NEWARK, N.J. -- In the past eight months, the Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities' has drastically changed its early intervention program.
Known as evidence-based early intervention, the new program is based around parental involvement.
With the former early intervention program, children would work with therapists, either at home or at the E.S. Weiant Center. Some children went to several therapists, based on their needs.
"It was all skill-based. There was an agenda, and it wasn't based on the families," Buehler said. "We were treating the child sort of splintered. You might have four people addressing the different parts of the child."
Now, each child is assigned a service provider who can best address his or her needs. The service provider comes to the child's home or another environment where the family is comfortable.