Eligible children include infants or toddlers if there is a significant delay in one or more areas of development, if a child has an established risk condition, significant developmental disability or is at high risk for having a disability due to a combination of risk factors. Early Intervention is not a cure for disabilities or risk conditions. Rather, it is a system of coordinated services that promotes the child’s growth and development and that supports families during the critical early years.

Infants and toddlers from birth to 36 months may be eligible for and benefit from early intervention services if one of the following factors is present:

Significant developmental delay in one or more of these areas:

  • cognitive development, e.g. limited interest in environment, limited interest in play and learning
  • physical and motor development
  • communication development, e.g. limited sound repertoire, limited responses to communication to others
  • emotional-social development, e.g. unusual responses to interactions, impaired attachment, self-injurious behavior
  • adaptive development, e.g. feeding difficulties

Established risk conditions of known etiology or those conditions expected to result in significant developmental problems such as:

  • Chromosomal disorders
  • Neurological disorders
  • Inborn errors of metabolism
  • Visual and hearing impairments

At high risk for having a developmental disability due to a combination of biomedical risk factors, as determined by a multidisciplinary team.