Early Intervention Services
Our birth-to-three program provides a full range of services for infants and toddlers birth-to-three. Services are provided in the child’s natural settings including the family home, daycare, or other community setting. We utilize a parent coaching model encouraging family involvement. Specialists meet with the family to assess the child’s strengths and needs then work together to develop a plan to achieve the best outcome for the child. The ultimate goal is to help the child reach developmental milestones and our data shows that 29% of children reach their developmental milestones by age 3 saving millions of dollars in specials education costs. Even those that do not reach developmental milestones by age 3 are much better prepared for kindergarten and are more independent in adult life.
♦ Developmental screening and evaluation
♦ resource coordination
♦ Developmental education
♦ Parent coaching and training
♦ Speech therapy
♦ Occupational therapy
♦ Physical therapy
♦ Feeding and oral/motor therapy
Does Early Intervention help?
The earlier a child’s development delays are discovered, the more opportunities there are for a child to increase skills and abilities before they enter school. The goal is to help children fully participate in social, learning and movement activities with their family and in their community.
Who do we serve?
Our program is for children ages birth to 36 months and their families. Eligibility is based on a diagnosed disability or a delay in one or more of the following areas:
♦ Cognition: learning
♦ Physical/motor development: moving, seeing, and hearing
♦ Speech and language development: communicating and understanding other people
♦ Social and emotional development: responding to and relating with others
♦ Adaptive development: dressing and caring for daily living needs
We recognize that the relationship created between parents and infants during the earliest years of life has a profound impact on later growth and development, self-esteem, school performance, and life achievements.
We value parents as their children’s first and most important teachers and models.
We work in partnership with the family to enhance the child’s development and support the family’s knowledge, skills, and abilities as they interact with and raise their child.
For additional information about the Children’s Services program, please contact Anna Gibson, Director of Children’s Services (425) 404-3106.