What is Early Intervention?
EI is a variety of coaching, supports and services designed to build and enhance the natural learning that occurs in the early years. The program integrates the use of individuals educated in child development and their area of specialty with support and coordination of the residing county. The collaboration among parents/guardians, service providers and others involved with a child can be provided in the home, childcare facility or community setting. Any child, birth to three years of age, is eligible for a free developmental evaluation through Early Intervention.
We embrace a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, focusing on the development of the child, collaborating with caregivers and other service providers in the best interest of the child and family.
Our therapists are highly educated, have a wide range of experience, and receive ongoing education in current research and practices. Our staff is committed to providing outstanding therapy and support to every family we meet. We believe we offer the highest level of Early Intervention services available and will provide you and your child with the necessary tools to continue progressive development.
Services We Provide
Physical therapists use a variety of fun and therapeutic methods to engage children in movement and acquisition of their gross motor milestones. Our physical therapists also help children with injuries and/or physical impairments that affect their everyday function by increasing strength, balance and coordination.
Our occupational therapists utilize activities that are both fun and therapeutic to help a child achieve their fullest functional potential in their daily activities. For children, daily activities that an occupational therapist can assist with may include self-feeding, motor planning and strengthening for play, dressing, grooming and self-care and mealtime behaviors.
Our speech-language pathologists evaluate and treat children with a variety of diagnoses that impair the child from understanding and communicating effectively. Our therapists use therapeutic and play-based activities in order to improve understanding and use of language, sound production, fluency of speech, healthy voice, social language skills and more.
Our special instructors are experts in developmental therapy and pediatric milestones, and utilize their education and experience to evaluate and treat children with a variety of developmental delays within the Early Intervention program. A special instructor provides therapy within the context of natural environments, using a team approach among professionals and collaboration with parents. They utilize routine based activities which are both fun and therapeutic to help an individual achieve their fullest functional potential in their daily activities.
Daily activities that a special instructor can assist with include, but are not limited to, play activities, social interactions, behavior management, self-care and preschool readiness.
A child’s nutritional needs are essential to fuel the brain and body for proper health, growth and development. A pediatric nutritionist can be a key part of your interdisciplinary team for infants and toddlers and assess the nutritional needs of the child.
Reasons to request nutrition services can include poor dietary intake (whether quantity or quality of food), poor growth/malnutrition/failure to thrive, food allergies, dietary restrictions, tube feeding, or general feeding/gastrointestinal concerns.
How to Get Started
The first step in the process is to contact your local county early intervention program. A service coordinator will be assigned to you and you will begin working with him/her to gather preliminary information for an evaluation. This information is important because it will help to assemble the appropriate team members for your child’s evaluation. An evaluation will only occur with your permission.
The Early Intervention Program strives for an individualized, family-oriented approach from the initial evaluation all the way through to discharge from services. Therapists complete a developmental evaluation with the family to determine specific concerns. Based on the results of this evaluation, as well as family concerns and physician recommendations, an individualized plan of treatment will be developed and discussed with the family with therapy to follow as recommended specifically for your child.
Throughout treatment, the therapist will provide education, information, and recommendations to your family on how to carry over the activities into the home, school, and community environments.
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