Early Intervention

Program Overview

Early Intervention is a statewide program that provides therapies and intervention services for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities.

Eligibility Criteria for the Early Intervention Program

Children under the age of three who have a disability or meet program criteria for developmental delay. Child must be a resident of Cayuga County and can be referred by a physician, daycare provider, parent or other adult involved in the child’s life.

How Is Eligibility Determined?

A child who is referred because of a diagnosed condition that often leads to developmental delay, such as Down syndrome will always be eligible for early intervention services. If your child has a delay in development and no diagnosed condition, a multidisciplinary evaluation will be provided to determine eligibility. Eligibility criteria is defined in the NYS regulation that governs Early Intervention Program (EIP) and the evaluation team will compare your child’s performance/behavior with that criteria. Performing this evaluation helps determine what Early Intervention services may or may not be needed. The child’s/family’s strengths and needs will be examined during the multidisciplinary evaluation process.

What Services Are Provided?

Early intervention services are services that are:

  • Aimed at meeting children’s developmental needs and helping parents move their child towards age appropriate behavior
  • Included in an Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) agreed to by the parent and the Early Intervention Official.

Examples of Services

Your child may be eligible for:

  • Physical, speech and occupational therapies
  • Service coordination

Find more information on Early Intervention in Cayuga County and New York State.