What is Early ACCESS?
The journey with early intervention (EI) begins differently for each family. Learning that a child has a disability at or even before birth can be the beginning of this journey for some families. EI services can be requested by a hospital with services starting in the first months of a child's life. Other families may notice a delay in development or a disability as their child grows. A concern about a child's development may be raised initially by you, or by a family member, a pediatrician, a childcare provider or a family friend. When concerns about a child's development exist, questions may arise.
However your journey begins, research supports what many families are experiencing: Young children who have developmental delays as well as those who are at risk for delays in their development see gains in their health, listening, talking, thinking, managing feelings and getting along with others through interacting with EI services. Families benefit from EI by being able to better meet their children's unique needs from an early age and throughout their lives.
For more information about sharing your concerns about a child, please visit the resource below: