Delaware’s Early Intervention System for Infants, and Toddlers with Disabilities and Their Families

What is Early Intervention?

Early intervention is a system of services that helps babies and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities. Early intervention focuses on helping eligible babies and toddlers learn the basic and brand-new skills that typically develop during the first three years of life, such as:

  • physical (reaching, rolling, crawling, and walking);
  • cognitive (thinking, learning, solving problems);
  • communication (talking, listening, understanding);
  • social/emotional (playing, feeling secure and happy); and
  • self-help (eating, dressing)

Examples of early intervention services

If an infant or toddler has a disability or a developmental delay in one or more of these developmental areas, that child will likely be eligible for early intervention services. Those services will be tailored to meet the child’s individual needs and may include:

  • Assistive technology (devices a child might need)
  • Audiology or hearing services
  • Speech and language services
  • Counseling and training for a family
  • Medical services
  • Nursing services
  • Nutrition services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychological services

Additional Resources


Delaware's Birth-to-Three website
Early Intervention Services for Infants and Toddlers - HAITIANCREOLE
HAITIANCREOLE - Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) for Infants Toddlers with disabilities and their Families
SPANISH - Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilties and their Families
HAITIANCREOLE - Transition at age Three
Early Intervention Services for Infants, Toddlers and their Families
Indivuzlized Family Service Plan (IFSP) for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilties and their Families
Transition at Age Three

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