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: ohioearlyintervention.org
For more information on Ohio Early Intervention:
Early Intervention Staff
Early Childhood ManagerJessica Smith
Developmental SpecialistKelley Burkhart
Developmental SpecialistAshlee Flanagan
Speech TherapistTasha Gebhart
Ohio Early Intervention Staff
Service CoordinatorKaylea Barnett
Service CoordinatorKellie Engstrom
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.
Who is Eligible?
Eligibility for Early Intervention Services is based on:
- 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 ares of development
- A child with a documented disability or medical diagnosis, which, has a high probability for developmental delays
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
- Answer questions about child development
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
- Service and Support Administration (SSA) case management from children 3 through age 5
- Service Coordination through Ohio Early Intervention, birth through 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 - Friday, 8 AM - 4 PM.
Early Intervention (EI) is a coordinated, community-based service that promotes family-centered programs for children, birth to three years of age and their families. The program focuses on the family as a whole. EI provides health and developmental services so children can start school healthy and ready to learn. They provide service coordination and evaluations as well as early identification of children with developmental delays, with information, guidance, and links to therapeutic interventions.
During home visits, Service Coordinators provide the family with up-to-date information on child heath, development, early infant stimulation and growth promoting activities. Coordinators will complete developmental screenings for health, hearing, vision, nutrition, social/emotional health and overall development. Activities are held to promote family literacy and support parents as full partners in their child’s education. The program’s goal is to lay the foundation for later school success.
In Guernsey County, Developmental Specialists are trained in and utilize PLAY Project and Sheldon and Rush evidenced based practice during special instruction. The PLAY Project is designed to focus on the behaviors of children with Autism. It teaches parents to become better play partners with their child. The program teaches techniques and strategies to help engage their child in an effort to help them reach their potential and become better equipped to socially interact with family and peers.
During 2016, the Early Intervention program provided services to 85 children. Services are identified for each child and their family through development of an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) and are provided in the child’s natural environment.