Early Intervention Services

Early Intervention Services

Our therapists typically provide these services in the home or other familiar setting (such as family member's home or daycare).  Early Intervention therapy is family-centered and revolves around the priorities and goals of the child's family. Early Intervention speech and occupational therapy regularly involves the parents or caregiver's. Parent or caregiver participation and coaching is a integral part of Early Intervention therapy services.

You child may need Early Intervention therapy if you are concerned with:

  • Play skills
  • Communication
  • Coordination
  • Social skills
  • Overall development

Activities incorporated into early intervention therapy may include:

  • Looking at picture books with your child
  • Playing social games (e.g. peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake)
  • Sensory play (e.g. water play, bean/rice bins, edible play-doh)
  • Large motor and/or fine motor activities (e.g. container play, grasping tasks, climbing activities, tummy-time play)
  • Cause and effect play (e.g., cars down a ramp, ball poppers, knocking over towers of blocks)
  • Family coaching and training

To get started with the Early Intervention Program contact your local Child and Family Connections Office:

Child and Family Connections Listing of Illinois

Have a preference for individuals on your therapy team?  You may request that your service coordinator inquire about therapists at MWST for evaluation or ongoing treatment.

If you have questions regarding Early Invention vs. Clinic Based Services, please call MWST intake team to discuss which option may be best for you and your family.