Early Intervention

While all children grow and develop in unique ways, some children experience delays in their development. Children with developmental delays and disabilities benefit from collaboration among parents, service providers and those who work with young children needing special services. The Trudeau Center offers an Early Intervention (EI) Program for children aged 0 to 3. The purpose of the EI Program is to support parents and caregivers in promoting the development of infants and toddlers with developmental challenges. The foundation of EI is the collaboration between families and professionals.

Young children learn by participating in the daily routines of the family (mealtime, playtime, dressing, riding in the car, going to the playground, etc.) Together with you, the parent, as the most important member of the team, we will develop a plan based upon your child's strengths and needs and the family's concerns and priorities.

Referrals & Eligibility

Playground A child may be referred to EI by several means. A parent may contact the EI program directly, or a pediatrician, a hospital, a social worker, or others may refer the child, with the consent of the family.

Once eligibility has been established, an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is written in collaboration with the family to outline both the needs of the child and how they will be addressed. A service coordinator for the child and family will be assigned, according to the needs of the child.

Our Strategy

Playing in ParkStrategies to promote development are incorporated into the child's natural routines and environments. Caregivers are included in all visits to encourage carry-over between visits. Specialized therapy services (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy), as well as nutritional, nursing and family support are provided. Many services take place in the child’s home, but may also occur at the EI center, child care center, or community setting. Again, all services, their frequency and their delivery options will be written in the IFSP in collaboration with the family.

The EI Transition process begins at the age of 28 months. At this time, if necessary, EI representatives notify the family’s local school district to make the district aware of any needs the child might continue to have and to plan for the testing required by the school district to determine education eligibility within the school system.

Costs

Services are at no cost to families. Rhode Island state law does require commercial insurance carriers operating in Rhode Island to cover early intervention services. There can be no impact on premiums, annual or policy term caps.

The Trudeau Memorial Center offers EI services from our Warwick, RI site, located at 3445 Post Road in the Mullen building (in the back parking lot across from the main building) and in the URI campus located at 25 West Independence Way, Kingston, RI.

For further information about our program, please contact Pat Maris, Director, at (401) 823‑1731 ext. 361

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Locations
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Early Intervention is located in the Mullen Building in the back parking lot at Trudeau Center's main location.
3445 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886

For families living in the South County Area, we have an addition location on the URI campus.
25 West Independence Way
Kingston, RI 02881

Recent News

Early Intervention's New Playground

The Warwick Early Intervention site has a brand new playground! The original playground was built over twenty years ago with the construction of our current facility. Although the equipment needed to be replaced, budget constraints prevented us from making such a large purchase. So for the first time in our history, we reached out to Early Intervention families – those whose children were once involved with our program as well as current families.

Donations began to arrive, and with additional corporate and community foundation support, our new playground became a reality. It features a seamless soft surface; climbing structure with slide; playhouse, complete with gas station and basketball hoop; large ‘fish’ crawl tube and sandbox. Playground time can once again be incorporated into our playgroup curriculum. Summer is here, and we look forward to our kids having fun while learning in the fresh air on our new playground.

Thanks to the generosity of present and former EI families and the community at large, for our new playground. The children love it!

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Frequently Asked Questions


I'd like to enroll my child in the Early Intervention Program. What is the first step?

The first step is a referral. A parent may contact the EI program directly, or a pediatrician, a hospital, a social worker, or others may refer the child, with the consent of the family.


Where are services delivered?

Many services take place in the child’s home, but may also occur at one of our EI centers, child care center, or community setting. The frequency of services and delivery options will be written in and Individualized Family Service Plan.


How much does the Early Intervention program cost?

Services are at no cost to families. Rhode Island state law does require commercial insurance carriers operating in Rhode Island to cover early intervention services.