How do I Choose an Early Intervention Provider?
Recognizing Early Warning Signs
What do I do if My Child Needs Services?
How do I Choose a Provider?
How do I Pay for Early Intervention?
It is important to find a service provider that can meet the needs of your child and your family. You should feel comfortable talking to the provider. Here are some questions you may want to ask:
- Is the provider a Part C provider? If so, Part C should pay for your therapy if your insurance does not.
- Does my insurance company have a preferred provider I must use to qualify for payment of services?
- How far away is the facility?
- Will the provider come to my house or my child's day care center?
- What are the provider's qualifications? Is he or she licensed? Does he or she have any special certifications in pediatric therapy, early intervention, child development, etc.?
- Is the facility clean and well-maintained?
- Does the provider have experience with other children like mine? What kind of success has he or she enjoyed?
- How does the provider include me and my child in the treatment plan?
- How will the provider participate in my child's family support plan or individual education plan?
- Is my family invited to participate in the intervention sessions?
- How is family education and support provided?
- What happens when my child turns 3-years-old?
- How does the provider interact with my service coordinator and the local early intervention program?
Visit the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center Web site for a list of Part C Lead Agencies.