
Speech Therapist
Tasha Gebhart 

Ohio Early Intervention Staff

Service Coordinator
Kaylea Barnett

Service Coordinator
Kellie Engstrom


Additional Programs

P.l.a.y. Project
The PLAY Project® (Play Language for Autistic Youngsters) is an evidence-based developmental intervention for families of young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The PLAY Project is the pragmatic application of the theory of DIR® (Developmental Individual Differences &amp#59 Relationship-Based)/Floortime™ and emphasizes the importance of helping parents become their child’s best PLAY partner. Two Early Intervention Specialists have completed P.L.A.Y. Project training. The Early Interventions Specialist is currently working with families.



What is Early Intervention?

Certified through the  Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities; Ohio Early Intervention provides family-centered services for infants and toddlers to age 3 with a medical diagnosis, developmental delay, or a delay likely to result in a diagnosis.

What can Early Intervention do ?
  • Improve developmental and educational growth for children and their families;
  • Help children with developmental delays become more independent and functional;
  • Help reduce the need for future Special services for children and their families;
  • Help develop a system of support for children and their families;
  • Give developmental play ideas to the families to continue between visits; and
  • Answer questions about child development   


Who is eligible ?

Eligibility for Early Intervention Services is based  
  • Any child birth to age 3 with a developmental delay in at least one area of development.
  • Any child age 3 through 5 with a developmental delay in at least two areas of development
  • A child with a documented disability or medical diagnosis, which, has a high probability for developmental delays

What services are offered through Early Intervention?
  • A developmental evaluation to determine if your child has a developmental delay;
  • Special instruction through therapeutic play for your child from a Developmental specialist in a natural environment;
  • Parent and family education;
  • Family Resource Services;
  • Play Project;
  • Services and Support Administration (SSA) case management for children 3 through age 5;
  • Service Coordination through Ohio Early Intervention, Birth to age 3


What is a Developmental Specialist?

    A Developmental Specialist has education in child development and experience working with infants, toddlers, and their families.  Specialist's meet specific qualifications and licensure requirements of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

Early Intervention services are offered in the homes of enrolled families.  Early Intervention staff can be reached at 
740-439-4451 Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

How do I make a referral for Early Intervention?

To make a program referral or find out more information about the program please call: 

740-439-1858 or 740-439-4451; or visit: 


Hours of Operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday - Friday.

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