Definitions for "Early Intervention"
Interventions targeting people displaying the early signs and symptoms of a mental health problem or mental disorder. Early intervention also encompasses the early identification of people suffering from a first episode of disorder.
Services for disabled infants and toddlers (birth through two years of age) and their families. Early intervention services may include, but are not limited to the following: special instruction for the child, service coordination, family counseling and/or training, social work services, health services, medical services, audiology, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Early intervention services are funded under Part H of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Children are eligible for early intervention services if they exhibit developmental delays or have a diagnosed physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delays in the following areas: cognitive skills, social/emotional skills, adaptive behavior, communication skills, physical skills. Early intervention services are frequently delivered in the home.
Specific services which are provided to infants and toddlers that show signs of, or are at risk of, having a developmental delay. These services are often tailored to the specific needs of each child with the goal of furthering development. Early intervention services are often provided at no cost to children who qualify and their families.
Starting HIV treatment relatively early in the course of disease.
Treatment that happens as early as possible once a condition has been identified.
Usually joined in phrase with the term Prevention, it means providing services or treatment early on at the onset of an illness with the goal of reducing the duration of the disorder.