accessAbilities First Steps Early Intervention program provides services in western Pennsylvania.
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During this time of the COVID - 19 Pandemic, First Steps Early Intervention understands the importance of continuity of services for Children receiving Early Intervention.
In response to The Office of Child Development and Early Learning's "Infant Toddler Early Intervention Procedure" dated 03/20/2020, accessAbilities Therapists began providing services through Tele-Intervention to interested families in March.
Tele-Intervention is an authorized means to provide Early Intervention services that are being conducted through the use of secure audio/video technology when face-to-face services are limited. For more information on Tele-Intervention or Early Intervention Services contact us today.
Testimonials From Families
Adjusting to change over the last month has been overwhelming at times, but the one important area of our life - speech therapy - that required a change has been the easiest. While teletherapy (Tele-Intervention Services) for a 2 year old was hard to picture at first, I was amazed that our online sessions feel like having our beloved Miss Jan in the room with us. My two year old continues to respond to therapy as successfully as ever. He loves and looks forward to his time with our therapist and even points the computer screen to say, "call Jan?". The sessions have been flexible and build around my child's interests to keep him engaged in learning. At this time of so much uncertainty, I have been so grateful that our early intervention services have provided us with continuity and connection.
Teletherapy (Tele-Intervention Services) has been good. A little skeptical at first, but Rachel, the therapist, has been great.
Kailynn has been responding pretty good and progressing. It’s harder for Rachel to get her attention through the video, but she’s helping Mom and Dad learn how to place their hands to help Kailynn.
Both Mom and Dad have been able to participate in the sessions.
Teletherapy (Tele-Intervention Services) is not the easiest, but at least able to keep progressing. Not that different, but a lot more of Mom and Dad doing it versus Rachel.
Rachel has done a great job adapting to teletherapy (Tele-Intervention Services). She’s able to help with hand placement, bending, etc. so Mom and Dad can do therapy with Kailynn.
Teletherapy (Tele-Intervention Services) has gone great for us so far. Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but he has made incredible progress. Rachel, Brenda and Alyssa are all wonderful. They have been awesome, and we are Never giving them up!!
They interact with Kaleb, but spend a good bit of time instructing me. Rachel has a doll that she uses to show positioning, and then I help Kaleb while she watches and gives pointers.
Rachel is helping with using the walker and pulling to stand.
Brenda is doing flash cards, workbook, signs, and then she helps instruct Mom giving him choice. Pointing and grabbing.
Alyssa is showing him how to pick food up and get it to his mouth. She is showing me how to do it and gives me pointers how to help him and ideas for how to adapt.
Wasn’t sure how teletherapy (Tele-Intervention Services) was going to work, but it’s gone great for us.
Kaleb started walking with the K Walker while doing teletherapy (Tele-Intervention Services), and now walks the whole length of the living room.
Advice for parents: Definitely tell parents to give it a try. It’s a little different getting used to, but it’s worth it. I’m so glad we did it.
Teletherapy (Tele-Intervention Services) is going good
Daniel has torticollis. He is able to walk in front of the video camera so Christy can see how he is doing. I hold the toys up above his head for him to reach. He is grasping toys and turning them.
Christy watches via video and gives suggestions. If I show her how I’m supporting him and how it’s working, she helps me.
He is making progress. It’s not quite the same, but she is using a doll to show where to hold his hips.
I’m doing all the work with him and she’s watching and advising me. When it was live, she would show me and then I would try, but now it’s me doing it with him.
Advice to other families: I feel like it’s a good thing to try out. It makes the parent become more hands on and run the session. It’s a good substitute. I thought it was a good idea to keep the therapy going.