Overview of Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education Program
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 to the Hood River County EI/ECSE program?
Any child from birth through five years of age showing delays in any of the following areas:
- Cognitive skills: thinking, learning and problem solving skills
- Physical skills: moving body, arms, legs (gross motor), and hands/finders (fine motor) to move around, play, and manipulate objects
- Communication skills: understanding words and concepts and using sounds, gestures, and words to communicate
- Social emotional skills: interacting and playing with family and other children/adults
- Adaptive skills: self-help skills such as eating and putting on clothes
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, communication, motor, social emotional and/or adaptive.
Which 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:
- Parent consultation and coaching
- Specially designed instruction
- Physical, occupational and speech and language therapy
- Audiological management
- Orientation and mobility training
- Consultations to children in community preschools