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Having Safe In-Person Early Intervention Visits
As Illinois continues to reopen, early intervention (EI) may be provided in-person. Of course, it remains your choice whether you receive EI in person, by phone, or via live video visits or put services on hold until you are ready. Your EI providers and service coordinator will also voice their opinions about the type of EI visits your family receives. Together, you may choose the best type of visit for your family. If you choose to pursue in-person EI visits, here are some ways to protect yourself, your family, and your EI professional.
- Stay Outside
If possible, consider having the in-person visit outside. This way you can limit interactions between the EI professional and your family and home environment.
- Wear a Mask
You and your EI provider should wear a mask during the visit. If your EI visit is outdoors and you can physically distance, masks can be removed. Notably, children under age 2 do not need to wear a mask. Visit the CDC for information about how to appropriately wear a mask.
- Cancel If You Don’t Feel Well
If you or anyone in your home is demonstrating signs of COVID-19, feeling sick, and/or have a temperature, cancel your visit. If you have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, postpone all in-person EI visits for 14 days. Visit the CDC for information about COVID-19 symptoms.
- Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands and your child’s hands properly before and after the EI session.
- Keep Your Distance
To the extent possible, practice social distancing. Your provider may coach you in certain strategies to facilitate social distancing.
- Minimize Contacts
Limit the number of people who interact with the EI professional. For example, there should be only one parent or caregiver with the child and the EI provider.