Early intervention services help infants, toddlers, and young children with developmental delays or other disabilities achieve cognitive, social, emotional, communicative, and physical development. Services may include occupational therapy to help an infant learn to hold her bottle; physical therapy to help her learn to roll over; or speech therapy to help her learn to eat or speak. Most early intervention services take place in the home or at childcare facilities in the local community.
The early identification of developmental delays or disabilities is crucial to assure your child receives the early intervention services and supports he or she needs to get the best possible start in life. Throughout the critical first years of life, early intervention services and supports can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to learn new skills and overcome challenges to increase success in school and life.
"Through therapies Andrew received, I could see that he was learning to focus, work one-on-one, and work with other kids. It really set him up for success." – Stephanie, whose two sons participated in Easterseals North Georgia’s early intervention programs.
Early intervention helps to minimize the need for special education and related services once infants and toddlers reach school age. Early childhood intervention programs have been shown to yield benefits in academic achievement, behavior, educational progression and attainment, delinquency and crime, and labor market success, among other domains.
Easterseals is one of the nation's largest providers of early intervention services. These services are available at many Easterseals locations across the country and at all Easterseals Child Development Centers nationwide.