Early Intervention - Early Childhood Special Education

EI/ECSE evaluation and therapy services are FREE of charge.  Eligible children may receive services in placements such as Head Start, private preschools, home based, or in a toddler group.

Program Staff

The Lake County EI/ECSE Program serves children birth to age 5 who are in need of special education services.  The program staff includes Michael Benson, EI/ECSE Specialist and Speech & Language Pathologist; and Kiley Dozier, Educational Assistant.  Additional support to the program is provided by the ESD's Special Ed Director and Office Manager.


Services to special needs children include speech/ language therapy, instruction in cognitive/social/ adaptive skills as well as Autism services.  Children with mild fine motor and gross motor deficits are assessed by the EI/ECSE Specialist and goals are developed and implemented accordingly.  More severe motor deficits would be seen by an occupational or physical therapist from Southern Oregon ESD (SOESD) Regional Program.  SOESD also provides services to children with vision and hearing impairments.

EI-ECSE Information Video

E-mail Michael Benson (mbenson@lakeesd.k12.or.us) or call the Lake Co. ESD (541-947-3371) for referral information.

The program staff provide developmental, speech/language, and hearing screenings to gather information to aide in determining if a full evaluation is warranted.

The Ages & Stages Questionnaire is a tool that is used to screen infants and young children for developmental delays or concerns.  The questionnaires are completed by parents and cover five key areas of development:  Communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving and personal-social.
Ages & Stages Questionnaire Tool