Chapter 13

Early Intervention Information

Early Intervention Overview

Early Intervention Programs

Early Intervention Effective Practices

Early Intervention Key Terms

Videos of Early Intervention in Action

The Importance of Early Intervention

Family Systems Approach

Family Systems Therapy








Division for Early Childhood

The Who, What and Why of an IFSP 1

The Who, What and Why of an IFSP 2

Blank IFSP

Outcomes Measurement: IFSP/IEP-Outcomes Integration

Developmental Delay Fact Sheet

The Center for Inclusive Childcare

Wright’s Law

Additional Readings & Resources

Developmental Delay “Fact Sheet:”

Early Intervention Key Terms:

Videos of Early Intervention in Action:

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center Fact Sheets:

Special Education Laws and Advocacy:

Wright’s Law:

Penn State Early Intervention Informational Website:

NY State Early Childhood Education and Training Programs: Early Intervention (scroll halfway down the page). “During this fully narrated course trainees will learn important information pertaining to resources available to them, including the New York State Department of Health’s Early Intervention Program that may be helpful when working with a child from birth to three years old who is exhibiting atypical behavior for their age or stage of development. Learning points of the training are enhanced throughout using video clips and interactive exercises.”

“Jawonio is the premiere provider of lifespan services in New York’s Hudson Valley for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, behavioral health challenges and chronic medical needs. For almost 70 years, Jawonio has provided award-winning, integrated and innovative lifespan services for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, behavioral health challenges and chronic medical special needs throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley Region of New York State. Over the past decade, Jawonio has expanded it’s unique and individualized services to Orange County as well. The mission of Jawonio is to advance the independence, well-being and equality of people with disabilities or special needs.”  

Jawonio Early Intervention: A Journey to Success for Children with Special Needs

This video focuses on the parent’s perspective of what it is like to raise an infant/toddler with disabilities and the importance of Early Intervention.

A Parent’s Basic Guide to the Early Intervention Program (NY State):

Christian, L. (2006). Understanding families: Applying family systems theory to early

childhood practice. Beyond the journal, (January 2006), 1-8.

Dunst, C. J. (2000). Revisiting” rethinking early intervention”. Topics in early childhood

special education20(2), 95-104. – See additional articles on this webpage:

Macy, M., Squires, J. K., & Barton, E. E. (2009). Providing optimal opportunities:

Structuring practicum experiences in early intervention and early childhood special

education preservice programs. Topics in early childhood special education, (February

2009), 209-218. Retrieved from:

Stayton, V. & Bruder, M. B. (1999). Early intervention personnel preparation for the new

millennium: Early childhood special education. Infants and young children, (July 1999),

59-69. Retrieved from:

Thorp, E.K., & McCollum, J.A. (1994). Defining the infancy specialization in early childhood special education. In L. J. Johnson, R.J. Gallagher, M. J. Montagne, et al. (Eds.), Meeting early intervention challenges: Issues from birth to three (pp.167-83). Retrieved from: