Having Safe In-Person Early Intervention Visits

Early intervention (EI) may be provided in-person, by phone, or via live video visits. 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 professionals.

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 are encouraged to 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.

Cancel If You Don’t Feel Well

If you or your child is feeling sick or running a fever cancel your visit. The CDC’s Respiratory Virus Guidance provides practical recommendations and information to help people lower risk from a range of common respiratory viral illnesses, including COVID-19, flu, and RSV.

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

In-person sessions no longer have restrictions on the number of participants. However, try to limit the number of people who interact with the EI professional.