About our Program
The MTSU Home & Community-Based Early Intervention (HCBEI) Program provides early intervention (sometimes called developmental therapy) to children from birth to three who have been diagnosed with a developmental delay or disability and qualify for services. We are an Early Intervention Resource Agency with the Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS) serving 15 counties in the South Central District of the state including Perry, Wayne, Hickman, Lewis, Lawrence, Williamson, Maury, Giles, Marshall, Rutherford, Bedford, Lincoln, Coffee, Moore, and Franklin counties. Developmental therapy is provided at no cost to families of children who qualify for TEIS.
Early intervention services are provided where families spend their time. Our team of degreed and experienced early interventionists travels to homes or other sites in the community to work with families, care providers, and/or therapists of infants and toddlers with special needs. The role of the early interventionist is as support to and resource for the family to make the most of their "teachable moments" with their child.
The foundation of the MTSU HCBEI Program is the principles and practices identified by the Workgroup on Principles and Practices in Natural Environments (November, 2007). We are guided by the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and focus on the resources, priorities, and concerns of families. Each visit is designed to focus on the individual family and provides opportunities for the early interventionist and family to work together to support the child's development.