Early Intervention Services
Early Intervention Services (EIS) provides intervention services to children birth to 3 with disabilities or developmental delays in Winnebago County. This family-centered program focuses on an individual family service plan, which prescribes services as dictated by the unique circumstances of each family.
To make a referral for a screening or evaluation for a child, please use one of the following options:
- Early Intervention Services: Call 920-725-8771 or fax 920-522-0453.
- Winnebago County Department of Human Services: Call 920-236-4650 or fax 920-424-7521.
- Complete an online referral: www.co.winnebago.wi.us/human-services/divisions/long-term-support/birth-three-and-early-intervention/make-a-referral
What services can EIS provide?
Services include speech and physical therapy, adaptive technology, occupational therapy, special instruction, service coordination and supportive family services. In addition, EIS links families to nursing services, audiological services, nutrition services, health care, medical service for diagnosis and evaluation, psychological services, social work services, transportation and vision services.
How do I know whether my child needs any of these services?
While developmental rates differ from child to child, there are some general milestones that you can expect. Difficulties such as these, however, might suggest the need for early intervention:
- Difficulty talking or understanding what is said to them (communication skills)
- Difficulty with rolling, crawling, sitting, walking or asymmetrical movements (motor skills)
- Difficulty with feeding, toileting or dressing (self-help skills)
- Difficulty with thinking or playing (cognitive skills)
- Behavioral or physical disabilities, vision or hearing impairments or chronic illness
The next step typically will be a screening if there is some question about your child’s development, but more information is needed. If there is a clear concern about your child’s development, the next step is an evaluation. A child may qualify for services if he or she demonstrates:
- A 25% or greater delay in any of these areas of development: cognitive, physical, communication, social and emotional, and adaptive (self-help) skills.
- A diagnosed condition that has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay such as: chromosomal anomalies, extreme prematurity, neurological or central nervous system disorders, blind or visual impairments, hearing impairment, autism, etc.
- Atypical patterns of development: failure to thrive, severe feeding problems, sensory and regulatory difficulties, difficulty with social interactions, asymmetrical movement patterns, variant speech and language patterns, etc.
The Individualized Family Service Plan
If your child is eligible, we will develop a support plan with you called an Individualized Family Service Plan. The IFSP will be based on: needs of your child and outcomes you’d like to see; your family’s daily routine, priorities, values and ideals; support that may be needed such as transportation.
How are these services funded?
The EIS program is funded by: Winnebago County Department of Human Services, the State of Wisconsin, federal funds, Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, private insurance and/or medical assistance, parental contribution determined by a parental cost-share screening.
Core services, such as the initial evaluation and overall service coordination, are always available at no cost to families.
Contact: Cindy Flauger
Phone: (920) 968-6239
1800 Appleton Road
Menasha, WI 54952
As a not-for-profit human services organization, Goodwill NCW uses the revenue from our stores to fund a wide variety of innovative programs and services that serve north central Wisconsin communities. In many cases, we collaborate with community partners, who also bring resources to the cause.
Some of these programs create jobs, offer training, and match assistive technology to those who need it. Others address financial, educational, developmental or diversity issues. All make our communities better places in which to live.