What is Early Intervention?

What is Early Intervention?

Early intervention provides support and education to parents as well as a home program to improve language and speech sound development in babies and young children with developmental delays and disabilities. Depending on your child's needs, a multidisciplinary team of professionals works together to encourage speech and language development and may include a case manager, psychologist, pediatrician, speech therapist, other specialist, and you, the parent.

Why get Early Intervention Services?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), early intervention can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to learn new skills and overcome challenges and can increase success in school and life. Several researchers (Finestack & Fey, 2013; Robertson & Weismer, 1999) have shown that intervention for late talkers not only increases their language skills, but results in improvements in social skills and reductions in parental stress.

How do I get Early Intervention Services?

Check out Tennessee Early Intervention System at TN.gov to fill out an application for their voluntary program and services are provided at no cost to families.