Services provided for children 0 – 3 years of age
Welcome to our blog! This blog is being created by and for Early Interventionists, as well as any referral sources (i.e. parents, pediatricians, anyone). We hope this will be a place wherein all Early Interventionists (Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologist, Special Instructors (teachers), Vision Specialists, Hearing Specialists, Behavior Specialists, Service Coordinators Administrators and parents (did I get everyone?), can talk about what EI really is, not just the printed description of what it is. We want to be able to share experiences, thoughts, feelings, fears, rewards, etc. from various perspectives, beginning with the referral to Early Intervention and leading up to 3 year old transitions or ‘graduations.’ It’s a lot to tackle so we are planning to do it little by little. We know that there is no way we can do it all at once!
What is Early Intervention?
Very briefly, the primary focus of Early Intervention is a family support system, thus the name of the plan we work from: Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). Early Interventionists target parent/caregiver training and education, with the goal of having the recommended strategies incorporated into daily routines. Carryover must happen in order to effectively help the children (0-3 years old) achieve their maximum potential. We also assist is the utilization of available community resources. Finally, we support the family in transitioning to the ‘Educational System’ (Berks County Early Intervention or BCIU), when their child turns 3 years old.