What is Early Intervention?

Editor’s note: Autism and ASD are used interchangeably in this article.

If a screening or concern shows that a child is at risk for a developmental disorder, he should be referred to the state early intervention (EI) program.

What is Early Intervention (EI)?

The EI Program is a federal grant program run by individual states under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that works with children ages 0-3. Also called the “Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities,” EI targets children who show a delay in cognitive, social, or communication skills. These children may also have a delay in physical or motor abilities or self-care skills.


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