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Help Me Grow Services

Depending on a child’s needs, his or her early intervention services may include:
  • Family training, counseling and home visits*
  • Special instruction
  • Speech-language pathology services (sometimes referred to as speech therapy)
  • Audiology services (hearing impairment services)
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychological services
  • Medical services (for diagnosis only)*
  • Health services needed to enable your child to benefit from other services
  • Social work services
  • Assistive technology devices and services
  • Transportation
  • Nutrition services*
  • Nursing services
  • Service coordination services*
  • Respite care* 
    * available to children from birth to three years of age only
Delivery of services
Early intervention services may be delivered in a variety of ways and in different places. Sometimes services are provided in the child’s home with the family receiving additional training. Services may also be provided in other settings such as a neighborhood daycare center or preschool classroom. To the maximum extent appropriate, the services are to be provided in natural environments or settings. Natural environments, broadly speaking, are where the child lives, learns and plays.

Free services
These services are provided at public expense with no cost to parents:
  • Identification and referral
  • Screening, evaluations/assessments
  • Development and review of the Individualized Family Service Plan or Individual Education Plan
  • Service coordination
  • Special education and related services

Last updated: 11/12/2012 10:26 AM