Sultan Early Intervention ProgramGreen Street Location
710 Green Street
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96813
Phone (808) 536-3764
Fax (808) 521-4491
Program Manager: Luke Kusumoto, LSW
East Sultan Early Intervention Program5919 Kalanianaole Highway
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96821
Phone (808) 735-6981
Fax (808) 735-6984
Program Manager: Sarah Hardin, LSW
Kailua Early Intervention Program970 N. Kalaheo Ave., Suite A203
Kailua, Hawai'i 96734
Phone (808) 261-4999
Fax (808) 261-1120
Program Manager: Patricia Hoke, OTR
Kapolei Early Intervention ProgramNāpuakea Location
92-461 Makakilo Drive
Kapolei, Hawai'i 96707
Phone (808) 678-3814
Fax (808) 678-3820
Program Manager: Janice Shintani, MS CCC-SLP
Hilo Early Intervention Program49 Kaiulani Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone (808) 961-3081
Fax (808) 961-6847
Program Manager: Caitlin Botz
Kauai Early Intervention Program3115 Akahi Street
Phone: (808) 245-7141
Fax: (808) 245-6246
Program Manager: Carla Baker, M. Ed
“We came with our babies in our arms, and you taught them how to walk. They came without any words, and you taught them to laugh and sing. When we despaired about our children’s future, you taught us to control our own destiny. We came to you confused because our children didn’t fit in, and you taught us to celebrate their differences.”
- Timmy’s mom, Sultan Early Intervention Program Participant
Early intervention is designed to help infants and toddlers and their families work toward developmental goals at the time in their lives when they are most ready to learn and can benefit most from intervention. We provide a coordinated, family-centered, culturally-sensitive, and comprehensive program to families with children from birth to age 3 who are experiencing or are at risk for developmental delays to optimize development and achieve the highest possible level of functioning.
Easter Seals Hawaii’s Early Intervention program was one of the first of its kind in the United States. The program is funded by the State of Hawaii Department of Health - Early Intervention Section.
The program includes:
What is an IFSP?
Establishment of an Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP);
The IFSP is a written document developed by a team of individuals including the child's parents and representatives from the state's early intervention program. The IFSP includes statements about:
Occupational Therapy service focuses on an infants or toddler’s ability to perform self-care routines (such as feeding) play skills and social skills. Our licensed occupational therapists share their knowledge with families about the stages of development and how to promote the appropriate milestone’s in a child’s physical, mental and behavioral development. They also address the needs of children with sensory processing problems. Feeding issues may be addressed by the speech-language therapist or the occupational therapist.
Physical Therapy service focuses on preserving and developing movement functions such as crawling and walking. Our licensed physical therapists share strategies with families including the use of use exercise, assistive devices and special techniques to encourage independence.
Speech Therapy services focuses on teaching families about the process of communication, which is being able to make requests, expressing feelings, etc. Our licensed speech pathologists teach families strategies for communicating with their non-verbal infant or toddler through gestures and signs, and for developing receptive and expressive language skills within the daily activities of the individual families. Feeding issues may be addressed by the speech-language therapist or the occupational therapist.
Special Instruction services work with families to focus on addressing the cognitive thinking/understanding/problem solving/preschool readiness skills) and social development of the infant or toddler. Teachers work collaboratively with the team (OT/PT/speech therapist) to meet the needs of the child. Special instruction is provided by teachers with their Master's degree in Special Education or by teachers with a Bachelor’s in Education or related field.
Ages: 3 - 5
Speech therapy services are available for children between the ages of 3 – 5 years 11 months on the islands of Oahu and Kauai through funding from the Oscar & Rosetta Fish Speech and Forensics Fund (administered by the Hawaii Community Foundation) and other private foundations and funders. Children not eligible for services from another funder (e.g. DOE) may be eligible for services which may include speech-language evaluations and direct speech therapy services. Families are strongly encouraged to participate in sessions and follow up with activities on a daily basis at home.