Home-based/Community Based Services
Children who qualify for services age birth to three are served based on their Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). Children age three to five are served based on their Individual Education Plan (IEP). Professionals involved in services can include Services Coordinators (for children birth to three), Early Childhood Special Education Teachers, Speech Language Pathologists, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapists, Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and Teachers for the Visually Impaired. Services are delivered using a Primary Service Provider (PSP) Model. The PSP Model consists of a team of professionals who work together to support families and caregivers. Each family is assigned a professional who consults and receives coaching from other professional fields to meet the needs of the family. The overall goal is to increase confidence and competence of families to support the child's growth and development through natural learning in the home/community setting.
Early Development Network (EDN) Services Coordinators are assigned to an infant or toddler below age three who qualifies for services because of a disability or developmental delay. Service Coordinators help families of children with special needs:
Early Childhood Special Education Teachers
Early Childhood Special Education Teachers are well versed in all areas of development of the young child. They support as well as empower families and caregivers by providing strategies and opportunities to maximize learning throughout daily activities. Early Childhood Special Education Teachers use their knowledge and skills specifically related to all areas of development to assist families and caregivers on growing and learning with their child.
Speech Language Pathology
Early Childhood Speech Language Pathologists are professionals who evaluate and treat children who have difficulty with speech and/or language. Our goal is to better equip parents and caregivers with strategies to facilitate communication. Learn more at bpsearlychildhoodspeech.weebly.com!
Physical therapy can support families in promoting their children’s development, learning, and participation in family and community life. Physical Therapists use their knowledge and skills specifically related to motor and self-care function, assistive technology, and medical/ health care science to provide a unique contribution to the education team. Physical therapists provide service by collaborating with the team, exchanging information with the family, and integrating interventions into everyday routines, activities, and locations. Information via: http://pediatricapta.org/
Occupational Therapists support and promote the development and engagement of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, and their families or other caregivers, in everyday routines. These routines include play, rest and sleep, activities of daily living, education, and social participation. Information via: http://www.aota.org/practice/children-youth/early-intervention.aspx
Other available team members include:
- Vision Consultant
- Hearing Consultant
- School Psychologist
- Assistive Technology Specialist
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