Early Intervention Primary Service Provider Model
Early Intervention services are provided by a team made up of Developmental specialists, Service Coordinators, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, and a Speech Therapist. Eligible children are assigned a Primary Service Provider to begin visits in a child’s everyday routine and natural environment. The Primary Service Provider coaches and models techniques to encourage development in the area of need as identified by the family. The team is used as a resource for this Primary Service Provider to address needs outside of that particular service provider’s area of expertise. These services build confidence and competence for the parent/caregiver so they are able to continue what they have learned and incorporate these skills into their family routine. The family and child are at the center of this model. Coaching parents and care givers to encourage development allows for more opportunities throughout every day for the child to learn new skills.
Home Based Services:
These services can occur in natural environment settings such as: the family’s home, playgroups, or daycare settings. Services are provided by thy Early Intervention Specialists and include activities that focus on the individual strengths and needs of the child and family. Parent education is an integral part of this type of service.
The P.L.A.Y. Project:
The P.L.A.Y. Project ( Play and Language for Autistic youngsters ) is an evidence-based developmental intervention offered to families enrolled in our Early Intervention Program who have children potentially showing signs of autism or who have been diagnosed. P.L.A.Y. Project Home Consultants help parents and caregivers develop play strategies to help their child better connect, communicate and build relationships with others.
What are Early Intervention Supports and Services?
Early Intervention Services and Supports are identified for each individual child and family through the development of an Individualized Family Service Plan with the the Sandusky County Help Me Grow Program. Services and supports can be provided in a variety of settings such as: the child’s home or day care, center-based classes, or a combination of both. Services include developmentally appropriate and family supported activities designed to enhance the child’s development. These services are provided by Early Intervention Specialists, Occupational and Physical Therapists, and/or Speech and Language Pathologists.
The Sandusky County Board of Developmental Disabilities Intervention Team works cooperatively with other providers within the Help Me Grow System to meet the unique needs of every child and family.
Children have the opportunity to socialize with peers while receiving developmentally appropriate therapy services.
Child Development Stages:
How your child moves in their environment. These are skills which require the coordination of large muscle groups such as arms, legs, and trunk. Examples of gross motor skills include: crawling, walking, jumping, and throwing a ball.
How your child uses their hands and face. These skills require the coordination of the small muscles of the body. Examples include stacking blocks, stringing beads, tracking objects with their eyes, and smiling.
How your child shows an understanding of their environment. This area involves thinking skills, including the ability to receive, process, analyze, and understand information. Pushing buttons to activate a toy or responding to others are examples of cognitive skills.
Communication / Language
How your child speaks. This area of development involves skills which enable people to understand and share information, thoughts, or feelings. Examples would include: waving “bye-bye”, using spontaneous word utterances, repeating language heard.
How your child cares for their own needs. This area involves skills that show a child’s ability to adjust to new situations. Examples would include self feeding, toilet training, and dressing.
Social / Emotional
How your child gets along with others. This area of development involves skills which enable the child to function in a group and to interact appropriately with others, such as playing a circle game with other children or comforting a peer who is crying.
- 101 families were served in 2016. This is down from 1 family in 2015.
- We received 69 referrals and of those 61 qualified for services
- We completed 41 Bayley Assessments
- 9 families received PLAY project services