The Early Intervention Program provides services to families of children age birth through two with a developmental delay or diagnosed medical condition. Eligibility for services is established through an evaluation from the Help Me Grow Program. For more information about making a referral on a child contact Fairfield County Help Me Grow at (740) 681-4881.
Early Intervention services through FCBDD are designed to support parents and care providers with the kind of competence and confidence they need to give their children many opportunities for learning so they can develop to their fullest potential. Services are provided at no cost to families, and in their homes or other community sites where children learn and grow. The Fairfield County Board provides year-round Early Intervention services [a minimum of 240 days a year]. Services are funded by local and federal monies.
Each family has an Early Intervention teamthat consists of a service coordinator, a certified developmental specialist, as well as a speech, occupational, and physical therapist. A member of the team is assigned as the Primary Service Provider (PSP) who is the main contact/visitor with the family. The PSP will work with the team of specialists to demonstrate specific activities through coaching and modelling for the parent/care provider to use throughout the day with the child. Research has shown that those who are with the child most have the greatest impact on the progress of the child’s development. Visits are arranged based on the family's schedule.
Instead of watching a provider work with a child, the parent/care provider all work together during a visit. It ensures that what is happening is meaningful and functional within the context of everyday life. Coaching provides families with ways to continue their child’s learning and development through all of the activities they normally do together.
For more information contact:
Early Intervention Supervisor
ISC - Individual Support Coordination for Children
Individual Support Coordinators (ISCs) for children eligible for Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities services work with individuals ages three to 14. Services are provided 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday with evening and weekend on-call services available for emergencies. ISCs provide a number of services at locations convenient for the individuals and families. These include:
- Talk with the family about their concerns for the child and for themselves.
- Identify the child’s and family’s strengths and resources.
- Clarify the family’s vision for desired futures for their child and for themselves. - Help the family develop a plan, that includes how they want Fairfield DD to help.
- Give the family information about community resources and services.
- Help coordinate services the family receives from multiple agencies, including the school system.
- Provide information on community activities, support groups and trainings.
For information on Individual Support Coordinators call 740.652.7220. Click HERE to view the Fairfield DD timeline for children.