Early Intervention supports families of infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities. Children learn best with people they know and in the places they spend most of their time. Early Intervention professionals help families build on the things they do every day to support their child’s learning and development in order to reach their goals for their child.
A child and family may receive early intervention supports and services if the child is: up to three years old and has certain levels of developmental delay, differences in development and/or a diagnosed condition.
A child with a developmental delay or differences in development is not developing like other children his age. The delay or difference can be in one or more of the following areas:…
– Thinking, learning, and playing;
– Moving, seeing, and hearing;
– Understanding and using sounds, gestures and words;
– Developing relationships; and/or
– Taking care of one’s self, including eating and dressing.
A child is eligible who has a diagnosed condition that will very likely cause a developmental delay. This includes:
– Genetic disorders, such as Down syndrome;
– Cleft lip and/or palate;
– NICU stay of greater than or equal to 28 days;
– Autism Spectrum Disorder; and/or
– Vision and/or hearing loss.
Locally, these services are provided through the Infant and Toddler Connection of the New River Valley (ITC-NRV). Radford University serves as the local lead agency for ITC-NRV and employs the system manager who handles all initial referrals. Children with Medicaid are referred to NRVCS so that a service coordinator can make initial home visits, assemble the assessment team, and facilitate development of the initial Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).
Kathy Pierson, System Manager
Infant & Toddler Connection of the NRV
For General Information
Joan Behl, Early Intervention Services Manager for NRVCS