early intervention

colonial intermediate unit 20

Welcome to the website for the Early Intervention program at Colonial Intermediate Unit 20. Our program serves children and their families in Northampton, Monroe, and Pike counties, providing special education services including specialized instruction, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.


Early Intervention (EI) is a collection of programs and services designed to help families of children with or at risk for developmental delays. EI builds upon natural learning occurring in the first years of life. Early Intervention Services may include:

* Early Identification, Screening and Assessment

* Speech Pathology and Audiology

* Specialized Instruction

* Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

* Family Trainings

Preschool children ages three through school age are eligible to receive services if they have a significant developmental delay of 25% of their chronological age in one or more of the five domains of cognitive readiness skills, communication skills, gross motor skills, self-help skills, and behavioral/social/adaptive skills; or a physical disability, hearing loss or vision loss, or a known physical or mental condition which has a high probability for developmental delays.

Upon referral to the EI multidisciplinary team, young children are screened and/or evaluated. Children found to be eligible for special education services have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) developed to meet their individual needs. This written plan is developed by a team of parents and professionals and reflects the child’s unique needs and strengths. These plans are delivered in one of the CIU 20 preschool classrooms, regular preschool classrooms within the child’s community, or with agencies contracted by CIU 20 in Northampton, Monroe, and Pike counties. Early Intervention services can be delivered through consultation, monitoring, itinerant or class setting.

Some of the services we offer include:

Specialized Early Intervention Class

  • A classroom setting designed by the special education team to meet the needs of developmentally delayed students in the educational environment which include typically developing peers as role models. Currently EI has specialized programs for children with multiple disabilities, speech and language needs, and therapeutic needs.

Itinerant Services

  • The goal of itinerant services is to provide supports and services for children in their typical educational environment. Itinerant services support learning centers, families, and children in their development during the preschool years.

Speech and Language Support

  • Services are given to children who have difficulty saying sounds, using and understanding language and/or who require a communication method other than speech (communication boards, sign language).

Hearing Support

  • Services are given to children with an identified hearing loss that significantly affects their development.

Vision Support

  • Services are given to children with a diagnosed visual impairment that significantly affects their development.

Orientation and Mobility

  • Services are given to children with a severe visual impairment and who need assistance learning to navigate within their environment.

Physical Therapy

  • Services are given to children who are unable to access their classroom environment due to motor impairments.

Occupational Therapy

  • Services are given to children who have difficulty with balance, coordination, body awareness, and sensory input.

Behavior Management and Consultation and Monitoring

  • Services are given when children have severe problems following directions, accepting limits, socializing with peers and participating in regular nursery, daycare, early intervention, and/or in the home setting.

Psychological Services

  • Consultation/assessment for specific concerns the team may have regarding the children in the program.

Family Support

  • The EI staff provides family support that is individual to the family’s needs. This may include referral to other community agencies, information on specific areas of interest and coordination of their children’s educational program.

Early Intervention Topics/Trainings

  • Periodic workshops are scheduled on topics of interest for parents, childcare provides, and educators. This provides a network of current information and a time for sharing ideas and concerns with others.

Public Awareness

  • CIU 20 contacts physicians, school districts, nursery schools, and daycares on an ongoing basis to explain EI services. EI staff participates in the local Interagency Coordinating Councils and other community groups.

Curriculum and Instruction

  • All Early Intervention programs use the Creative Curriculum, a developmentally appropriate curriculum for children that is based on research and theory and focuses on how children learn, the learning environment, what children learn, the teacher’s role, and the family’s role. The Creative Curriculum Developmental Continuum assesses a child’s progress with respect to the goals of the general education curriculum. Ongoing information is collected over a period of time using direct observation of the child during classroom activities. The Creative Curriculum addresses social/emotional development, physical development, cognitive development and language and literacy.
  • Specialized classrooms use the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS) which assesses basic learner skills, academic, self-help and motor skills. The Hawaii Early Learning Profile Strands (HELP) which assesses regulatory/sensory organization, cognitive, language, gross motor, fine motor, social/emotional, and self-help skills is also used.

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