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Early Intervention

The Early Intervention Program provides home-based services to families of children 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.

Each family has an Early Intervention Team, which includes an Early Intervention Specialist, a speech, occupational, and physical therapist as well as the Help Me Grow Service Coordinator. 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 modeling for the parent/care provider to use throughout the day with the child. Research has shown that those who are with the child most (parents/care providers) have the most impact on the progress of the child’s development. 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:
Rebecca Nixon
Early Intervention Supervisor
(740) 652-7225