Most children grow and learn at a similar pace. If a child is not developing at or about the same rate as other children, that child may be experiencing a developmental delay. Early intervention is a coordinated, family-focused system of resource access, supports and services for eligible infants and toddlers, ages birth to 3 years who have developmental delays or who are predisposed to developmental delays because of a medical diagnosis, i.e. spina bifida, cerebal palsey, etc. Early Intervention works to identify the special needs of a child and coordinates an individualized plan of services to meet those needs.
The Early Intervention program is funded through the Alabama Department of Rehabilitative Services and the Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.
Alabama Early intervention System (AEIS) is a statewide system that offers eligible families the opportunity to receive appropriate services, including assistive technology, audiology, family therapy, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, psychological services, service coordination, special instruction, social work, speech-language pathology, medical services, transportation, vision and health services, and physical therapy.