Infants/toddlers are assessed for potential delay in the following areas: cognition, communication, social-emotional, motor or adaptive. A child can be found eligible for EI based on the following: (1) Diagnosis of a physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay, (2) developmental delay as determined by initial assessment (currently the Battelle Developmental Inventory –BDI): specifically delays of at least 1.5 standard deviations below the mean in two areas or at least 2.0 standard deviations below the mean in one area, or (3) evaluators can use Clinical Eligibility if a child does not meet requirements based on assessment but there is clinical concern for a developmental area(s) based on observation and team input.
Birth – 3 years
The mission of the New Jersey Early Intervention System (NJEIS) is to enhance the capacity of families to meet the developmental and health-related needs of children birth to age three who have delays or disabilities by providing services and support to families and their children using a family training model. The goal is to provide services in the child’s natural environment to enhance their skills during daily routines. EI works to promote connections to the local community including their local school district and child centered programing.