Early Intervention is an integrated developmental service available to families of children from birth to age three consisting of home visits, center-based visits, assessments, parent-child groups, parent support groups, service coordination, referral and transition assistance. Services are provided by a team of professionals representing a variety of disciplines, such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, social workers and developmental specialists.
Early Intervention (EI) services are for: (a) children with identified disabilities like Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, and Autism; (b) those with developmental delays, as in walking or speaking; or (c) those at risk for delays in development due to risk factors related to birth and/or environmental circumstances.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has the responsibility for administering and overseeing the statewide system of Early Intervention services.
Northeast Arc has two EI programs: Northeast Arc EI – North Shore, based in Danvers, and Northeast Arc EI – Cape Ann, based in Beverly.
Northeast Arc EI – North Shore serves Danvers, Lynn, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Middleton, Nahant, Peabody, Salem, Saugus and Swampscott. Contact Anne Dolan (Program Director) at 978-774-7570 for more information.
Northeast Arc EI – Cape Ann serves Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Magnolia, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport, Topsfield and Wenham. Contact Martha Levine (Program Director) at 978-921-1182 for more information.
- Early Intervention Training Center
- Intensive Early Intervention
- Massachusetts Early Intervention provider list
- Parent Leadership Project
- Massachusetts Act Early