Getting the right support EARLY is vital to your child’s development. Brain development is at its peak during the first five years of a child’s life, and identifying developmental delays and disabilities is paramount in order to intervene when the most good can be done. If your child has a developmental delay or you think s/he might, please contact us to learn more about Early Intervention.
The objective of Early Intervention is to increase the functional and cognitive skills of your child leading to greater independence. Early Intervention services and supports will help you understand the unique needs of your child as well as the strategies and activities that can increase their functional skills and independence in regularly establish routines of the family. Early Intervention also provides support for a smooth transition for the child and family into an education placement at school age.
Easterseals has been a leading provider of Early Intervention for decades. We provide top quality services in your home or wherever your child spends his/her day (childcare center, babysitter’s home, while playing in the park, etc.) at no cost to you. Our highly-qualified therapists and teachers are well-trained in child development and pediatric therapy and will collaborate with you to develop goals that you feel are most important.
Special instruction: services focused on building attention, behavior and learning challenges, communication skills, play and social skills, as well as overall development.
Occupational therapy: focus is on developing fine motor skills and skills such as eating, including feeding challenges. Sensory integration, play and social skill development are also emphasized.
Physical therapy: focus is on developing gross motor skills such as head control, rolling, sitting, standing, crawling and walking. Muscle tone, balance and coordination are also emphasized.
Speech therapy: focus is on developing communication skills, including sign language, use of pictures, speech development, and pronunciation skills. Feeding concerns are also addressed by speech therapists.
For more information, contact:
Jill R. Glose, Vice President of Clinical Services