Early Intervention Services

Early Intervention Services provides support to children with developmental disorders and their families in order to enhance learning.

94¢

of every dollar donated goes toward direct service.

100,000

people are served each year through our programs.

3,500

individuals volunteer every year.

WHO WE ARE

The primary role of Early Intervention Services is to work with and support the family members and caregivers of infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities. Infants and toddlers learn best through everyday experiences and interactions with familiar people in familiar contexts. All families, with the necessary supports and resources, can enhance their children’s learning and development.

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. They guide the family through every aspect of the process, from program entry until the child transitions out by age three. The intervention process is dynamic and individualized to reflect the family’s preferences, priorities, learning styles and cultural beliefs.

Early Intervention fulfills the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C (Early Intervention program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities). It is a program of the Ohio Department of Disabilities.

GOALS

  • 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
  • Enhance states’ ability to coordinate funding to provide services for infants and toddlers with disabilities

Program Mission

Part C early intervention builds upon and provides supports and resources to assist family members and caregivers to enhance children’s learning and development through everyday learning opportunities.

OUR TEAM
denise-meyer
Denise Meyer, Ph.D.

Denise Meyer, Ph.D. is the Early Intervention Supervisor, Help Me Grow Contract Manager and Portage County Family and Children First Coordinator.

maxine-greer
Maxine Greer

Maxine Greer is the Help Me Grow Central Coordination Contractor for Early Intervention and Home Visiting in Portage County.

LOCATION
CONTACT

705 Oakwood St. Suite 104
Ravenna, OH 44266
P: 330.298.4545 ext. 300
F: 330.297.4556