What is Early Intervention?
Some infants and
toddlers need extra help in order to learn and develop. Early
intervention includes a variety of services and supports that help young children, ages
birth to three, with special needs. This
guaranteed by Federal law under Part C of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education
Act). Because early intervention services refer to
Part C services of this law, Part C and early intervention are sometimes used
is Eligible for These Services?
Early intervention services are available to
families nationwide with an infant and/or toddler (birth to age three), who has a
disability and/or developmental delay.
are the Eligibility Requirements?
In Virginia, a child qualifies for
early intervention services if they meet one of the following criteria:
An infant or toddler
(birth to three) functioning at least 25% below their chronological or adjusted age in one or more of the
following areas: cognitive development,
physical development, communication development, social-emotional development, and/or
A child manifesting
atypical development or behavior;
A child who has a
diagnosed physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in a
How Do I Know if My Child Has a Delay?
screening can be provided at no cost to your family in order to answer questions about
your childs development. Screenings are
held in daycare centers, your home, at the babysitters, or other places at your
convenience. Visit the developmental checklist for more specifics
on age appropriate skills.
If you are interested,
your temporary service coordinator can arrange for a more in-depth multidisciplinary evaluation
of your child's development.
How Do I Get Started?
You can contact Katy McCullough, Council Coordinator or
Kathy Pierson, Family Support Partner at Infant & Toddler Connection of the New River Valley to make a
Or you can send us an e-mail: