The Early Intervention Program provides developmental-related services to children from birth to three years of age who either have developmental delays or have a diagnosis with a high probability for developing delays (for examples, Downs Syndrome, Spina Bifada, Autism, and Cerebral Palsy).
- Developmental Evaluations
- Individualized Program Development
- Special Instruction
- Specialized Therapy Sessions
- Parent Resources
Teaching is based on the child's needs, with a focus on the family. Sessions are provided in the home, at a daycare center, or other natural environments. Each child's individualized program plan may include play activities to develop social, language, motor, self-help, and cognitive skills. These developmental activities are based on input from a Special Educator, and as needed, a Speech, Physical, or Occupational Therapist. Parents and caretakers participate in the special instruction and therapy visits.
Referrals may be initiated by parents, physicians, health professionals, or other agencies. To make a referral, call 256.350.1458 or Child Find at 800.543.3098.
The Early Intervention Program is certified and monitored by the Alabama Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the Early Intervention Unit of the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS). Funding for this program is provided by ADMH, United Way, and Part C through ADRS.