Early Intervention for Children with Disabilities/Delays

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Programs that identify infants, toddlers and in some cases, preschoolers who show evidence of or are at risk for lags in physical development, cognitive development, language and speech development, psychosocial development. Services may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, audiology, health/medical services, nursing services, nutrition services, psychological services including specialized play groups or therapy sessions, counseling, speech and language assistance, special instructional services, transportation, and parenting skills development; and ongoing evaluation of the child's progress. (AIRS LR-1700)

In the United States, some early intervention services to eligible children and families are federally mandated through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Other early intervention services are available through various national, regional, and state programs such as Crisis Nurseries and Healthy Start/Healthy Families America. In Utah, Early Intervention programs contract with the Utah Dept. of Health Baby Watch Program to provide local services for families of infants and toddlers, from birth to age three.

320 Phillips Street Unit D #103
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Phone: 401-284-1000
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Organization Name: Easterseals Rhode Island
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Address:
320 Phillips Street Unit D #103
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Phone: 401-284-1000
Fax: 401-284-1006
Eligibility:

Infants and toddlers under the age of three who have a developmental delay in speech, physical ability or social skills. Coverage areas include: Charlestown, Coventry, East Greenwich, Exeter, Hopkinton, Jamestown, Middletown, Narragansett, New Shoreham, Newport, North Kingstown, Portsmouth, Richmond, South Kingstown, Warwick, West Greenwich, West Warwick and Westerly.

Services Provided:

Early Intervention services are designed to enhance the development of infant and toddlers (birth-age 3)
Fully-licensed, credentialed and caring pediatric professionals provide expertise in these areas: Occupational, Physical, and Speech/Language Therapy, Early Childhood Special Education, Social Workers, Nutrition and Nursing
Services for children: Developmental Evaluations, Therapeutic and Educational Home Visits, Feeding/Nutrition Programs, Assertive Technology, Sensory Integration Home Programs, Developmental Monitoring, Service Coordination, parent support and advocacy training.

Early Intervention at Easter Seals Director, Sue Hawkes 284-1000 ext. 11

Provider Profiles:

Ask to speak to the intake coordinator of Early Intervention.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 6/7/2021
8 Court Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
Phone: 401-235-7000
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Organization Name: Community Care Alliance
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Address:
8 Court Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
Phone: 401-235-7000
Fax: 401-767-4099
Eligibility: Early Intervention serves eligible children from birth to three years of age and their families to promote the growth and development of infants and toddlers with developmental delays. Serving residents of Burrillville, Cumberland, Foster, Glocester, Johnson, Lincoln, North Providence, North Smithfield, Scituate, Smithfield and Woonsocket
Services Provided:

Services are provided by a team of qualified professionals working in partnership with the family to ensure the best possible service provision.
Services include:
Comprehensive child & family assessment
Assistive technology services & referrals
Nutrition services
Occupational therapy
Physical therapy
Speech/language therapy
Child & parent group

Community Care Alliance Early Intervention

Director, Darlene Magaw 401-767-4078

Provider Profiles:

A comprehensive community support agency that provides over 50 programs that range from home visiting and basic needs to substance abuse treatment. The other listing contains information on additional programs beyond Early Intervention.

Mailing address:

Early Intervention Program at Community Care Alliance

PO Box 1700

Woonsocket, RI 02895

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 11/22/2020
Center for Child and Family Health Hazard Building #74
74 West Road
Cranston, RI 02920
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Organization Name: The State of Rhode Island
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Address:
Center for Child and Family Health Hazard Building #74
74 West Road
Cranston, RI 02920
Services Provided:

EOHHS extensive programs serve all ages in Rhode Island. Please go to website for additional information. 

Early Intervention

Healthcare Programs

Children with Special Needs

Katie Beckett Program
Families with Children 

Adults with Special Needs
Adults, ages 19-64
Elders



Provider Profiles:

Mission:

Ensure access to high quality and cost effective services that foster the health, safety, and independence of all Rhode Islanders. 

People w/ Special Needs: People with Disabilities and Special Needs have access to the right services, at the right time and in the least restrictive setting. The EOHHS agencies touch the lives of consumers and the communities where they live in a wide variety of ways.

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) serves as “the principal agency of the executive branch of state government” (R.I.G.L. §42-7.2-2) responsible for managing the departments of: Health (DOH); Human Services (DHS); Children, Youth and Families (DCYF); and Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH). Last year, these agencies provided direct services to nearly 306,000 Rhode Islanders as well as an array of regulatory, protective and health promotion services to our communities.  Health and human services benefits represent $3.1 billion spending per year, or over 40 percent of the entire state budget.

Source: Rhode Island Quality Institute
Last Updated: 11/11/2020
610 Manton Ave
Providence, RI 02909
Phone: 401-525-2380
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Organization Name: The Groden Center, Inc
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Address:
610 Manton Ave
Providence, RI 02909
Phone: 401-525-2380
Fax: 401-525-2382
Eligibility: Eligibility indicates that the child has one or more developmental challenges or diagnostic conditions that are associated with developmental delays. Coverage areas include: Barrington, Burrillville, Central Falls, Coventry, Cranston, Cumberland, East Greenwich, East Providence, Foster, Glocester, Johnston, Lincoln, North Kingstown, North Providence, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Providence, Scituate, Smithfield, Warren, Warwick, West Warwick and Woonsocket.
Services Provided:

1. Full-service EIP: The Groden Center EIP is one of 9 full-service early intervention providers in the state of Rhode Island serving eligible children under the age of three who have been diagnosed with a developmental disability or who may have a developmental delay.

2. Specialty EI provider for children with autism and other behavioral challenges

Groden Center Early Intervention Director Carol LaFrance 401-525-2380

Provider Profiles:

The mission of the Groden Center Early Intervention Program (EIP) is to provide eligible infants and toddlers and their families the supports and services needed to improve outcomes written in the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). We provide these services in a caring, supportive and knowledgeable manner, respecting the dignity of each child and family enrolled in the program.

The Groden Center has an additional directory listing that has information on other programs.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 11/22/2020
1000 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02905
Phone: 401-533-9104
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Organization Name: Meeting Street
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Address:
1000 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02905
Phone: 401-533-9104
Fax: 401-533-9105
Eligibility: Infants and toddlers under the age of three who have a developmental delay in speech, physical ability or social skills. Coverage areas: Barrington, Bristol, Central Falls, Cranston,Cumberland,East Greenwich, East Providence, Johnston, Lincoln,North Providence, North Smithfield , Pawtucket, Providence, Smithfield, Warren, Warwick, West Warwick and Woonsocket
Services Provided:

Our team consists of service coordinators, therapists, nurses, social workers, educators, nutritionists, and interpreters work with families to create and implement a customized service plan for each child based on the outcomes the family wants to see their child achieve.


Meeting Street Early Intervention program also provides services for infant/children with hearing loss.

Meeting Street Early Intervention Assistant Director Amanda Silva 401-533-9172

Provider Profiles:

Meeting Street’s Early Intervention provides children and their family the services needed during the very early years of development. Our personalized approach includes a team of professionals who will evaluate your child and then create and implement a customized plan that includes all areas of development.
Anyone can refer a child to EI: pediatricians, social workers, childcare providers, friends, or parents
It’s natural to be concerned if your child doesn’t meet traditional milestones. We can work with you to see what might be going on and create an individual plan for your child based on their unique needs.
The Largest Early Intervention program in Rhode Island


Meeting Street has a separate entry in the Directory with information on additional programs.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 11/22/2020
621 Dexter Street
Central Falls, RI 02863
Phone: 401-721-9200
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Organization Name: Children's Friend and Service
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Address:
621 Dexter Street
Central Falls, RI 02863
Phone: 401-721-9200
Fax: 401-729-0010
Email: nredfearn@cfsri.org
Eligibility: Children from birth to three years of age who have or may have a disability, are experiencing developmental delay, or are at risk for significant developmental problems. Coverage areas include: Central Falls, Cranston, Cumberland, East Providence, Lincoln, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, and Woonsocket.
Services Provided:

The Early Intervention program consists of a multidisciplinary team of professionals including, but not limited to, early childhood educators, dieticians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, registered nurses, service coordinators, social workers, special educators, speech and language pathologists.

A child may receive any one or more of these professionals working with them and their family.

A family may also receive additional services outside of the Early Intervention program. Our role is to ensure that a child and family receive any services that will help to support them.
There is no cost to families for Early Intervention services. Services are covered through your child’s medical insurance or through the RI Department of Human Services, which is the state agency that oversees the Early Intervention program.

Contact Natalie Redfearn, Director Early Intervention at (401) 721-9294 or nredfearn@cfsri.org

Children's Friend & Service
621 Dexter Street
Central Falls, RI 02863

Administrative Offices and Family Support Center
153 Summer Street
Providence, RI 02903
401.276.4300 phone
401.331.3285 fax
info@cfsri.org   

Provider Profiles:

Mission: Children’s Friend is the innovative leader in improving the well-being and healthy development of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable young children. We accomplish this by providing flexible, effective, and culturally-relevant services, and advocating for programs and policies that support and strengthen these children and their families.

Other programs by Children's Friend & Service are under an additional directory listing.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 11/22/2020
134 Thurbers Avenue
Providence, RI 02905
Phone: 401-519-2307
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Organization Name: Family Service of Rhode Island
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Address:
134 Thurbers Avenue
Providence, RI 02905
Phone: 401-519-2307
Fax: 401-277-3388
Languages Spoken: Referral line for Spanish Speaking Families 401-519-2308
Eligibility: Providing a range of services for children birth to 3 with or at risk of developmental delays due to medical history or environmental factors at no cost to the family. Coverage areas include: Barrington, Central Falls, Cranston, East Providence, Johnston, Lincoln, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, Smithfield, Warwick and West Warwick.
Services Provided:

Early Intervention services begin with a full assessment of each child's skills in all areas of development.

Following this assessment, goals are developed to address concerns and a child's specific needs.

Families learn new skills and strategies to help their child to develop and learn through everyday play, daily activities, and the family's typical routine. Services occur in the home or other settings where the child typically spends his/her day.

Family Service of Rhode Island Early Intervention program provides services to infant/children with hearing loss.

The team of experienced professionals includes: educators, social workers, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, nutritionists and interpreters.


Early Intervention at Family Service of RI Director, Monique DeRoche ext. 3343 

Provider Profiles:

To improve the overall health and well-being of the communities we serve
through high impact partnerships and high quality innovative programs.

Family Service of Rhode Island has another Directory listing with information on other programs.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 11/22/2020
178 Norwood Avenue
Cranston, RI 02905
Phone: 401-921-1470
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Organization Name: Seven Hills Rhode Island
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Address:
178 Norwood Avenue
Cranston, RI 02905
Phone: 401-921-1470
Fax: 401-762-0837
Eligibility: Birth - 3 and have a developmental disability or delay in one or more areas. Coverage areas include: Barrington, Bristol, Burrillville, Central Falls, Coventry,Cranston, Cumberland, East Greenwich, East Providence, Exeter, Foster, Glocester, Hopkinton, Johnston, Lincoln, Little Compton, North Kingstown, North Providence, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Providence, Richmond, Scituate, Smithfield, South Kingstown, Tiverton, Warren, Warwick, West Greenwich, West Warwick, Westerly and Woonsocket.
Services Provided:

Early Intervention services are designed to enhance the development of infant and toddlers (birth-age 3)


Fully-licensed, credentialed and caring pediatric professionals provide expertise in these areas: Occupational, Physical, and Speech/Language Therapy, Early Childhood Special Education, Social Workers, Nutrition and Nursing


Services for children: Developmental Evaluations, Therapeutic and Educational Home Visits, Feeding/Nutrition Programs, Assertive Technology, Sensory Integration Home Programs, Developmental Monitoring, Service Coordination, parent support and advocacy training.

Seven Hills Early Intervention Director: Laurie Farrell ext. 7206


Seven Hills Early Intervention program also provides services for infant/children with hearing loss.


Additional Location:

Seven Hills Rhode Island Woonsocket Early Intervention
300 Cumberland Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895

Provider Profiles:

Seven Hills Foundation provides exceptional integrated clinical, educational and community-based supports to children and adults with disabilities and significant life challenges.
Our professional staff is passionate about our work that helps people
SEE the possibilities, BELIEVE in themselves, and ACHIEVE their dreams.

Additional programs through Seven Hills of Rhode Island are listed in a separate directory entry.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 11/22/2020
3445 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: 401-823-1731
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Organization Name: J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center
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Address:
3445 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: 401-823-1731
Fax: 401-823-1849
Email: EIInformation@trudeaucenter.org
Eligibility: Children must be under age 3 and have a developmental disability or delay in one or more areas. Coverage areas include: Charlestown, Coventry, Cranston, East Greenwich, Exeter, Hopkinton, Jamestown, Narragansett, North Kingstown, Richmond, South Kingstown, Warwick, West Greenwich and West Warwick.
Services Provided:

Children referred to the Early Intervention Program receive a comprehensive developmental evaluation to determine if they are eligible.

One of the goals of Early Intervention is to provide support to families so their children can develop to their fullest potential.

Services are provided in places where children usually play or take part in daily activities. Caregivers are included in all visits to encourage carry-over between visits. Specialized therapy services (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy), as well as nutritional, nursing and family support are provided. Many services take place in the child’s home, but may also occur at the EI center, child care center, or community setting.

Trudeau Memorial Center Early Intervention Director: Jacqueline Ferreira ext. 268 

Provider Profiles:

Trudeau Center has served as the area’s leading provider of services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We are one of the few human service organizations that serve individuals at all stages of life

Information on other programs offered by The Trudeau Center are listed on separate Directory entry.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 11/22/2020
2974 East Main Road
Portsmouth, RI 02871
Phone: 401-293-5790
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Organization Name: Looking Upwards, Inc.
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Address:
2974 East Main Road
Portsmouth, RI 02871
Phone: 401-293-5790
Fax: 401-293-5796
Eligibility: Children must be under age 3 and have a developmental disability or delay in one or more areas. Coverage areas include: Barrington, Bristol, Central Falls, Charlestown, Coventry, Cranston, East Greenwich, East Providence, Exeter, Hopkinton, Jamestown, Johnston, Little Compton, Middletown, Narragansett, New Shoreham, Newport, North Kingstown, North Providence, Pawtucket, Portsmouth, Providence, Richmond, Tiverton, Warren, Warwick, West Warwick, West Greenwich, and Westerly.
Services Provided:

Children referred to the Early Intervention Program receive a comprehensive developmental evaluation to determine if they are eligible. One of the goals of Early Intervention is to provide support to families so their children can develop to their fullest potential.
Services are provided in places where children usually play or take part in daily activities. Your comprehensive team of developmental specialists is designed based on your child’s unique needs. Among those who may be on your team are occupational and physical therapists, nurses, educators, speech and language therapists, social workers and service coordinators.

Looking Upwards Early Invention programs also provides services for infant/children with hearing loss.

Looking Upwards Early Intervention Program

Director A. Valory McHugh Ext 330

Program Manager Carolyn Souza ext.310

Mailing address:

Looking Upwards Early Intervention

PO Box 838

Portsmouth, RI 02871

Provider Profiles:

Information on additional programs at Looking Upwards can be found in a separate Directory listing.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 11/22/2020
640 George Washington Highway
Building B, Suite 200
Lincoln, RI 02865
Phone: 401-952-8025
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Organization Name: Northern Rhode Island Collaborative
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Address:
640 George Washington Highway
Building B, Suite 200
Lincoln, RI 02865
Phone: 401-952-8025
Fax: 401-333-3572
Email: srosendale@nric-ed.org
Services Provided:

Northern Rhode Island Collaborative’s Auditory Oral Foundations was developed to capitalize on improving and expanding technologies for the hearing impaired – in particular the very young. Our students, using technologies such as hearing aids and cochlear implants, learn techniques to better communicate. 

For additional information on NRIC's Auditory Oral Foundations, please contact the Program Coordinator, Sarah Rosendale at:

401-952-8025

Provider Profiles:

The Auditory Oral Foundations program is part of the Northern Rhode Island Collaborative (NRIC). Our commitment is to prepare children for an education in their community schools by providing them with the tools they will need for successful inclusion and achievement.

There is an additional directory listing for NRIC Foundation programs.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 1/7/2021
3100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22201-5332
Phone: 888-232-7733
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Address:
3100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22201-5332
Phone: 888-232-7733
Toll Free Phone: 888-232-7733
Email: service@exceptionalchildren.org
Services Provided:

Advocates and researches strategies to support early intervention and special educational needs of children with exceptionalities. Website shows the latest information about special education research and development throughout the United States. Effects public policy and makes federal budgetary recommendations.

Source: MHP-Nationwide
Last Updated: 9/17/2020
3031 Miller Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Phone: 734-585-5333
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Address:
3031 Miller Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Phone: 734-585-5333
Services Provided: A parent implemented, intensive, evidence-based early intervention program for young children with autism.
Use locator to find a program in your area.
Provider Profiles: The PLAY Project is based on the DIR® (Developmental, Individualized, Relationship-based) theory of Stanley Greenspan, MD and Serena Weider PhD, and emphasizes the importance of helping parents become their child’s best play partner.
Source: MHP-Nationwide
Last Updated: 4/8/2019