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 Early Intervention is part of the Help Me Grow system of supports. 
Concerned about your child’s development? Act Early! 

If you’re concerned that a child may have a delay or disability, it’s important to refer them for Early Intervention as soon as possible. Early Intervention (EI) can address all types of concerns, like crawling or walking, speech delays, or social interaction like playing with other children or smiling. 
EI is available in every part of the state and to any eligible child, regardless of the family’s income. 
The referral process is simple: 
  • Anyone can refer a child to EI, and families can self-refer their child if they have concerns. You do not need to be a doctor or teacher to refer a child.
  •  All it takes is a simple phone call to 1-800-755-GROW or filling out a short form online
  • After the referral is made, Help Me Grow will contact the family, complete an intake assessment, and connect the family with the early intervention provider. 
Providing Early Intervention services is critical to life-long success. 
There is no “down side” to referring a child for EI services. Research shows that starting EI services early gives a child the best chance to learn and grow. Early support can reduce the need for services later in life. In fact, it is more cost effective to provide EI than to wait until the child is older. 
How Early Intervention works for families? 
  • Once the family is assigned to an early intervention provider, that provider will walk the family through the eligibility process and determine the next steps.
  • If a child is eligible for EI services, the family and service coordinator will develop a plan to support the family on their journey to help their child get their best possible start in life.
  • Every child is unique, and EI services are designed based on these specific needs.
  • Parents and families are the center of a child’s development. That’s why service coordinators and other service providers work closely with the family to help build their skills and confidence in supporting their child and to help them navigate the journey with their child.
  • Children learn best through everyday experiences and routines in places they know. Families don’t have to travel for services or coordinate with a bunch of different people. The EI service coordinator and primary service provider support a child where you live, play, and spend your day. 
  • EI services are usually provided in the home or a community setting. Virtual options may also be available.
Visit the Ohio Early Intervention website below. 
Click below to view the Early Intervention brochure. 
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