Early Intervention (EI) is grounded in the philosophy that young children learn best from familiar people in familiar settings. Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services has a team of physical, speech and occupational therapists, developmental specialists and behavior support coaches to help families with questions and priorities related to their child’s development.
“In the beginning, it’s always about learning more about the child and coaching the parents by giving them ideas and tools to try,” said Elizabeth Miller, an EI developmental specialist.
A team member will regularly visit the family and child at home or in community settings to listen to the family’s concerns, discuss goals and focus on strategies or activities to keep development moving forward. “Each family has its own routines and we need to learn those. Life isn’t structured, so we adapt to the family,” said Jennifer Bach, an EI developmental specialist.
Early Intervention services are available to children from birth to age 3 who have a developmental delay or a qualifying diagnosed medical condition. Learn more about Early Intervention services at hamiltondds.org/earlyintervention or call (513) 434-3322.
Within a week of bringing him home, Jen came by for the first visit. It was clear she was on not just Ian’s team, but our family’s team.