Early Intervention

Early Intervention

For more than 35 years, the Ashland County Board of Developmental Disabilities has provided Early Intervention ( EI )services to families with children, age’s birth to three. We are committed to supporting infants, toddlers and families by providing research-based services, proven to promote growth and development. Services are provided to eligible children throughout Ashland County at no charge to your family, through home visits, individual appointments and/or small groups of 1 to 3 children in a variety of community sites.

Ohio’s Part C/Early Intervention system aims to identify and serve children under the age of three with developmental delays and disabilities, as provided for under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Early Intervention Services are provided in conjunction with Ohio Department of Health, Help Me Grow.

Early Intervention

  • Birth - 3rd birthday
  • At least one developmental delay or biological condition
  • Parent support and education within the child's natural routines and settings
  • Evaluations

Parents and caregivers with concerns regarding their child’s development can have their infant or toddler evaluated by an interdisciplinary team at absolutely no cost to the family. Children are evaluated for delays in the areas of adaptive, cognitive, communication, physical, and social-emotional development using appropriate diagnostic tools. Should intervention be deemed necessary, individualized services are provided to the child and family through a Service Coordinator who guides the family through every aspect of the process, from program entry until the child transitions out by age three. To request an evaluation, please visit the Early Intervention Referral Page.

The Help Me Grow Part C/Early Intervention program has five principle goals, reiterated in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). They include:

  • Enhance the development of infants and toddlers with disabilities;
  • Reduce the educational costs to society by minimizing the need for special education and related services;
  • Maximize the potential for individuals with disabilities to live independent lives in society;
  • Enhance the capacity of families to support the development of their children; and,
  • Enhance states’ ability to coordinate funding to provide services for infants and toddlers with disabilities

Every family will have access to one or more of these professionals:

  • Developmental Specialist (from Ashland County Board of Developmental Disabilities)
  • Family Service Coordinator (from Ashland County Department of Health and Help Me Grow)

In addition to these central services and goals, families enrolled in the Early Intervention program will be assisted in accessing additional services depending on the specific needs of their child. They can include:

  • Nutrition services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychological services
  • Speech-language pathology and audiology services
  • Vision Services
  • Developmental screenings, evaluations and ongoing assessments
  • Assistive Technology
  • Social Work services
  • Other specialized services facilitated by the family’s Service Coordinator

Shannon Lange, Director of Education

Samantha McHugh, Developmental Specialist