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Early Intervention


Updated October 12, 2009

Definition: Early intervention is a group of U.S. government-funded programs carried out by the states. Early intervention helps families and children from birth to age 3 who have a developmental concern or who are at risk to make sure that these children grow to their greatest potential. Services vary by state, but may include:

  • Educational services
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Family counseling

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