Can Early Intervention help your child?

Can Early Intervention help your child?

Times have changed since I was a young child. I remember being dropped off at grandmother’s house and sitting and watching Black and White movies of The Three Stooges on a floor model television in the living room. I remember watching the Price is Right and clapping my hands because I saw the audience do this on TV. Now we have which help children with eye- hand coordination, Leap Frog which helps children read .

As a Social Worker, I am always concerned with the growth and development of my children. I often, compare my kids’ growth to the milestone chart given by the pediatrician to see if my client is developing according to the benchmarks. The questions are, what happens if children are below where they need to be and are there anything parents can do to help? What is Early Intervention? How does it help families? And what happens if a child has a diagnosis as being developmentally delayed at a young age?

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Early Intervention is an organization which helps children who may have developmental delays. Early Intervention helps infants and toddlers get intervention and services they need to learn within their first three years of life. These skills include cognitive, physical, communication, and self- help. According to Early Intervention Services, they will tailor services to meet the child’s needs which might include the use of technology, Medical Services, Nutrition Services, Occupational and Physical Therapy Services. Early Intervention also helps parents understand the needs of the child as it is not easy raising a child with special needs parents are offered support to help with this challenging concept.

 

Early Intervention Services are generally at the request of parents, and sometimes a referral is made by a Developmental Pediatrician. The assessment service is free of charge. The Family Service Coordinator will explain the processes and ask the parent/ guardian for permission to assess the child. According to Parent Center Hub, “The evaluation group will be made up of qualified people who have different areas of training and experience. Together, they know about children’s speech and language skills, physical abilities, hearing and vision, and other critical areas of development. They know how to work with the kids, even very young ones, to discover if a child has a problem or is developing within normal ranges. Group members may evaluate your child together or individually. As part of the evaluation, the team will observe your child, ask your child to do things, talk to you and your child, and use other methods to gather information. These procedures will help the team find out how your child functions in the five areas of development. ”

When the child has a diagnosis by the child’s pediatrician, or a certified Infant and Toddler Developmental Specialist, the parents should do their research about the child’s’ diagnosis. Getting as much information about the diagnosis which includes how this diagnosis will affect their child future and what other milestones they should be aware of for the child.
Assistive Technology is helpful. There many Smartphone applications as well as any items on the I pad application which help with the education of the child with delays. There is also adaptive equipment from agencies such as Fun and Functional and Zyrobotics which used technology to create switches to turn on computers or sensory items for kids who need sensory stimulation. Technology has come up with ways where a child can use eye gazing to answer the question a computer app has asked them.

It is important for parents to know they are not alone. There are communities which help families understand the child’s diagnosis. There support groups at local and community hospitals, as well meet- up support groups for the parent of children with special needs. It is also helpful for parents to know what is being discussed from the local, state and nationally regarding their child’s diagnosis. Parents and caregivers may also benefit from joining different national associations. Children often benefit from going to support groups with their peers. Parent Support groups become impromptu play dates where children can be with similar children who look and act similar to them. National Associations such as Autism Speaks, National Society of Down Syndrome and much more have resources available on their websites which include information sheets, up to date facts and what is happening on the local and national level.
All in all, Children who are given a diagnosis with a developmental delay can receive early intervention services. The referral process in simple and can lead to other doors such as support groups for parents and caregivers in the local community as well as the national level. Support groups help parents communicate with their peers to express any concerns about being a parent of a special need child.

Spring Fling

Spring Fling

I recently attended a Father- Daughter/ Mother- Son Dance presented by Amazing Kidz Therapy, PLLC.  The fundraiser event was to raise money for The Autism Speaks Walk. The children that were in attendance ranged from grades K- 5. The children dressed in their Sunday best dancing to famous artists such as Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake. The dance floor was rarely empty; at some points more adults were dancing on the floor then the children.

 

Amazing Kidz Therapy provides premier pediatric occupational therapy services to children from birth to the age of 18. Quality care and customer experience are the cornerstones of this agency.  Amazing Kidz Therapy believes every child is unique and deserves services that reflect the same to maximize their independence within all of their natural settings, including home, school, and play.

Amazing Kidz Therapy believes therapy is not just performed within the therapy clinic, but are continues throughout a child’s home and school environments through collaboration with all involved in the child’s care.  Amazing Kidz Therapy provides at home resources to parents and caregivers to assist in continuing progress throughout the week. There programs and specialties include but not limited to:

Handwriting Support

Handwriting Groups

30-minute handwriting groups are tailored to meet the needs of children that are having difficulty with the physical act of writing.

Amazing Kidz Therapy utilizes the Handwriting Without Tears® approach, which includes first learning letter formation with a multi-sensory approach and then progressing to putting pencil to paper.  A systematic approach for learning letter formation is utilized to solidify rudimentary skills and then building upon those for more complex writing strokes.

girl in a tutu dancing

Fine Motor Coordination and Strengthening

Fine motor skills are required to perform activities such as handwriting, eating, playing and manipulating smaller objects, self-care skills, and skills needed for success in academic setting.

 

Self -Care, Life and Social Skills

Activities of daily living references the everyday tasks that one participates into care for themselves: dressing, bathing, hygiene, eating, grooming, toileting, etc.  For some children, learning and developing these skills can be hard and daunting tasks. Occupational Therapy works towards breaking down the steps and skills required for each age appropriate task to assist in increase the child’s independence and build their confidence and much more.

 

About the Owner: Kathleen Pici, OTR/L, and CAS

Kathleen attended Utica College of Syracuse University where she received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2002. She is Certified Autism Specialist through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Standards.  Her experience spans evaluating and treating a variety of populations including (but not limited to) Autism and ASD, Sensory Processing Disorders, Behavioral Disturbances, Down Syndrome, Selective Mutism, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, ODD, ADHD, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Torticollis and congenital neurogenic motor disturbances.  Her evaluations and treatments are centered on the whole child to ensure that all needs are addressed to allow the child to maximize their development and thrive within their multitude of environments.

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