Murray Ridge Center
Working to Help Youngsters Achieve
What Is Early Intervention?
Lorain County Early Intervention is a program for parents with children ages 0 – 3 who have a developmental delay or disability. Our Early Intervention Services are a based on the philosophy that you know your child best and are your child’s best teacher. Our Developmental Specialists have extensive background in child development and use a coaching style of interaction. Our priority is to support YOU to become your child’s best teacher. All of our services are provided in the natural environment, during your daily routines, and where you and your child spend time.
Through their regional team meetings, your Developmental Specialist is backed by a team of professionals who can assist in developing strategies and share expertise so that she can share with your family. Early intervention assists children and their families during the most critical developmental changes.
How Do I Get Started?
Early Intervention . . . In the News
Thanks to the Ohio Association of County Boards of DD (OACB) for sharing this important story from the Columbus Dispatch on how early intervention is crucial for babies born to mothers who abuse drugs.
The P.L.A.Y. Project (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters) is an evidenced-based intervention offered to family’s enrolled in our Early Intervention Program. P.L.A.Y Project consultants show you practical ways to make every interaction with your child a learning experience to help improve communication and build meaningful relationships.
For More about PLAY project visit: https://www.playproject.org/
Please call Heather Knoble, E.I. Supervisor (440) 284-3655 for information about this program.
A.D.E.P. Autism Diagnosis and Education Project:
The underlying goals of the Lorain County Autism Diagnosis and Education Program (ADEP) is to decrease the average age of diagnosis of autism through early screening, assessment and diagnosis and to assist families in accessing diagnostic and early intervention services. This is offered through our Early Intervention Program and you and your E.I. team can determine if ADEP is an option for diagnosis.
Family Support Services Funding:
Family Support Services assists a family who keeps at home a family member who has a developmental disability. The program promotes the unity of the family by assisting it to meet the special needs of the individual. A family is eligible for family support services if it includes a family member who resides at home and is eligible to receive services through the Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Request for services is initiated by the family. Request will be approved if funds and services are available and consistent with the Board’s Family Support Services plan and philosophy. Family allocation can be accessed each quarter. Families reapply at the beginning of each fiscal year for continuation of funding. If the needs of the family change, a new application is submitted. Families must verify that they have exhausted all other funding prior to requesting Family Support Services funding, including waivers.
The Early Childhood Lending Library provides short term loan of therapeutic/developmental equipment and toys to families eligible for LCBDD services. Items are loaned at no-cost to families based on a first-come-first-serve basis, need, and availability of the item requested. A written contract shall be signed prior to delivery of the item to the family. Available items can be viewed on our website under Services for Children – Early Intervention – Lending Library, or you can contact the Early Intervention Supervisor, Heather Knoble at (440) 284-3655 or EI@murrayridgecenter.org.
LCBDD ensures and makes available early intervention services on a year round basis for a minimum of two hundred forty (240) days, based on availability of funds. The Agency calendar is provided to families at intake and annually.