Early Intervention (EI) is a statewide system providing coordinated services to parents of eligible children under the age of three with developmental delays or disabilities. Early Intervention is grounded in the philosophy that young children learn best from familiar people in familiar settings. Families served in Early Intervention are supported by a team consisting of a service coordinator, service providers, and your family. Your team works with you in your home or other places you and your family spend time to develop a coordinated plan called an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). You and your team will work through your IFSP plan to use your existing supports and resources—and build upon them—to learn to enhance your child’s learning and development.
The PLAY Project™ is a parent implemented, intensive early intervention program for young children with autism that is evidence-based. Early intervention can make a profound difference in the life course of these children because their brains are developing at an incredible rate before the age of 5. Children, including children with autism, learn 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.