early intervention tools
Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia assists families with infants and toddlers birth to three with developmental delays and/or disabilities help their children learn and develop through everyday activities and routines so that they can participate fully in family and community activities.
Getting children started in early intervention services is critical, but it’s often not enough. Parents need information, support, and so much more. New Path guides them as their children move through the early intervention system and transition to the next step. Click here to connect with the New Path program.
FIRST WORDS®Project is a longitudinal research investigation in the Florida State University Autism Institute in the College of Medicine directed by Dr. Amy Wetherby. The major goal of the program is to identify early signs of developmental language disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and other communication delays in children from 9 to 24 months of age. Their website offers a variety of downloadable documents for families. Find them on the web: http://firstwordsproject.com/
Zero to Three is a national, non-profit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. Learn about child development, advocacy, development and parenting tips by visiting them on the web.Find them on the web: https://www.zerotothree.org/
Parent Center Hub is a collection of tools, resources, webinars for parent centers and families alike. Over 1000 resources on topics such as IDEA, early intervention, transition services and more. Find them on the web: https://www.parentcenterhub.org/
Early Intervention services are available in Virginia to babies and toddlers, from birth until age three who demonstrate developmental delays or have a diagnosed disability. These services are accessed through the Infant &Toddler Connection. Infant & Toddler Connection conducts intakes to determine of babies and toddlers are eligible to services. If the child is found eligible, he or she will be connected to a support coordinator and have access to early intervention specialists, including speech & language pathologists, physical therapists, developmental specialists, nurses, social workers and many other professionals.
about early intervention
eligibility for services
Babies and toddlers, up to age three, may be found eligible for services if he or she meets one or more of the following criteria:
Developmental Delay - at least 25% below chronological or adjusted age in one or more of the following areas: cognitive development | physical development | communication development | social or emotional development | adaptive development
Atypical development, including:
atypical or questionable sensory-motor responses | atypical or questionable social-emotional development | typical or questionable behaviors that interfere with the acquisition of developmental skills | impairment in social interaction and communication skills along with restricted and repetitive behaviors
Diagnosed physical or mental condition, including:
genetic disorders, such as Down syndrome | cleft lip and/or palate| NICU stay of greater than or equal to 28 days | Autism spectrum disorder |Vision and/or hearing loss
how can my family receive a referral for services?
Referral for services can be made by a physician, family member, social worker, educator, or child care provider.
what happens after a referral is made?
After a referral is made, a support coordinator will contact your family and complete a screening. This screening will be evaluated by a team with expertise in development. This team will determine if your child meets the criteria for eligibility. You will receive written notice of the team's decision.
my child was found eligible for serives? what's next?
Members of the Early Intervention team will conduct an assessment and develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). This plan will include your input, and together, you will discuss services and outcomes for your child. Services will be provided regardless of your ability to pay, though some services will be subject to a family cost-share.