Early intervention provides support and services to young children and their parents/caregivers so that they may help their child grow and develop.
What is Early Intervention?
- Early Intervention is a collection of services and supports designed to help families enhance their child’s development. Early intervention builds upon the natural learning that occurs in the first few years.
- Services are provided in the home, a child’s daycare, and other community settings. Early Intervention services are “routine based” which means all services support the child in being a part of their family and community. These services are family guided through your typical home and community activities.
- All Early Intervention services are provided at no cost to the family, and are completely funded by the state.
Benefits of Early Intervention
- The services and supports that Theraplay provides through our Early Intervention program are designed for home visitors and families to work together. The services support the child’s developmental needs in their home and community. In building relationships with important people, in a child’s life, home visitors are able to encourage parents and caregivers to enhance their child’s development by using a child-initiated, play and routines based approach to early learning.
- Throughout the Early Intervention process home visitors gain information regarding your family’s concerns, interests, values, and priorities. In return, the home visitors are able to answer questions your family may have regarding your child’s cognitive, communication, social emotional, physical, and adaptive development.
- Some of the benefits you will see include:
- How to make routines at home and in the community easier.
- How to support and accommodate your child’s special needs.
- How to support your child in becoming more independent.
- How to support your child in developing friendships.
Child Development Areas Of Focus
- Cognitive development: Thinking, learning and problem solving.
- Speech and language development: Talking, expressing themselves, and understanding.
- Social/Emotional development: Interacting and building relationships with others.
- Physical development: Using hands, small and large muscles, and moving around.
- Self Help: Eating, dressing, toileting, and sleeping (taking care of self).