What is the Early Intervention Evaluation Process Like?

July 26, 2023

Early intervention is an incredibly helpful resource for children experiencing developmental delays. It offers specially tailored support and services to help children reach their full developmental potential. 

Understanding the early intervention evaluation process is key to accessing the appropriate services. If you have concerns about your child’s development, familiarizing yourself with the evaluation process as soon as possible can significantly affect how your child learns and grows. 

Referring Your Child to BabyNet: The First Step Towards Early Invention

A referral is required to access BabyNet services and determine your child's eligibility for the program. Making a BabyNet referral is a simple process, and various individuals can refer a child to BabyNet, including parents, caregivers, daycare providers, doctors, and friends. 

Once you’ve successfully submitted the BabyNet referral form, BabyNet will schedule an early intervention evaluation for your child.

The Early Intervention Screening Process

The early intervention evaluation process begins with a screening to determine if a child could have developmental disabilities. A trained early childhood development professional conducts the initial screening like a pediatrician or an early interventionist. Throughout the screening, the evaluator’s goal is to gain a comprehensive understanding of your child’s developmental history. 

Here’s what to expect during the initial screening: 

  • Questionnaires and interviews | You will be asked to provide information about your child's development, milestones, and any concerns you may have. This information will aid in identifying areas of focus for the evaluation.
  • Observation and play-based assessments | The evaluator may observe your child during free play or structured activities to assess their interaction, communication, and social skills. This process provides valuable insights into your child's strengths and areas of concern, allowing for a more comprehensive evaluation.

Once your child has completed the evaluation:

  1. BabyNet will determine your child’s eligibility for early intervention services
  2. If your child is deemed eligible, you can select your preferred early intervention provider, like About Play. 
  3. Your chosen provider will assign an early interventionist (EI) to your child’s case, and they will contact you to schedule the first visit. 
  4. During the first and second home visits, your EI will conduct a more in-depth assessment and create an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
  5. Your EI will make regular visits to your home, where they’ll interact with your child and provide you with guidance on how to best support your child and practice developmental skills.

What Types of Services Does Early Intervention Provide?

The early intervention services offered by About Play are designed to address the developmental needs of children from birth to three years of age. This array of services aims to support and enhance various areas of your child’s development. 

Some commonly offered early intervention services include:  

  • Speech and language therapy | This service focuses on improving communication skills, such as vocalization, language comprehension, and social interaction. Speech-language pathologists and early interventionists use various techniques and activities to foster your child's communication abilities.
  • Occupational therapy | helps children develop and enhance fine motor skills, sensory processing abilities, and self-help skills. Early interventionists may engage children in play-based activities to promote independence and improve their overall functioning.
  • Early childhood education | Our early intervention program includes educational services that stimulate cognitive development, promote social skills, and foster early learning through age-appropriate activities.
  • Physical therapy | improves gross motor skills, balance, coordination, and strength. They provide exercises, activities, and guidance to help children achieve their motor milestones and participate fully in daily activities.
  • Parent education and support | Early intervention programs recognize the essential role of parents in their child's development. They provide valuable guidance, resources, and support to empower parents in understanding and nurturing their child's needs.

Reap the Benefits of Early Intervention with Help from About Play

In South Carolina, early intervention services are readily accessible and completely free of charge. BabyNet welcomes referrals from anyone concerned about a child's development, aiming to provide qualifying children with essential early intervention support. 

If you suspect your child may be experiencing delays in meeting developmental milestones, it is crucial to take proactive measures and seek assistance as early as possible.

Your child's progress and well-being are paramount, and early intervention can significantly impact their life. Don't hesitate to contact About Play if you are seeking early intervention speech therapy or other relevant services. Our fantastic team can provide comprehensive information and guidance to help your child thrive. 


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