Glossary of Early Intervention Terms

Has your child been referred for Early Intervention services? We’re here to help you navigate the process and understand every step along the way. It may feel like there are a host of new Early Intervention terms and acronyms to learn.That’s why we’ve put a list together of commonly used EI terms and acronyms for you to reference in one handy spot.


The Ages and Stages Questionnaire, 3rd edition, or ASQ-3, is one of several screening tools recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It’s free, easy to use and can assist you in determining or learning about your child’s development.


The Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social Emotional, or ASQ:SE-2, is a free screening tool to help gauge your child’s emotional and social development. It includes questions about your child’s ability to calm down, take direction and follow rules, and communicate among other things. The ASQ:SE-2 can be used for children ages one month to 72 months.

Community Partnership for Inclusion Program (CPI)

The Community Partnership for Inclusion Program (CPI) supports a variety of care options in communities across Summit County. From children who need a little extra support to be successful in the classroom to little ones with specialized medical needs, the trained staff at Summit DD helps locate and support children at a child care center convenient to the family.

Developmental Specialist (DS)

A Developmental Specialist (DS) is an expert in typical and atypical development of children birth through age 3. A DS is often assigned when a child has a delay in more than one developmental area (adaptive, motor, communication, vision, hearing, medical).


This refers to the process that is used to determine whether or not someone is eligible for services through the Summit DD Board. A person must be eligible in order to receive services from the Summit DD Board.

Evaluation & Assessment (E&A)

An Evaluation & Assessment (E&A) is a process the Early Intervention team uses to address strengths, priorities and concerns of the child and family. The E&A then becomes a guidepost to determine eligibility and Early Intervention services a child would benefit from.

Evidence-Based Early Intervention (EBEI)

Evidence-based practice in the field of early childhood is the process that pulls together the best available research, knowledge from professional experts, and data and input from children and their caregivers, to identify and provide services, evaluated and proven to achieve positive outcomes for children and families.

Hearing Services

An Early Intervention Hearing Specialist is an expert in hearing impairments or hearing loss providing strategies, resources, and education to families specific to their child’s hearing impairment and how it may be affecting his/her development.

Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

An Individualized Education Plan is a tool that schools use to capture supports being provided within the school system.

Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

Individualized Family Service Plan – is a process and a document used in Early Intervention services to help your child develop to their fullest potential. It is the road map that your PSP will create with you to deliver the services and tools that will help your child thrive. It lays out which services and supports your baby or toddler should receive and the corresponding outcomes you and the team hope to achieve for your child.

Multi-Factored Evaluation (MFE)

The Multi-Factored Evaluation is the process required by the IDEA to determine if a child is eligible for special education services. The process may be initiated by school personnel or a parent. The MFE determines if the child has a disability and identifies specialized educational needs. If school personnel do not share the same concerns about a child’s functioning at school as the parents, a parent has the right to request an MFE from the district. The request must be made in writing and give written consent for the evaluation to the local school district.

Occupational Therapist (OT)

Occupational Therapists (OT) are experts in fine motor skills, eye hand coordination, sensory processing, lip and tongue ties and feeding issues.

Ohio Early Intervention

Early Intervention is grounded in the philosophy that young children learn best from familiar people in familiar settings. Ohio Early Intervention is a statewide system that provides coordinated services to parents of eligible children from birth to age three that may be experiencing a developmental delay or have a medical condition that has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay. Ohio Early Intervention is the starting point as families begin their journey to define and receive necessary supports and resources to enhance their children’s learning and development.

Physical Therapist (PT)

Physical Therapists (PT) are experts in gross motor skills; focusing on mobility such as rolling, crawling, walking and climbing.

Primary Service Provider (PSP)

A Primary Service Provider (PSP) is an EI Services team member who will be the family’s primary contact for EI Services. This means that while there may be more than one service listed, the PSP is the person that will see the family most often. The PSP is selected by the team based on the needs of the child receiving EI Services and works with the team to deliver services based on the IFSP.

Secondary Service Provider (SSP)

A Secondary Service Provider supports the Primary Service Provider (PSP) through home visits and teaming.

Service Coordinator (SC)

A Service Coordinator (SC) is the first point of contact for Early Intervention services. The SC completes the intake visit, schedules the developmental evaluation and assessment, writes the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), refers for necessary services, and monitors the IFSP to ensure EI services are being delivered per the plan.

Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)

Speech/Language Pathologists are experts in expressive and receptive communication, what children say or sign and what children understand.

Vision Services

An Early Intervention Vision Specialist is an expert in visual impairments providing strategies, resources, and education to families specific to their child’s visual impairment and how it may be affecting his/her development.


Looking for a term not listed here? Check out our full online glossary of terms.

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