Early intervention is a broad term used to describe a range of services intended to improve developmental outcomes of young children who are identified as at risk for developmental difficulties or who present with developmental delays or disabilities. These services have been created through legislation and national and state policies. To promote early healthy development and positive outcomes, two broad areas of service have emerged, both of which are referred to as early intervention.

Early intervention is a collection of therapy and assessment methods used primarily on children younger than 6 years. These methods assist cognitive and emotional development, as well as prevent and alleviate developmental disabilities and delays. Researchers make a distinction between Early Intervention (uppercase) and early intervention (lowercase), although both areas of service ...

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