Purpose of Baby Watch Early Intervention Program (BWEIP)
This program provides early identification and developmental services for infants and toddlers, ages birth to three with a developmental delay or disability, and their families.
Early Intervention services include:
- A Multidisciplinary assessment of a child's current health and development.
- Service coordination that will help parents obtain the services and supports necessary to benefit their child’s development.
- Outcomes and strategies that will build on family concerns, priorities, & resources (CPR).
- Developmental services for infants and toddlers, and their families.
- Services that are provided in the child’s natural environment, including home and community settings (i.e. child care).
- Early Intervention follows a family centered model of service delivery that empowers the family to help their child continue to develop and learn.
These services are provided through the coordinated efforts of parents, Early Intervention professionals, local Early Intervention Programs, and community agencies. Parents and families are active participants on the Early Intervention team.
Who Qualifies to Receive Early Intervention Services?
Children birth to three years of age who meet or exceed the definition of developmental delays in one or more of the following areas:
- Physical Development
- Health, Hearing and Vision
- Adaptive Skills (i. e. feeding and dressing)
- Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Learning, Problem Solving, and Play Skills
Early Intervention has a list of diagnoses that automatically qualifies a child for services. The program must have documentation of the diagnosis.