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Early Intervention

Research shows that the first three years of life are the most important for development and learning. The Early Intervention program provides service coordination and additional supports for families who have a child up to age 3 with a delay in his/her development and/or qualifying diagnosis. Our program provides you with tools to best support your child’s development, allowing them to reach their full potential.

We partner with local school districts for the initial evaluation to assess your child’s development, and determine if your child qualifies for the supports and services offered through the Early Intervention Program.

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The following areas of development are considered when determining eligibility:

Adaptive
Self-help skills, such as eating, drinking and dressing

Cognitive
Thinking, learning, reasoning, playing, and attention

Communication
Interactions with others, such as looking, listening, using sounds, gestures, and words to express and understand thoughts and feelings

Physical
Body movements to change position or location, such as rolling, sitting, crawling, standing, walking and using hands for reaching, playing, or eating

Social Emotional
Developing relationships, self-soothing strategies, getting along with others, and expressing feelings

If your child is determined eligible for Early Intervention, your family will receive a Service Coordinator to organize in-home or community based services.  Your concerns and the needs of your child will determine which services are offered, and lead to an Individualized Family Service Plan to address routine based goals.  Our primary services include: Developmental Intervention, Social/Emotional Intervention, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, Sign Language and Audiology Services.

Referral Forms and Welcome Folder

Please note that during the COVID-19 crisis, we are still accepting and processing referrals to the Early Intervention Program. An Intake Coordinator will contact families within 48 hours of receiving the referral to gather more information and discuss next steps.

Contact Information

Key Leadership

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Cindy Lichti

Vice President of Programs and Services

Cindy joined the DP team in August 1979 and has responsibility for leading the programmatic services and supports offered through Community Outreach and Early Intervention.  Having devoted her career to working in behalf of people with developmental disabilities and delays she has experience in running or overseeing every service/program within the agency.  She is skilled and highly trained in management and supervision, developmental disabilities and early childhood rules and regulations, complex Medicaid Waiver implementation and oversight, budget management and non-profit leadership.  Cindy proudly holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree with an emphasis in Social Work from Colorado State University and a Masters of Public Administration for the University of Colorado at Denver.

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Michele Coates, MA

Director of Early Intervention

Michele has been a leader in the field of early intervention and early childhood education for more than 25 years as an educator, trainer, and program administrator in child and family systems.  She received her BA in English/Communication and her Masters Degree in Education from the University of Denver.  She was the founding Director for the Fisher Early Learning Center, which is a model for inclusive practice and has worked in the Early Intervention Department for Developmental Pathways for more than 9 years.  Michele has served as an educational consultant and trainer (Colorado Shines PDIS, Early Intervention, Environmental Planning and Inclusive Practice: Denver Public Schools, Sewall Child Development Center, Fisher Early Learning Center, University of Denver Summer Institute, and the Goals 2000 Project). She developed curriculum and served as an administrator for birth to eight programming in special education, early intervention, and early childhood systems.  Michele is passionate about supporting each family’s expertise and capacity for enhancing their child’s learning, development, and potential.

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