Early Intervention

Serving children from 0 to 3 years of age, and their families

Do you have concerns about how your child…

  • crawls or walks?
  • hears or sees?
  • talks?
  • eats?
  • plays?

Or does your child have a diagnosis such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, or Autism?

Find out if your child could benefit from Early Intervention services! Call our referral line at 206-957-4841.

What is Early Intervention?

Early Intervention includes services to help infants and toddlers, birth up to three years, with disabilities or delays in their development.

Services offered include: speech therapy, occupational therapy, special education, and more. Early intervention also provides coaching and support to parents and caregivers to build upon family strengths and help children reach their full potential.

Early intervention services can have a definite, long-lasting impact on how children grow, learn, and regulate their emotions.

When a child enters into our Early Intervention program they receive a multi-disciplinary team evaluation. If needed, from this evaluation a child is made eligible for program services and an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) is created. Our specialized team members work with the child and family to carry out the IFSP and meet Early Intervention needs in the natural environment(s).

Childhaven is excited to be a community provider with the State of Washington’s Department of Early Learning (DEL), Early Supports for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT).

Who is eligible for Early Intervention services in Washington?

To be eligible, a child must have a 25 percent delay or show a 1.5 standard deviation below his or her age in one or more of the developmental areas. A child may also be eligible if he or she has a physical or mental condition such as Down Syndrome that is known to cause a delay in development.

Read more about eligibility here.

Who can refer a child?

Anyone who has a concern about a child’s development may make a referral. This includes parents, guardians, foster parents and family members; professionals such as pediatricians, other physicians, social workers, nurses, child care providers; or others who have contact with the child. If someone other than the child’s parents makes the referral, the parents will be contacted for their permission before any action is taken.

Resources in the community

Want to learn more about Early Intervention? Visit the websites below.

Center for Children with Special Needs
An information source for families and professionals. Focused on children and youth with special health needs who have physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions.

Parent to Parent
Support and information for families of children with developmental disabilities.

Washington State Fathers Network
Support and information for fathers and families of children with special needs.

Washington Partnerships for Action Voices for Empowerment (PAVE)
Information and resources with people whose lives are linked to children and adults with disabilities.

Department of Health Early Hearing Loss publications

Washington Hands and Voices
Supporting families with children who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing by providing families with resources, networks, and information needed to improve communication and educational outcomes for their children.

Family to Family Health Information Center
Working to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities.

Zero to Three
Provides information, training, and support for professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

Washington Health Benefit Exchange
As part of national health care reform, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange is creating Washington Healthplanfinder, an online marketplace for individuals, families and small businesses in Washington to compare and enroll in quality health insurance plans and access important cost savings. Open enrollment starts October 1, 2013.