Watch the video below on how to make an ESIT referral through SEAS and view additional tips here. If you have any questions call the SEAS line at 360-715-7485.

WHATCOM COUNTY
EARLY SUPPORT FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS SERVICES (ESIT)
  • The Whatcom County ESIT Program continues to accept referrals.
  • Contact Whatcom County’s Single Entry Access to Services (SEAS) line at 360-715-7485.  Please call SEAS for concerns about any child, birth to 21.
  • To make a referral, contact the Single Entry Access to Services Line in any of the following ways: Call 360-715-7485 or Fax 360-676-6729

WHAT SERVICES LOOK LIKE:

  • All Whatcom County ESIT agencies are providing virtual services through video conferencing and/or phone calls, with the same high-quality staff as always.
    • Services are provided through coaching, which is one way parents learn strategies to support their child’s development.
    • Research shows that virtual services are as successful as in-person services (example study here).
  • Services may include:
    • Family Resources Coordination (for all families),
    • Early Education,
    • Speech Therapy,
    • Occupational Therapy,
    • Physical Therapy,
    • Feeding and Nutrition Support,
    • Social Work, and more.
THE BENEFITS TO FAMILIES:
  • Supporting the child’s development during early brain growth,
  • Learning helpful ideas to use while playing or during daily activities,
  • Stability during a time of uncertainty, for example by having regular services, and
  • Making social connections and links to additional supports.
  • ESIT Providers are actively working to reduce barriers to access, such as access to interpreters for all visits, and providing internet and tablets when families need them.
ADDITIONAL FOR PEDIATRICIANS:
  • Please don’t wait and see, ESIT services are available now for children birth to age three, and this is a critical period of brain development.
  • Information about the effectiveness of virtual services can be found here.

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