614-841-1991   614-515-6065 VP
5830 N High St., Worthington, OH 43085

Early Intervention Program

Early Intervention

Early Intervention Specialists provide support and assistance to parents and young children from birth to three years of age. After an infant or young child is diagnosed with hearing loss, parents are referred for a language development assessment and preparation of an Individualized Family Service Plan. Family training, counseling and home visits address a wide variety of topics relevant to acceptance of the child’s hearing loss and appropriate early childhood development. We serve families in Central Ohio: Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, and Union counties.

Intervention services are neutral and tailored to the unique needs of each family. These services enable families to feel more confident about the decisions they are making for their child. Early Intervention Specialists have knowledge and experience about various degrees of hearing loss, various types of communication methods, and various types of hearing aid devices.

Overview of services

  • Intervention visits:
    • Takes place in the child’s natural environments (home, childcare location, etc.)
    • Service is tailored to the unique needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing
    • Providing training and counseling to the families offering tools for success
  • Evaluations/Assessments
    • Participate in child and family assessments
    • Administer appropriate assessment tools to determine areas of need
    • Provide informed clinical opinion
  • IFSP development/support
    • Attend all IFSP meetings as a core early intervention team member
    • Offer suggestions and insights for establishing outcomes
    • Tailor intervention visit to support IFSP outcomes
  • Team Meetings
    • Provide expertise and consultation to core early intervention team
    • Act as primary service provider or secondary service provider
    • Develop transition reports and other documents for team as needed

To refer a child or for more information contact:
Vickie Walker, Early Intervention Director at vickiew@dsc.org or call 614-841-1991.

Contact Us

5830 N High St.
Worthington, OH 43085
614-841-1991 ASL Interpreting Requests: interpreting@dsc.org Spoken Language Requests: spokenlanguages@dsc.org