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How do I Choose an Early Intervention Provider?

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. Visit the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center for a list of Part C Lead Agencies.
  • 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?

Of course, Easterseals is always available to help you navigate your options. Please contact your local Easterseals for more information. 

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