early intervention (ei)

what is early intervention?

Early intervention is a system of services that helps children from birth to three years old with developmental delays or disabilities. EI focuses on helping eligible infants and toddlers learn the key skills that typically develop during the first three years of life. Therapies include physical, cognitive, communicative, social/emotional, and adaptive.

types of therapy

Physical

How your child moves and explores

Cognitive

How your child learns

Communicative

How your child tells you what they want/need

Social/emotional

How your child engages with you and shows feelings

Adaptive

How your child develops and uses new skills

EI provides families with strategies to help children learn essential skills, improves developmental and educational growth, and supports children with developmental delays in becoming more independent. Early Intervention philosophy follows the developmental model, rather than the medical model, and stresses the importance of family participation and the family’s relationship to help the child grow and develop. Therapists work with caregivers so that they can help the child gain skills. For this reason, services are provided in the child’s natural environment.

CONTACT US

For general inquiries contact:

Jason Tietz

Program Director

847-385-5342

jtietz@clearbrook.org

For service provider inquiries contact:

Sherry Mackey

Local Interagency Council Coordinator & Parent Liaison

847-385-5069

smackey@clearbrook.org

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