Most infants under the age of three years old who get EI services are those whose development is delayed, yet they do not have any specific diagnosis. Are you concerned about your child?
According to the Department of Health and Senior Services in New Jersey, a child is considered eligible for early intervention services if he or she is under the age of three and has at least a 33% delay in one and/or at least a 25% delay in two or more of the developmental areas listed below:
• Physical; including gross motor, fine motor, and sensory (vision and hearing)
• Social or emotional
Eligibility for early intervention services is determined using clinical opinion, parent
report, and standardized evaluation/assessment and criterion referenced measures. The
percentages listed above for a developmental delay are calculated on the basis of
corrected age for infants born before 38 weeks gestation and applying until 24 months of age. Corrected age is based on 40 weeks term.
Children with a diagnosed developmental disAbility are eligible based upon the diagnosis.