What is early intervention?

Early Intervention supports families of infants and toddlers,
ages birth to three years, with developmental delays and disabilities. Children learn best with people they know and in the places they spend most of their time. Early Intervention professionals help families build on the things they do every day to support their child’s learning and development in order to reach their goals for their child. 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 skills (reaching, crawling, walking, drawing, building)

  • Cognitive skills (thinking, learning, solving problems)

  • Communication skills (talking, listening, understanding others)

  •  Self-help or adaptive skills (eating, dressing)

  • Social or emotional skills (playing, interacting with others

  • Sensory processing skills (handling textures, tastes, sounds, smells)

Who is eligible for early intervention services?

Early intervention services are provided to babies and toddlers, up to age three, who have a developmental delay or disability. Services focus on helping families teach their baby or toddler skills during everyday activities and routines. Services are provided to babies and toddler and their families, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. Services are provided both in home, and if requested, in the community.

How do I request an evaluation for early intervention services?

Anyone can make a referral to the early intervention program, including parents, pediatricians, family members, daycare providers and others. If you are in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, please contact Infant Toddler Connection of Shenandoah Valley. 

Infant Toddler Connection of Shenandoah Valley


What services are available through early intervention?

Services through early intervention focus on the development of physical skills, social and emotional skills, adaptive functioning, and communication skills. Some services that may be available to your loved one include:

  • Screening and assessment services;

  • Speech and language therapy;

  • Physical and/or occupational therapy;

  • Psychological services;

  • Home visits and community-based instruction;

  • Medical, nursing and nutrition services;

  • Hearing and vision services;

  • Social work services; and/or

  • Transportation services

Helpful documents 

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What to expect during an early intervention visit

Referral Form


Safeguards for families

Helpful links

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Tel: 540-692-9650

Email: shenvalleyarc@gmail.com

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