First Steps Early Intervention Services Program Overview
Early Intervention Services
Early identification and intervention is an important step to give a young child the best start in life. When a parent/caregiver sees their child not speaking based on their developmental stage or acting badly by frequent outbursts or temper tantrums, for example, they worry how these will affect their child’s future life.
At accessAbilities, licensed, skilled and dedicated professionals provide children to age three with services that will address identified needs to create a solid foundation for early learning. Early intervention services are free of charge to any child who is identified as "at risk" or has a developmental delay.
Therapists and Early Education Specialists work with the family and child, in the comfort of their home or a location chosen by the child’s parent/caregiver to develop an individualized service plan. accessAbilities First Steps Early Intervention program encourages parents to take part in their child’s therapy sessions to learn basic techniques and treatment for continual reinforcement. Learned skills can be incorporated into everyday activities and routines.
accessAbilities First Steps Early Intervention Services include:
- Physical Therapy - Physical Therapists focuses on large muscle development that will assist a child learn how to roll over, sit, crawl, and eventually to walk.
- Occupational Therapy - Occupational Therapists focus on small muscle development helping a child to learn how to reach, grasp, and play in a purposeful way.
- Speech/Language Therapy - Speech/Language Pathologists help to build an early foundation for language development and communication. Feeding and swallowing therapies can be provided.
- Nutrition Therapy - Registered dietitians address feeding issues, dietary intake, and offer consultation with parents regarding special dietary needs for the child.
- Vision Therapy - Certified teachers of the visually impaired are available to help children work toward independence.
- Special Instruction - An experienced team of Early Childhood Teachers provide strategies to assist the child with key developmental skills such as problem solving and social skills while working to increase the child’s ability to think and communicate.
- Toy Lending Library - Play is an important activity for a child’s development. accessAbilities First Steps Early Intervention Services offers a lending library of toys and assistive technology for family to borrow for skill reinforcement.