Who: Children up to age 3 who have or are at high risk for a developmental delay, disability or health condition
What: Comprehensive developmental assessment and individualized services to eligible infants, toddlers and their families.
Are you concerned about your infant or toddler’s development? Has your pediatrician recommended an evaluation for your child? The Early Intervention program is designed to support families with young children suspected of or identified as having a developmental disability, delay, health condition or a cluster of risk factors that may impact a child’s development.
The Cape & Islands Early Childhood Intervention Program’s staff goes to great lengths to understand your child’s complex and unique developmental needs. The assessment team will administer an assessment tool and play with your child, observe him or her, and speak with family members who know them best to help determine eligibility and the next step for your child and family.
If your family is eligible for services, you will be assigned a service coordinator/provider who will work with you and the early intervention team to develop and carry out an individualized service plan that addresses your child’s developmental needs and your family’s priorities.
The services are delivered within natural environments (such as your home, child care site or local playground) to create opportunities for you and your child to actively participate within your community while allowing staff to monitor your child’s developmental progress and provide suggestions and strategies.
The speech and language pathologists, physical and occupational therapists, special needs educators, social workers, psychologists, nurses and specialty service providers that make up the early intervention team are committed to providing your child with the foundation they need in their earliest years.
Early intervention and assessment can make a difference! For more information or to schedule an assessment, please call the Early Intervention program at: 508-775-6240 (ext. 450)
All services are home and community based on Nantucket. Nantucket residents should call 508.775.6240 to set up an appointment for an in-home team evaluation to determine eligibility. If eligible, services are provided in the home or in community settings that the child/family are involved in, such as their childcare site.
There is no out-of-pocket cost to families. The program bills insurance, MAHealth, and the Department of Public Health as the payor of last resort.
Types of Insurance Accepted:
- All insurance is accepted, but some plans do not include Early Intervention, in which case DPH becomes the payor.
Make things easier by preparing these things ahead of time:
- It is helpful to have insurance information available at the time of the phone call to make a referral.