Services & Costs

Early ACCESS Services

Early ACCESS services begin with a look at the child's strengths, the areas for extra help, and a chance to get to know each child's family. Early ACCESS supports skills such as talking, moving, seeing, listening, thinking, eating and playing. A plan is written to help guide the way families and Early ACCESS staff will work together to support the child.

Children are most comfortable where they spend the most time. Usually, this is a home or child care setting, their "natural environment". Early ACCESS staff meet with families in these places because children learn best when they are comfortable. If a family prefers meeting in an alternative location, a request can be made when services begin.

After meeting with the Early ACCESS staff, specific services will be recommended based on each child's development. Services listed here are available through the Area Education Agency:

  • Assistive Technology
  • Audiology
  • Family Training/Counseling
  • Health Services
  • Medical evaluations to determine eligibility
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Parent Groups
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Special Instruction
  • Speech Language Therapy
  • Support Services
  • Transportation
  • Vision

Costs in Early ACCESS

There is no cost to families for service coordination activities, evaluation and developmental assessment, identifying the concerns, priorities, and resources of the family, and developing the Individualized Family Service Plan.

Most Early ACCESS services and therapy are provided at no cost to the family. In some situations, a service may be recommended that may have a fee. In those situations, the service coordinator works with the family to determine costs and payment arrangements of any other needed service. Costs are determined by a variety of factors that are individualized to each child and family.


Last Updated: Jan 12, 2017