early intervention

Early Intervention includes service and supports to families who have a infant and toddler, ages 0-2, who have a developmental delay or disability. Early Intervention Services through the Jackson County Board of Developmental Disabilities (JCBDD) is a free specialized service component of the Help Me Grow (HMG) system, a collaborative initiative of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (ODDD), the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).

Early Intervention Services are identified for each child and family through development of an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP). The IFSP is the guide to what the family and team decide is the best outcome for their child. Early Intervention Services are provided in the family home by the County Board of Developmental Disabilities in accordance with mandates of the Ohio Revised Code Chapter 5126, through ODDD Early Intervention Rule, and through ODH policy and procedures.

why intervene early?

"We can offer children is a high-quality early learning experience that prepares them for kindergarten. This is true for all children – but it’s especially important for infants and toddlers with disabilities to have access to high-quality early intervention services that prepare them to successfully transition to preschool and kindergarten.” – U. S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan

how we can help

Early Intervention Specialists help families understand how their books, toys and other materials can be used for learning in the home. They can help caregivers engage their child in learning activities that help promote a mastery of emerging developmental skills.

The goal of the Early Intervention Program is to help build upon parents’ strengths and competencies while teaching new strategies to assist in their child’s learning and development.

An Early Intervention Specialist has a background in child development, and can work with your family to help your child achieve skills in a typical developmental order. Specialists are able to assist families and children in the following areas (examples of each include):

  • Physical (reaching, rolling, crawling, walking)
  • Cognitive (thinking, learning, problem solving)
  • Communication (talking, listening, understanding)
  • Social/Emotional (playing, feeling secure and happy)
  • Adaptive (self-help, dressing, eating)
The JCBDD has an Early Intervention Developmental Specialist, Angie Butcher, on staff. She is certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Angie is eager to be a service and support to the families in our county. If you would be interested in Angie’s Services for your infant or toddler (ages 0-2), please call the Help Me Grow agency at 740.286.4436 for the referral process to begin and or call 740.286.6491 with any questions.

“The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C.”

For more information on IDEA and Part C visit: www.idea.ed.gov