Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education

What is Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education?

Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education services (EI/ECSE) are provided free to families with eligible infants, toddlers and preschoolers who have special needs in the areas of speech, language, motor, learning, hearing, vision, self-help and/or socialization.

Who Should Be Referred?

Children birth through five years of age showing delays in:

Developmental Delays
Speech and Language
Motor-Orthopedic Impairment
Specialization Behavior
Severely Emotionally Disturbed
Other Health Impaired
Mental Retardation
Traumatic Brain Injury

Who Is Eligible For Services?
The eligibility criteria for Early Intervention (0 through 2 years) and Early Childhood Special Education (3 through 5 years) are established by the state. In general, children qualify for these programs when an evaluation shows that their skills are delayed to a certain degree in one or more of the following development areas:

Cognitive: How a child learns new things, remembers, plays with toys, solves problems

Adaptive: How a child eats, dresses, generally takes care of him/herself

Social/Emotional: How a child interacts and plays with family members and with other children/adults

Physical: How a child uses his/her body, arms, hands, legs, feet to move around, play, and manipulate objects

Communication: How a child understands, how a child expresses himself with sounds, words and gestures

What Services Are Available?
Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education services include a combination of the following as needed by the infants, toddlers, or preschoolers:

Case Coordination
Family Consultation
Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Speech & Language Therapy
Audiological Management
Equipment Loaning Bank
Sign Language Instruction
Orientation and Mobility Training
Materials and Adaptation
Infant Toddler Group

How To Refer?
The Hood River County School District EI/ECSE Program maintains a "single point of entry" procedure for referral into the program. Families, friends, physicians, any community agency can make a referral by calling 541-386-4919. Evaluations are typically conducted in the child's home or the program office but can be arranged at another location if more convenient for the family.

There is NO cost to families for the eligibility evaluation or for the services provided to children who are eligible for either program.

The EI/ECSE Programs are administered through Hood River County School District. The EI/ECSE program employs teachers, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, school psychologists and instructional assistants to provide a full range of services to eligible children. EI/ECSE staff work closely with the following agencies in providing these services:

  • Families First Network
  • Hood River County Health Department
  • Regional Programs
  • Head Start/Early Head Start/Migrant Head Start
  • Local Preschool Programs
  • New Parent Services
  • Local Physicians - Health Care Providers

The Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education administrators can be contacted at:

Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education
1011 Eugene St
Hood River, OR 97031

Physical address of Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education is:

2405 Eastside Road
Hood River, OR 97031
Phone: 541-386-4919
Fax: 541-387-5041

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