We are CFC#15 serving Will, Grundy, Kankakee and LaSalle Counties. This office is a family’s first stop for questions about Early Intervention (EI) services. The CFC staff can answer your questions about your child’s development. We can help you decide if your child might benefit from an evaluation. We can arrange for children under the age of 3 to have evaluations and assessments at no cost to the family.
If your child qualifies for the EI program, a team of EI providers and your CFC Service Coordinator will work with you to design a service plan, also at no cost. The plan is called the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). It is used to identify your priorities for your child and important outcomes for your child and family. After you develop a plan, your CFC service coordinator will help you find providers and schedule the services identified in the IFSP to support you and your child.
The CFC offices are through the Early Intervention Bureau in the Illinois Department of Human Services. More information can be found at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/ei
What are early intervention (EI) services?
Early Intervention services are designed to meet an infant’s or toddler’s needs in these areas of development:
- Physical (how your baby moves and explores)
- Cognitive (how your baby learns)
- Communication (how your baby lets you know what they need)
- Social-Emotional (how your baby engages with you and shows feelings)
- Adaptive (how your baby uses new skills)
If your child has delays in one of these areas your child may benefit from EI services.
Your child’s needs determine the number of services your family receives. Most families receive between one and three services. The number can very based on your child and family’s needs and priorities. As these change over time, the number of services can also change. Currently EI services may be conducted in one or more of the following areas:
- Assistive Technology / Aural Rehabilitation
- Developmental therapy / Special Instructions
- Family Training and support
- Health Consultation
- Medical Services (Only for diagnostic or evaluation purposes)
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Psychological / Counseling services
- Service Coordination
- Social Work
- Speech Language
Who is on your service provider team is determined by your child and family needs.
For more information you can call our office at 815-730-2617 or you can get additional information at the following links
Provider Connections: http://www.wiu.edu/ProviderConnections/
EI Clearing House: http://www.eiclearinghouse.org/