EARLY INTERVENTION

Early InterventionIndependent Living Inc. Pediatric Therapy’s early interventionists and toddler developmental specialists participate in the Children’s Medical Services’ Florida’s Early Steps System. As research shows, a child’s first three years are the most important part of their lives for learning. Each child grows at their own individual pace, and getting an early start puts your child on the right path to developing their full potential. Early Intervention is provided to support families and caregivers in developing the competence and confidence to also help their child learn and develop.

Florida’s Early Steps System is an early intervention system that offers therapy services to eligible infants and toddlers, i.e. birth to thirty-six months, with a condition likely to result in a developmental delay or with significant delays. To find out if your child is eligible, please visit Florida’s Early Steps Eligibility webpage.

Early Steps services are based on evaluations and your family’s concerns, resources, and goals. Independent Living Inc. Pediatric Therapy is a Team Based Primary Service Provider which aims to empower each eligible family by providing a comprehensive team of professionals from the beginning of services through transition.

The goal is to…

…receive strong support from one person.
…provide a comprehensive team of professionals from beginning to end.
…have fewer appointments, in turn, providing more time to be a “family”.

Services are provided to the family and child where they are most comfortable, in their natural environment. This enables the family to implement developmentally appropriate learning opportunities during everyday activities and routines. Most services will be early intervention home visits. Children’s Medical Services has a short video that demonstrates and explains early intervention home visits. Click on the English or Spanish version below:

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Features of Early Steps:

  • Coordinates payments for recommended services.
  • Brings services into the child’s life rather than fitting the child into services.
  • Maximizes each child’s everyday natural learning opportunities.
  • Enhances each child’s development and participation in community life.
  • Provides each child with a consistent team for evaluation and services.
  • Gives families options in service decisions and encourages active partnerships.
  • Provides a primary service provider to work with your family, other caregivers, and the team.