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
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.
Strategies 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.
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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