Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my child needs Early Intervention?
You know your child best. Contact AzEIP if you have concerns about how your child:
- Plays and interacts with others
Who is eligible for services?
Any child from birth to 36 months who is developmentally delayed or who has an established condition, which has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay, as defined by the State.
Who can refer a child?
A referral may be made by anyone in contact with the child, who has a concern about the child's development. Parents or other family members, doctors, nurses, childcare workers, social workers, or anyone who has contact with the child may make a referral. Of course, the child's parents will always be contacted for permission before any action is taken.
How do I refer a child?
Contact your local AzEIP Office to refer a child to AzEIP. You will be asked for basic information, such as the child's name and date of birth, and the family's address and telephone number, as well as the reason you are concerned. You may also contact the DES/AzEIP office for your local Initial Planning Process (IPP) Team Lead.
What happens if my child is referred to AzEIP?
When your child is referred to AzEIP, your family is contacted and given information about early intervention services and eligibility. If your family is interested in AzEIP, arrangements are made to meet at a time and place convenient for your family, in order to begin the initial planning process (IPP). The IPP process includes assessment, eligibility determination, and, for eligible children, the development of an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).
During visits with the family, information about your child's development, health, and medical history is gathered, and the family's concerns, interests, and priorities are explored. Information may be gathered by reviewing existing records, observation, and/or formal evaluation measures.
If your child is eligible for the early intervention program, family members, a Service Coordinator, individuals involved in the assessment process, and others you, the family, may wish to include, work as a team to develop desired outcomes related to your child's development. These outcomes are the foundation of the Individualized Family Service Plan. The team members share information and resources, and identify strategies, activities, supports, and services related to these outcomes.
Your family may stay enrolled in AzEIP until your child turns three years of age or your child no longer needs early intervention. As your child nears two and a half years of age, your Service Coordinator will help you determine the next steps for your child. These steps may include a preschool program for children with special needs offered by your local school district, a Head Start program, or a local childcare center.
Who will contact the family?
A local AzEIP office representative and/or the Service Coordinator will contact the family. If the family is interested, the Service Coordinator will make an appointment to visit with the family in the home or another location of their choosing. During this visit, the family may talk with the Service Coordinator about concerns, and ask questions about their child's development. They will be asked to share information about the child's health and medical history. The Service Coordinator and the family may decide that a more detailed evaluation of the child's development is needed.
What kinds of early intervention supports and services are available?
Early intervention services support you and other caregivers to help your child learn and grow. All families will have a Service Coordinator to assist and coordinate early intervention and other community resources. Your team will assist you to develop outcomes for your child and family to support your child’s learning and participation at home and in the community. Based on those outcomes, the team, including you, determines the early intervention services to help you meet the outcomes, which may include occupational, physical or speech therapy, developmental special instruction, social work or psychological services. Other services may be determined based upon your outcomes.
What will early intervention supports and services cost me?
AzEIP considers all resources available to the family and to service providers, and ensures that expenses, if any, are minimal. AzEIP also has Family Cost Participation, which may require you to pay a percent of the costs of the services depending on your family’s size and income.
How long can my child stay in early intervention?
Your child and family may stay enrolled in AzEIP until your child turns three years old or until your child no longer needs early intervention. As your child nears two and a half years old, your Service Coordinator and other people who work with your family will talk to you about transition to other programs, which may include a preschool program for children with special needs offered by your local school district, a Head Start program, or a local childcare center.
What if my child is Three years old or more?
Since AzEIP only serves children from birth to 36 months and their families, you will need to contact your local school district for further information about preschool programs and services. If you would like help locating the proper school district, the local AzEIP Initial Planning Process office will be able to assist you.