Common Myths About Early Intervention

Early intervention is only for child with disabilities like Down syndrome.


Kids under 3 are eligible for early intervention if they have a disability or developmental delay. This includes children who haven't reached certain developmental milestones, including communication or social-emotional milestones. 

My child isn't eligible for early intervention services. There is nothing I can do to change that.


If you disagree with the results of an evaluation, you can challenge the decision. You can request to meet with officials to talk about concerns (mediation). You can also request an impartial hearing (due process).

What if you agree that your child isn’t eligible, but feel you still need help? Ask the service coordinator to help you find services in your community. 

The experts handle early intervention. Parents really aren't included and their input isn't valued. 


Nothing could be further from the truth! You are an essential partner in early intervention. You have the right to be involved with your child's evaluation and IFSP. You help decide what services your child and family need, the results you'd like to see, and who will provide services. 

There is no way for me to stayed informed about my child's early intervention services.


According to the law, you HAVE to be informed before anything happens. This is called prior written notice. Prior written notice explains what is happening and why. In some cases, you must also officially consent for services to start to change. 

My child's information will not be private. Nothing is private anymore and anyone can see their information.


The law has a lot to say about this topic. There are strict requirements to keep your family's information private. Evaluators, service providers and service coordinators must carefully protect all your information.

They have to get written permission from you to release information about your child. You can change your mind at any time about who has access tot his information. 

Now that my child has a plan for early intervention, I can't change it.


Remember, the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is a "living" document. You and the team review every six months to make sure it's still a good fit for you and your family. 

Also, you can request a change any time you feel it's necessary. You can ask to change goals, add new goals, and you might even request changes if it seems like the current plan isn't working well for your child.