Illinois' Early Intervention program's mission is to assure that families with children birth to three who have diagnosed disabilities, developmental delays, or substantial risk of significant delays receive resources and supports to assist them in maximizing their child's development while respecting the diversity of families and communities.
The Illinois Early Intervention (EI) Program provides a variety of services for families. The program is based on the principle that all families help their children learn and grow. Families with a child with special needs may need support to figure out the best ways to help their child develop. Families are partnered with professionals in the EI program to help their child have the best start in life. In Illinois, Early Intervention services are provided in your local community through Child and Family Connections (CFC) offices. Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy works with Child and Family Connections to provide these services.
EI Services are designed to meet your child's needs in these areas of development:
• Physical (how your baby or toddler moves and explores)
• Cognitive (how your baby or toddler learns)
• Communication (how your baby or toddler lets you know what he needs)
• Social and emotional (how your baby or toddler engages with you and shows feelings)
• Adaptive (how your baby or toddler uses new skills)
EI services may include:
• Assistive technology
• Audiology/aural rehabilitation
• Developmental therapy/special instruction
• Family training and support
• Health consultation
• Medical services (only for diagnostic or evaluation purposes)
• Occupational therapy
• Physical therapy
• Psychological/counseling services
• Service coordination
• Sign language or cued language
• Social work
• Speech-language pathology
• Translation/interpretation to other languages
The delivery of these services should meet your child's and family's preferences, learning styles, and cultural beliefs. All of this information and more can be found here:
How do I know if my child would benefit from EI?
Your child may benefit from EI if he or she is not meeting the milestones typical of a child their age. You can explore those milestones here: www.cdc.gov or learn more with this video.
Marcfirst Pediatric Therapy is the largest provider of Therapy Services in Early Intervention in McLean County.
For more information, reach out to our Pediatric therapy team at