EI services

Your IFSP will say exactly what services you will get from EI.

There are different types of services they can offer.

Examples of Early Intervention Services

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Home visits/therapy:
Specialists help to work on different skills. They help you learn how to encourage your child's development with focused kinds of play.


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Specialty services: 
For kids with specific issues like autism or visual or hearing impairments.

 

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Parent or sibling support groups:
 To help parents, brothers, and sisters cope.

 

 

Image of two children playing with a ballCommunity play groups: These can help with social skills along with your child's other goals.

 

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These are the main types of services you may get from EI.

Your service coordinator will work with you to make sure the services fit your needs.

Examples of Early Intervention Services

Image of an woman playing blocks with a child
Home visits/therapy:
Specialists help to work on different skills. They help you learn how to encourage your child's development with focused kinds of play.


Image of a person walking with a seeing cane
Specialty services: 
For kids with specific issues like autism or visual or hearing impairments.

 

Image of hands holding a family
Parent or sibling support groups:
 To help parents, brothers, and sisters cope.

 

Image of two children playing with a ballCommunity play groups: These can help with social skills along with your child's other goals.

 

Community play groups:

  • Sometimes a service will be to have your child join a community play group run by the EI program. These groups can be good for kids who need to work on social skills.

  • Some groups are only with other kids who are getting EI services, and some include typical kids who just want a play group.

  • If a child does not qualify for EI, they could still join a play group. It's a good way for them to get used to groups and learn social skills.

Special Services Related to Disability:

  • If your child has a specific issue like autism, a physical disability, or or a visual or hearing impairment, you may get special services to help with those challenges.

Parent support:

  • EI is there to support your whole family, not just your child! Services may include parent support groups, or even marriage counseling.

Is transportation a problem for you? 

If you have no other way to get to your play groups and services, EI can help!

Image of an exclamation mark beside the text 'You should not have to pay for the services! If your insurance doesn't pay, Massachusetts Department of Health (MA DPH) will pay.

 

Sources: Center for Parent Information and Resources, MA DPH, EOHHS

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