Early Intervention specialists at Nationwide Children's Hospital are licensed and certified teachers prepared at the bachelor’s and master’s levels in early childhood education, special education and other related fields.
In the NICU setting, our Early Intervention staff provide information about community programs, provide developmentally appropriate infant stimulation, and play when medically stable. Early Intervention specialists work collaboratively with nursing and therapies to provide strategies for bonding and attachment with your new baby. Early Intervention specialists work to help each child meet developmental milestones as they are able during their hospital admission.
Ohio’s Early Intervention system aims to identify and serve children under the age of three with developmental delays and disabilities, as provided for under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Help Me Grow program, which is available in all 88 counties, provides family-centered services for infants and toddlers up to age 3 who have a developmental delay or a medical condition likely to result in a delay or disability. Early Intervention builds on and provides support and resources to assist family members and caregivers in enhancing children’s learning and development through everyday learning opportunities.
The Seven Key Early Intervention Principles are as follows:
Once referred to the Help Me Grow program, children are evaluated in the developmental areas of adaptive, personal-social, communication, motor, and cognitive by an interdisciplinary team using the appropriate state-approved diagnostic tool at no cost to the family. If the child qualifies for specialized services, services are provided to the child and family through the primary service provider, which is determined based upon evaluation scores. Enrolled families are eligible to receive numerous services depending on the specific needs of their child.
Services may include:
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