Early Intervention (EI) is a statewide system providing coordinated services to young children with disabilities and their families. EI is a home and community-based collaboration where you and your team work together to provide ongoing support for your child. Your EI team will include a service coordinator and team of providers who work with you in your home or other places where your family spends its time.
With Riverside EI, parents and caregivers can depend on our experienced team of professions to help them every step of the way with their child's learning and development. 
Early Intervention Goals

Our EI Team provides each child and their support network with the resources and support they need. When providing these services, our EI Team has 4 key goals in mind:

Enhance Development

Enhance development of infants and toddlers with disabilities

Maximize Independent Living

Minimize need for institutionalization and maximize independent living

Reduce Educational Costs

Reduce educational costs by decreasing need for special education

Enrich Family

Enrich family's capacity to meet their child's needs

IDEA: Part C

The mission of IDEA: Part C is to build upon and provide supports and resources that assist families and caregivers with enhancing the child’s learning and development through everyday learning opportunities.

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Principles of EI

Everyday Experiences

Infants and toddlers learn best in everyday experiences and interactions with familiar people in familiar contexts.

Families are Key

All families, with essential supports and resources, can enhance their child's development.

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We Support Families

An EI service provider's main role is to work with and support family members and caregivers.


The EI process, from initial contact through transition, must be dynamic and individualized to the preference, learning styles and cultural beliefs of the child and their family.

Functional Outcomes

IFSP outcomes must be functional and based on the needs and priorities of the child and their family.

Families First

The family's priorities, needs and interests are addressed most appropriately by a primary provider who represents and receives team and community support.

Researched & Proven

Interventions with the child and their family must be based on explicit principles, validated practices, best available research and relevant laws and regulations.


Family's Role

  • Recognize the critical role caregivers play in your child's development

  • Set goals based on how your child's progress fits with your family's priorities

  • Learn from the team so you can work with your child during your family's everyday routines between visits from your service provider.

The EI

Team's Role

  • Base services on child and family's interests

  • Partner with parents/caregivers

  • Focus on enhancing child and family participation in community experiences

  • Use team's expertise to meet the family's goals for their child's development

  • Help families find resources

  • Answer families' questions

Developmental Specialist

Meet our EI Team

Made up of developmental specialists and therapists, Miami County's EI Team is equipped to answer your questions, listen to your concerns and support your family.

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Amy Kneisley

Developmental Specialist

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Bethany Covault

Developmental Specialist

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Kaye Sholtis

Developmental Specialist & LSW

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Taylor Ording

Developmental Specialist

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Bethany Whidden

Speech Therapist

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Diane Dynes

Speech Therapist

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Karen Lohnes

Physical Therapist


Penny Hines

Occupational Therapist

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Kathy Greenawalt-Cherry, LSW, M.Ed.

Early Intervention Director, Developmental Specialist

EI Autism Programs

If you have a child between the ages of 0-2 and suspect s/he has autism, contact (937) 440-3099.

Frequently Asked Questions

What services are available for my child?

If your child is deemed eligible for EI Services, a service coordinator and a team of providers will work with you and your child in your home or other places your family spends its time until your child reaches the age of 3. Your child will then be reassessed to determine if s/he requires our Children's Services for those ages 3-13.

What do Riverside EI Services cost?

Riverside Early Intervention Services are free of cost to your child and family.

When and where are services provided?

All Riverside EI Services are provided in whatever setting you and your child feel most comfortable in and are part of your everyday routine, this may include your home, babysitter, local park, etc. The time and place of each service meeting, as well as the number of visits per month, are determined by the family and are based upon the child's needs.

What ages are served by Riverside EI Services?

Any child, from birth to their third birthday, who has significant developmental delays or diagnosed conditions associated with developmental delays is eligible for EI Services. For more information about Riverside's EI Services and how to request a referral for services, please contact our EI Team at (937) 440-3099 or earlyintervention@riversidedd.org.

Who will complete my child's evaluation?

Your child's assigned service coordinator and the person our EI Team believes best meets your initial concerns for your child, otherwise known as a Primary Service Provider (PSP).

What happens if my child is eligible for services after Early Intervention?

If it is has been determined that your child is eligible to continue receiving Riverside services after exiting the Early Intervention program, you will be connected with our Children's SSA (Service & Support Administrator) Team. The Children's Team Service & Support Administrators (SSAs), or Case Managers, will help your child and family make the transition from Early Intervention to our Children's Services. They can also support you in a variety of ways, including: assessing your child and family's needs to develop an Individual Service Plan (ISP), guide you through the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process, connect you to community resources, coordinate services and more.

How do I know if my child is eligible for Riverside EI Services?

To get started or for more information about our Early Intervention Services, please contact our EI Team at (937) 440-3099 or earlyintervention@riversidedd.org. You may also complete our Early Intervention Referral Form and submit it to the EI Team at earlyintervention@riversidedd.org or (937) 332-1652 (fax); you may also complete the form and submit it online.

Who can I contact for more information?

You can contact our Early Intervention (EI) Team at (937) 440-3099 or earlyintervention@riversidedd.org. You can also contact the Riverside Front Desk at (937) 440-3000 or info@riversidedd.org.