Frequent assessments help you and the rest of the Early Intervention (EI) team to understand your child’s changing strengths, needs, interests, and skills. The Illinois EI Program promotes a team approach, with an equal partnership between families and providers. You
Healthy sleep habits can help a child feel safe and secure. A baby’s sleep patterns are constantly changing as a result of his or her development. Birth to 12 months 12–24 months 24–36 months What to expect Most newborns will
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The Illinois Early Intervention (EI) Clearinghouse is here to serve as your resource for information on parenting, child development, early childhood education, early intervention, and helping children with special needs.
This topical guide on establishing healthy sleep habits will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.
Celebrating Change: Transition from Early Intervention. What Parents Can Do to Help in the Transition Process. Tip Box: Web Sites of Interest. Tip Box: Illinois-Specific Resources for Transition. Tip Box: DHS Part C State Application Available for Review.
The EI Clearinghouse: a Resource for Families
Healthy Sleep Key to First Few Years
Infant and Toddler Safety: Learning from Birth. Safety Checklist for Infants and Toddlers. Tip Box: Reducing the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: The Safe Sleep Top 10. Tip Box: Web Sites of Interest.
Finding Child Care for Children with Special Needs. Finding Childcare in Illinois: Utilizing INCCRRA. Tip Box: DHS Child Care Assistance Program. Tip Box: Sharing Information with a Caregiver “Cheat Sheet”. Tip Box: Benefits of Inclusive Child Care. Tip Box: Useful Web Sites on Child Care.
What are the Benefits of Early Intervention? Ideas for Improving Child and Family Outcomes. Tip Box: Web Sites Related to Family and Child Outcomes. Tip Box: How can I get materials from the library? Resource Guide: Books and Videos on Improving Child and Family Outcomes
Early Intervention and Autism: Common Sense Reasons to Participate. Diagnosis and Early Intervention in Autism. Tip Box: Popular Web Sites Devoted to Autism. Tip Box: “Red Flags” of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Recognizing Sleep Disorders in Your Infant. Do’s and Don’ts for Teaching Your Child Good Sleep Habits. Tip Box: Preventing SIDS.
Attachment and Early Relationships: Building a Foundation for Healthy Emotional Development. Parenting Tips for Bonding with Baby. Tip Box: Separation Anxiety in Infants and Toddlers. Tip Box: Web Sites Concerned with Attachment and Early Relationships.
EI Clearinghouse Moves to Champaign. What Is the Role of the EI Service Provider? Tip Box: Director’s Corner – introducing EI Notes, pleased to be w/ IEITP & PC. Tip Box: Natural Enviroments. Tip Box: Natural Environments in the Community.
New Books and DVDs for Families. How Can I Work with My EI Service Provider to Help My Child? Tip Box: Director’s Corner – 3 key principles for EI in natural environments
Looking for Information on Autism? Child and Family Connections. Tip Box: Family Fee Payment Address Change.
Your Child’s Transition Out of the Early Intervention Program. When I’m 3, Where Will I Be? Tip Box: CONNECT Transition Module.
EI Clearinghouse Revises “Family Guide”. Resolving Your Family’s Concerns. Tip Box: EI Clearinghouse on Facebook and Twitter.
EI Clearinghouse Expands Its Collection. Your Legal Rights. Tip Box: EI Clearinghouse on Facebook and Twitter.
Resources for Family with Young Children. Do You Have an Early Head Start Program in Your Community? Tip Box: Director’s Corner –having conversations with your child, providers, etc.
Crisis Nurseries in IL. Revisions in Federal Regulation for Early Intervention. Tip Box: Video List Updated!
Early Intervention Visits in the Home: Boundaries Promote Success. Meet Our New Librarian! Tip Box: What Happens When Early Intervention Ends?
Paying for EI services. Exciting Changes at the EI Clearinghouse.
What Parents Can Do to Encourage Language Development. Check out our new Board Book Bags. Making the connections: How Babies Develop Language Skills.
The EI Clearinghouse is your Information Station; Borrowing materials from the EI Clearinghouse is as easy as A–B–C. Clearinghouse Resources Can Help You Navigate the Early Intervention System.
Early Intervention: Partnership at Its Best; Professional Development. Must Reads. We’ve Expanded Our Autism Collection. Great New Resources for Illinois Families.
Reviewing Your Individualized Family Service Plan; It’s Time to Change: How We View a Child’s Growth; Director’s Corner; The Family’s Role in Early Intervention Services
Parents and Children Play to Learn; Parent-Child Play Activities to Promote Healthy Child Development
Nurture Your Child’s Nutrition; Food Fun Plus; eBooks Are Here
Connections on Your Early Intervention Journey; Word From Parent Liaisons; Off the Shelf at the Clearinghouse
Building Your Child’s Social Skills Can Bring Lifelong Rewards
Assistive Technology for Infants and Toddlers
This newly revised guide includes information on the Illinois Early Intervention (EI) Program, why EI services are important, how to find out whether your child is eligible for the EI program, starting and leaving EI services, your legal rights, and questions frequently asked by families.
Adaptations are a way to meet the unique needs of all children, including children with disabilities and special needs. By using adaptations in your home, you can increase your child’s independent participation and learning in everyday childhood routines and activities.
A child who cries and clings when a parent leaves may be showing separation anxiety. A child with special needs may also show distress by regressing or becoming hyperactive. A little separation anxiety can be a positive sign. It shows
Play has been called the work of childhood, but it can be a fun part of parenting. Laughing, dancing, pretending, and talking with your child nourishes her development. Any safe activity you and your child find fun is play. Here
Although your baby may not yet use many words, he talks to you by smiling, laughing, babbling, and crying. You can adapt your communication methods to your child’s special needs. Here are some fun and easy ways to keep your
Children are sponges for knowledge. They learn through exploring the places, people, and things around them. They love to get messy, wander, and repeat things to gain a clear understanding. As a caregiver, you can create a secure, safe, and
Like adults, infants and toddlers have complex emotions. However, they do not yet understand what they are feeling and how to express it to you. As they grow and develop, they learn how to identify the wide range of human
Although they may not say their first word for almost a year, babies communicate with you immediately. Their behaviors, including eye contact, hand movements, and body positioning, convey their thoughts and feelings. As caregivers, you can “study” your baby by
Babies and toddlers in movies or on television are usually sleeping or smiling. Real babies are sometimes fussy, and many toddlers have occasional temper tantrums. Sometimes a child’s special needs can make it more challenging to comfort him. Here are
Even the healthiest meal won’t do any good if a child won’t eat a single bite. For a variety of reasons, some children are picky eaters. Sometimes children don’t like certain textures, colors, shapes, or tastes. Some children simply refuse
Many families in the Early Intervention program speak different languages at home. This diversity is good for our communities, state, and society. By supporting bilingual families, we are helping children succeed. However, some parents have questions and concerns about children
Visits by providers of early intervention (EI) services are as individual as your child, but most follow a similar pattern when services are delivered in the home. You and your service provider both prepare to work with your child. You