Primary Service Provider

an early intervention approach

You may have questions or concerns about your child’s disability. A team of experts in all areas of child development is available to help. One expert from this team will work with your family on a regular basis. This person is called a Primary Service Provider, or PSP, and will serve as a liaison between the family and other team members.

What's different?

  • In the past, multiple experts met with families at multiple times throughout the week/month which is disruptive and may affect your child's learning.
  • While you still have access to a team of experts, your PSP will be your main contact.

What will a typical visit look like?

  • Your PSP will ask questions and observe what you usually do in situations that relate to the goals you have for your child.
  • Sometimes you will be teaching the PSP about your child and family and sometimes the PSP will share new information and ideas with you.
  • You and your PSP will practice ways of helping your child take part in playtime, mealtime, bath time, and other daily activities.
  • During each visit, you and your PSP will come up with a joint plan for what should happen between visits and what the next visit will look like.

Why switch to this model?

  • With the PSP being the family's point of contact, needs are met, there is less confusion, and increased coordination.
  • The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children has labeled the PSP approach as a preferred teaming strategy for early childhood intervention.
  • Over 30 states have implemented the PSP model.

The goal of the PSP approach is to build confidence, competence, and awareness and to help parents, childcare providers, and early childhood teachers promote a child’s growth and development through natural learning opportunities.