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Landing Pad IconDo you have an infant or toddler who is enrolled in early intervention? Or are you looking for more information about the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia? This page is a starting place to help link parents to information about early intervention supports and services and answer their questions about the early intervention process.

 

Click the link to go directly to the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia.


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What is Early Intervention in Virginia?
VA's Integrated Training Collaborative

This video features Virginia service providers, families, and administrators as they describe early intervention. Video clips and photos are also featured to help viewers understand what early intervention looks like and why it works.

 

 

FAQs for Families

What is Early Intervention?

Early intervention is a system of supports and services available to infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. According to the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia:

 

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.

 

The I&TC of VA has developed several resources with information for families:

The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities also provides an Overview of Early Intervention and defines key terms, such as eligibility and developmental delay.

 

What is the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia?

The I&TC of VA is the name of the early intervention program in Virginia that serves infants and toddlers, ages birth to 36 months, who have developmental delays, disabilities, and/or atypical development, and their families. I&TC programs are available in all cities and counties across the state.

For information about the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia, visit their homepage at www.infantva.org or their Information for Families page.

 

How do I refer my child for early intervention services?

You can refer your child to early intervention by calling your local Infant & Toddler Connection program. Review the Making A Referral – Who & How and Where? document for more information on how to make a referral and how to find the contact information for your local program. Or, you can call 1-800-234-1448 for assistance with making a referral.

 

I’m concerned about my child’s development but not sure if he needs early intervention. What should I do?

You can refer your child to early intervention anytime you have a concern or would like to have your child’s development screened or evaluated. You can also talk to your pediatrician or family doctor to discuss your concerns and ask that he/she help you determine if a referral is needed.

 

How do I find out about resources in my community for my child and family?
Talking with your child’s pediatrician is a great start. You can also search for resources on the Virginia Navigator site.

Success Stories from Virginia Families

Brandon's StoryTelly AwardBrandon's Story

Meet Brandon’s mother as she talks about the importance and impact of early intervention on her son’s life. You’ll also hear from Brandon, who is a teenager and talented musician.

 

 

Brandon's StoryCiNyah's Story

Read about how CiNyah learned to crawl and walk with the support of her local Infant & Toddler Connection program.

 

 

Jackson's StoryJackson's Story

Read about Jackson’s family’s experience and how his local Infant & Toddler Connection program supported them.

 

 

Liam's StoryLiam's Story

Hear from Liam’s mother, Jamie, about how important early intervention has been in her son’s life. In the video, you will meet Jamie and Liam and see how, through collaboration between his family and his early intervention providers, Liam is able to communicate, use a computer, and move about at home, on trips to a museum and out to get ice cream with his family.

Other Resources

Agreed Upon Mission and Key Principles for Providing Early Intervention in Natural Environments

 

Being Amy’s Sister: On Having a Sibling with a Disability (Video from JFK Partners)

 

Creating Connections to Shining Stars: Virginia’s Collaborative Early Childhood Birth through Five Conference

 

A Different Dream (Blog post about Early Intervention)

 

Harper Hope: A Parent’s View of the Power of Early Intervention (Video from Desired Results Access Project)

 

Notice of Child and Family Rights and Safeguards Including Facts About Family Cost Share

 

Strengthening Partnerships: A Guide to Family Rights & Safeguards in the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia

 

Tell Us About Your Child

 

Videos about Early Intervention

 

Virginia’s Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

 

Writing the IFSP for your Child
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities



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