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Tell Me More! Early Intervention with TuscBDD

The Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities provides early intervention (EI) for children from the age of birth to three years old.

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When parents and guardians have concerns regarding their child’s development, Early Intervention (EI) is a partnership developed to help those families thrive. Dedicated Intervention Specialists work with your child to detect early signs of delays in areas such as:

  • talking
  • playing
  • seeing
  • hearing
  • thinking and/or
  • moving

Then they build strategies and connect families with support and resources. The main goal is to enhance the child’s learning and development through everyday activities in everyday places.

Who Is Eligible?

Children from birth to age three living in Tuscarawas County who are demonstrating a developmental delay or health concern may be eligible for TuscBDD services. Services are tailored to meet the needs of the child’s natural learning environment such as in the home or at daycare. Infants and toddlers learn best through everyday experiences and interactions with familiar people in familiar places. The TuscBDD team builds strategies with that in mind.

“Working alongside the child’s caregivers, Early Intervention team members works on finding meaningful opportunities throughout the child’s day to target outcomes important to the family. Children can make significant progress in their development when interacting with people they feel closest to during meaningful play activities,” explained Eva McClave, TuscBDD Early Intervention Speech-Language Pathologist. “Working collaboratively at the first stages of a child’s life, the Early Intervention team can help a child establish a strong foundation of skills to best prepare them as they enter preschool.”

Team members may include:

  • Parents
  • Developmental Specialist
  • Early Intervention Specialist
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Health Professionals
  • Help Me Grow Service Coordinator

Parents who are concerned about development and milestones can benefit from specialists identifying delays in hearing, speech, seeing, moving, playing, and more. EI provides strategies and support to enhance your child’s learning and development. Check out their website for more information.

The Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities (TuscBDD) has resources for children and adults with developmental disabilities. TuscBDD provides Early Intervention for children birth to three years old, Service and Support Administration for people of all ages, family support services, family mentorship, and more! To learn more about these services and others, visit TuscBDD online at www.tuscbdd.org or call them at (330) 308-7173.

Audrey Mattevi

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