What is Early Intervention?
Early Intervention (EI) is a statewide structure that provides multi-system coordinated services to parents of eligible children.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is the federal law that established EI programs across the country.
Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters (PLAY) Project
If your child has an autism diagnosis or if you have concerns that your child may have autism, a PLAY Project Consultant can work with your family to help improve communication and build meaningful relationships.
The PLAY Project is an evidenced-based early intervention autism program created to help parents and caregivers develop a better connection with their child through play and help the child improve his or her language, development, behavior and social skills. ALL children lean best through play in the natural environment of the home. The secret is knowing how to engage the child in a playful way that promotes his or her development. The PLAY Project Consultant will help educate, guide and support families as they learn to nurture their child’s social and emotional development, but the parents and caregivers are considered to be the expert of their child. Parents and caregivers will learn how to apply the evidence-based PLAY Project principles, methods and techniques during visits while having FUN with their child.
If your family is interested in PLAY Project please contact your local County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Click here for the PLAY Project Referral Form.
Who to Contact?
|Crawford County Board of DD||Kim Pittman
(419) 563-9280, extension 149
|Erie County Board of DD||Jennifer Kinney
|Hancock County Board of DD||Tanya Weising-Pike
(419) 422-6387, extension 1104
|Huron County Board of DD||Carol Robinson
(419) 663-4769, extension 1201
|Marion County Board of DD||Marcie Albright
|Morrow County Board of DD||Robyn Harriman
(419) 947-7045, extension 316
|Ottawa County Board of DD||Margaret Osborne
|Seneca County Board of DD||Nicci Drew or Karin Schaller
Ohio EI Regional Consultants:
Morrow, Marion Crawford, Seneca, Hancock: Kelli Lanzot (614) 466-4077 Kelli.Lanzot@dodd.ohio.gov
Huron, Erie, Ottawa: Steve Guyton (614) 466-5567 Steven.firstname.lastname@example.org
Rule 5123-10-01 (Early Intervention Services - Procedural Safeguards) sets forth procedural safeguards in the Early Intervention system, including the provisions of parental consent and notice; retention, confidentiality, access to, and amendment of records; and dispute resolution.
Rule 5123-10-02, Appendix A, Appendix B, and Appendix C (Early Intervention Eligibility and Services) sets forth Early Intervention system requirements for eligibility, developmental screening, evaluation, assessment, individualized family service plan meetings and content, transition to preschool and other programs, service coordination, Early Intervention records, and exiting and transferring from the Early Intervention system.
Rule 5123-10-03 (Early Intervention Services - System of Payments) sets forth a system to pay for activities and expenses that are reasonable and necessary for implementing Ohio's Early Intervention system for eligible children and their families.
Rule 5123-10-04 (Early Intervention Services - Credentials for Early Intervention Service Coordinators and Early Intervention Service Coordination Supervisors) establishes minimum qualifications through credentialing standards for Early Intervention Service Coordinators and Early Intervention Service Coordination Supervisors. All persons working in these positions are required to hold the appropriate credential issued in accordance with the rule.
Baby Bill of Rights
TALK TO ME
Sing, hum, babble, or even read the funnies to me! I don’t know what you're saying, but I need to hear you. And I do know what you mean, even if I may not know the words. Like your voice tones mean, “I love you”, or when you yell, I hear, “You're a pest!” Unless you communicate with me, how can I learn? I learn from you.
Everything is so big and new to me. I don't understand where I am. Or who I am. And I get scared, but when you hold me, your heartbeat makes me feel I belong here. I belong to you.
ANSWER MY CRY
I don't cry to get you upset or get you mad. I cry because I can't tell you how I feel any other way. Maybe I'm cold...or wet...or hungry...or scared...or lonely. Answer my cries, you'll soon know what each one means.
YOU WON'T SPOIL ME!
You'll help me be a better baby and make you happier, too.
Like me. Love me just as I am. Don't expect me to do what I can't do, like being toilet-trained. My muscles aren't ready yet. I know I'm messy. But I'm growing. Overlook my baby weakness. You're the most important person in my world. I can't make it without you. So get to know me. Have fun with me, and love me...just as I am.