Educational and Developmental Intervention Services
As a department of the U.S. Naval Hospital, EDIS offers help to children with special needs, through federally mandated Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) programs and non-IDEA services. The mission of EDIS is to maximize the potential of children who are identified or at risk for delays and provide strategies to assist in their development and independence. EDIS promotes family-based care, closely involving families in the development of service plans. The staff of EDIS comes from a variety of fields to include: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, psychology, and early childhood special education. There are two programs within EDIS: Early Intervention, for children from birth to age 3, and Related Services as part of the DoDEA schools, for students from ages 3 to 22. Services are provided in the least-restrictive environment; natural environment (i.e. home, CDC, etc) for Early Intervention and in the school for Related Services.
Children with disabilities, through support of programs like EDIS, have the opportunity to fully develop their physical, social, emotional, communication, and cognitive potential. Today these children are achieving higher levels of education. EDIS hopes to further the development of children with special needs, bridging the gap between them and children without disabilities.
Clinical Child Psychologist
Speech and Language Pathologist
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Early Childhood Special Educator
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Assistant Family Service Coordinator
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I have concerns about my child’s development?
A referral for Early Intervention (0-3 yr. old) may be made by a parent, physician, or other community member with parent permission. If your child is 3-22 years old, a referral for Related Services can be made through your child’s school.
What happens after a referral is made for Early Intervention Services (ages 0-3)?
A service coordinator will contact the child’s parent to schedule an appointment to review our program, discuss concerns, and schedule a screening. All EDIS services are voluntary.
A transdisciplinary team will evaluate your child in five areas: Adaptive, Cognitive, Communication, Physical, and Social-Emotional. The evaluation will occur in the child’s home.
A team meeting will be scheduled to formally review the results and determine if your child is eligible for services.
What happens if my child is eligible for Early Intervention Services (ages 0-3)?
Service coordinator, parents, and early intervention staff will discuss recommendations and concerns. A Routines Based Interview will be completed to assess the child and family concerns and priorities. Children found eligible for EDIS will be referred to the Exceptional Family Member Program to ensure continuity of care. Child’s family and early intervention staff will develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). An IFSP is a plan developed by the team members, to include the parents, that helps guide your child’s development.
What happens after a referral is made for Related Services (3-21)?
If your child is not currently enrolled in a DoDEA school, you will be asked to enroll your child to access our services.
Your child’s referral will be routed through the Child Study Committee (CSC) at your home school. A formal evaluation of the areas that may have an impact on your child’s education will begin, if necessary. The evaluation areas may include: fine and gross motor, social, emotional, communication, and cognitive skills. An Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be implemented if your child is found eligible for Related Services.
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