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 of infants and toddlers with disabilities
Reduce Educational Costs
Reduce educational costs by decreasing need for special education
Maximize Independent Living
Minimize need for institutionalization and maximize independent living
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.
Principles of EI
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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.
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.
IFSP outcomes must be functional and based on the needs and priorities of the child and their family.
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.
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.
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