Division of Developmental Disabilities Services

Developmental Daycare (EIDT) age 0-21

Early Intervention Day Treatment (EIDT) offers evaluation as well as therapeutic, developmental, and preventative services provided by a licensed pediatric day treatment clinic that is run by early childhood specialists.

Early Intervention day treatment is available year-round to children aged 0-6 and in the summer months for children aged 6-21.

In order to receive EIDT services, a child must:

  • get Medicaid
  • have a documented developmental disability or delay, as shown on the results of an annual comprehensive developmental evaluation that shows:
    • For ages 0-36 months, a score of 25% or greater delay in at least two areas: motor, social, cognitive, self-help/adaptive, or communication
    • For ages 3-6, a score of at least two standard deviations below the mean in at least two areas: motor, social, cognitive, self-help/adaptive, or communication on the Battelle Developmental Inventory test (BDI) and 25% or greater delay on the criterion referenced test
    • The same two areas of delay on both the BDI and the criterion referenced test.
  • have a documented need for at least one of the following, as shown on a full evaluation for that service:
    • Physical therapy,
    • Occupational therapy,
    • Speech therapy, or
    • Nursing services
  • have a written prescription from a physician, valid for one year
  • be provided as written in an individual program plan (IPP)

Early intervention day treatment includes diagnostic, screening, evaluation, preventive, therapeutic, palliative, rehabilitative and habilitative services, including speech, occupational, and physical therapies and any medical or remedial services recommended by a physician to improve or maintain the client’s condition.

Each client who enters the EIDT Program will have a written individual treatment plan (ITP) developed from evaluations, and services provided must be based on the goals and objectives of the client’s ITP.

  • Habilitative services are instruction in areas of cognition, communication, social/emotional, motor, and adaptive, including self-care; or to reinforce skills learned and practiced in occupational, physical or speech therapy. Habilitative Services may be provided to a child before they reach school age, including children who are aged 5-6, if the kindergarten year has been waived. Beneficiaries aged 6-21 may receive day habilitative services during the months of May, June, July, and August, when school is not in session.
  • Nursing services are available for clients who are medically fragile, have complex health needs, or both, if prescribed by the client’s physician.
  • The EIDT client’s primary care physician (PCP) or attending physician must refer a client for assessment for occupational, physical or speech therapy services.

DDS Address

P.O. Box 1437, Slot N501
Little Rock, AR 72203

DDS Phone Number

(501) 683-0870

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