Early Intervention Services - Birth to age Two
Early Intervention Services are provided for children who are under the age of three who have developmental delays or are at risk for developmental delays. Eligibility is determined after an evaluation is completed.
Please call 952-388-1900, if you have any concerns or questions about your child’s development or would like further information regarding Early Intervention services.
An infant or toddler is eligible for intervention services, if the child:
- Meets the criteria for any one of the special education disability categories, (Specific Learning Disability, Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, Speech/Language Impaired, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Deaf-Blindness, Hearing Impaired, Physically Impaired, Other Health Impaired, or Visually Impaired)
- The child meets one of the following criteria for developmental delay (a or b):
a. The child is experiencing a developmental delay that is demonstrated by a score of 1.5 standard deviations or more below the mean, as measured by the appropriate diagnostic measures and procedures, in one or more of the following areas:
- Cognitive development;
- Physical development, including vision and hearing;
- Communication development;
- Social or emotional development;
- Adaptive development.
b. The child has a diagnosed physical or mental condition or disorder with a high probability of resulting in a delay, regardless of whether the child has a demonstrated need or demonstrated delay (such as Down syndrome or very low birth weight).
Once an infant or toddler has been identified as being eligible for Early Intervention services, an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) is written that describes a family’s long and short-term goals for their child. The school team will work with you to develop intervention strategies that can be integrated into your everyday routines and activities.
Services are typically provided in your home or your child’s day care setting. Visits occur weekly to every few months, depending on your child’s needs. Several professionals may be on your child’s team to help develop and implement the Individual Family Service Plan. From that team, one primary service provider will be responsible for working with your family and will be the main contact person for you. Team members may include:
- Early Childhood Special Education Teacher
- Speech and Language Pathologist
- Occupational Therapist
- School Psychologist
- Physical Therapist
- Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Teacher of the Visually Impaired
- Autism Resource Specialist
Our Early Intervention team has offices at the District Service Center.
District Service Center
14445 Diamond Path Road
Rosemount, MN 55068