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Infants & Toddlers

Infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities receive support through Early Intervention.

Early Intervention

– Giving Children the Best Start in Life

Every child should have the best possible start in life and that start begins at birth. Early Intervention supports provided by the Belmont County Board of Developmental Disabilities focus on the early development of children (birth up to the age of three), who have developmental disabilities.

Our team identifies what families need through the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP). The team works with parents to show them ways to encourage their child's development through play and every day activities in the comfort of the child's home.

One of the interventions offered is P.L.A.Y. (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters), an evidence-based intervention for children who are on the autism spectrum. P.L.A.Y. is designed to guide parents so they can more effectively assist their child with autism move up the developmental ladder, increasing language and improving social skills.

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has identified P.L.A.Y. as an effective relationship-based intervention for young children on the autism spectrum.

Early Intervention is a component of the Help Me Grow system, a collaborative effort between the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and the Ohio Department of Health.

For information, call the Director of Early Childhood at 740-695-0407, ext. 345.

Click on the links below to learn more about Early Intervention and the supports available.

Developmental Information

Mission and Key Principles of EI

PLAY Project

Help Me Grow

Autism Diagnostic Education Project (ADEP)



Supporting and coaching families to help their children learn and grow

Using Technology to Enhance Early Intervention Practices in Ohio
Produced in partnership with families and practitioners in Ohio, the videos on this page illustrate how video, video conferencing, and related technologies can improve access to, and the quality of, supports for families as well as better enable teams to practice evidence-based early intervention services.

An Overview of Using Technology to Support Families in Early Intervention (6:54)
This video provides on overview to the series of videos on this page. Holly, the administrator of three early intervention teams, describes the decision to use technology and illustrates the many ways that her program is using technology to expand services and better support families.




Using Video to Enhance Play, Communication, and Relationships (4:20)
Aimee, a developmental specialist, illustrates how she shares video that she recorded at a previous home visit with Amanda, Autumn’s mother for reflection and planning. Both Aimee and Amanda describe the benefits of watching and reflecting on the videos.




Using Instant Messaging and Video for Just-In-Time Support (4:31)
Lauren, a parent, and Ginger, her daughter’s speech-language pathologist, illustrate how Lauren shares video with Ginger via text messaging for “just-in-time” feedback and coaching.




Using Video and Video Conferencing to Enable Team Meetings over Distances (6:35)
This video illustrates a number of ways that video and video conferencing are being used to enhance supports for families and team functioning.




Using Facetime to Enhance Team Collaboration (4:50)
Kate, a physical therapist, and Lori, a developmental specialist, illustrate how video conferencing is being used to help practitioners who work in different locations better collaborate to support families.




A Virtual Home Visit with Liam’s Family (5:51)
This video illustrates how Jaime, a speech-language pathologist, makes a virtual home visit from her office to join Beth, her son Liam, and Peggy, a developmental specialist.




A Virtual Home Visit With Straton's Family (18:24)
This video illustrates how Kate, a physical therapist, makes a virtual home visit from her office to join Tammy, her son Straton, and Peggy, a developmental specialist.




Using Video as a Foundation for Reflective Supervision (5:51)
Jaime, a speech-language pathologist, and BJ, her supervisor, illustrate how they use video as a foundation for reflective supervision. BJ and Jaime review and reflect on a video that Jaime shared of a virtual home visit to better support Jaime’s coaching practices.



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