Early intervention takes place from 0-3 years of age for children identified early
as having special needs. This is a service provided by the state and eligibility
ends when the child turns three, those services are covered under Part C of IDEA.
If your child is under 3 years old the Department of Early Education & Care is the
government contact for information on Early Intervention Services.
These sites are recommended for Early Intervention Information:
At three years old your child will be “transitioned” out of early intervention and
if there is a continued need for services they will formally enter into the world
of “special education”. Learn more about transitioning from early intervention in
these article and brochures:
Some children, generally those that are high functioning, are identified after age
three during their pre-school years. Unfortunately, because the early intervention
years are over, there is a lot less guidance available to parents. It is especially
important for parents in this group to seek out reliable professionals, both medical
and legal as well as through groups created to support your child’s specific disability.
A child who appears high functioning can often be overlooked for appropriate services
that will allow them to maintain that status. SEPAC can help to connect you with
these professionals and groups.
All states must have a Parent Information & Resource Center(PIRC) to answer parents’
questions relative to disabilities and special needs as well as lend guidance regarding
special education procedure and law. Ours resides at the Federation for Children
with Special Needs. Telephone: (617) 236-7210, (877) 471-0980 (in MA) Email: email@example.com