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Basic Steps of the Early Intervention Process

Basic Steps of the Early Intervention Process

Basic Steps of the Early Intervention ProcessUseful  when introducing families to the process involved in accessing early intervention services for an infant or toddler with delays or disabilities


This 5-page handout from the CPIR shows the 8 basic steps of early intervention, with brief summaries of each step. In a nutshell, the 8 steps are:

1 | An infant or toddler may have a developmental delay or disability. Concerned, someone refers child to Part C.

2 | The infant or toddler is evaluated to determine eligibility.

If child is found eligible for early intervention services, then…

3 | Initial IFSP meeting is held, & the initial IFSP is written.

4 | Early intervention services are provided.

5 | Every six months IFSP is reviewed and revised, as needed.

6 | The IFSP is reviewed annually.

7 | A transition plan for the child’s exit from Part C is included in the IFSP at least 90 days before the child’s 3rd birthday.

For children potentially eligible for Part B services | Lead agency must notify the SEA & the child’s LEA. The LEA must take specific actions before the child’s 3rd birthday.

8 | Child exits early intervention.

Read and/or download the handout:

This handout was created as part of CPIR’s training curriculum on early intervention, Building the Legacy for Our Youngest Children with Disabilities. Module 1 of the curriculum provides Parent Centers and others with detailed training materials on the Basics of Early Intervention, including Powerpoint slides, a trainer’s guide, and handouts and activity sheets for participants. This is Handout 1 of that module. CPIR is pleased to update it to 2022 and provide it anew, as an accessible PDF and in Word.


SOURCE ARTICLE: Center for Parent Information & Resources