Aspire’s Early Intervention Program was established in 1974. With sites in Lynn and Salem, the program provides services to more than 3,500 children and their families on the North Shore each year.

Aspire serves the following cities and towns: Danvers, Lynn, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Middleton, Nahant, Peabody, Salem, Saugus and Swampscott, MA.

Aspire Early Intervention program provides family-centered, home-based services to facilitate the developmental progress of children. Early Intervention services are available to eligible children, from newborn to age 3.

Who is eligible?

A child may be eligible for the program if he/she:

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Having difficulty reaching age-appropriate milestones

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Has a diagnosis that may result in a developmental delay

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Is at risk for developmental delays due to a variety of biological or environmental factors

What services are available?

Aspires’ professional Early Intervention staff, representing a variety of disciplines: physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, mental health clinicians,  social workers and developmental specialists, will work in partnership with parents or other caregivers throughout the process of assessment, development of the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), and planning for ongoing services. EI services are provided in the child’s natural environment which could be at home, in a child care program, or other community settings. However due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Aspire has transitioned to include telehealth as part of our program. Aspire continues to offer all early intervention services in a single or blended format. Intakes, assessments and home visits can be held in an in-person or telehealth platform. Our goal is to work with our families, to find the right comfort level while following the state’s guidance for the safety of families and staff, using both in-person and telehealth.

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Developmental evaluations in person or virtually

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Therapeutic services by developmental specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech/language pathologists, social workers, and mental health clinicians

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Service coordination and transition planning

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Integrated child playgroups at the center and throughout the communities

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Parent-child groups at the center and throughout the communities

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Education and support to caregivers and local child-care providers

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Telehealth services through Zoom or Teams

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Virtual child playgroups on Zoom