The early years are critical to the success of any child, but are especially vital for a child who has a developmental delay or disability.
Created as Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Alabama's Early Intervention System (AEIS) is the beginning of Pre-K services for children with disabilities and developmental delays; school readiness is its sole function.
AEIS provides supports and services for infants and toddlers birth through age 2 (0 to 36 months of age) who have a medical diagnosis that can delay normal development or who have a developmental delay causing the child to not meet developmental milestones.
Early intervention supports and services focus on teaching the parents and other caregivers ways to help the child learn and participate in everyday activities. AEIS also prepares infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays for transition to the Alabama State Department of Education's and local school systems' preschool program for 3- to 5-year-olds by providing specialized instruction; physical, occupational, and speech-language therapies; service coordination; and parent and family education. Additionally, AEIS provides training to local school system teachers to ensure a smooth, seamless transition to school for infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities.
If you are concerned about your child's development, call the statewide, toll-free Early Intervention Child Find number, 1-800-543-3098 (or TTY 800-499-1816). Spanish-speaking families may call 1-866-450-2838.
To be eligible for services, a child must be between birth and age 3 and experiencing at least a 25 percent delay in one or more of the five developmental areas – communication, physical (including vision and hearing), adaptive, cognitive and social/emotional.
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