Early intervention refers to the range of services designed to enhance the development of infants and toddlers with disabilities or at risk of developmental delay. These services should be offered, to the maximum extent possible, in a natural environment, such as the home or in community settings, in which children without disabilities participate. Early intervention services that are under public supervision must be provided by qualified personnel and require the development of an individualized family service plan, developed in conjunction with the family, to guide the early intervention or therapeutic services given to a child.
Deborah Groening is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Psy.D. Candidate, and Certified Infant-Mental Health Specialist. She is also the Executive Director of Well Baby Center.