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Taking the Mystery Out of Early Intervention

As an Early Intervention provider, teli often receives requests and calls from parents with these exact questions about Early Intervention. They are concerned about their child and possible developmental delays and they are calling for information because their health care provider has suggested Early Intervention. We know it is a bit scary for parents, but we are here to help and calm your fears and most importantly help your child achieve their developmental goals.

Early Intervention is a routine based system of coordinated services including Physical, Speech and/or Occupational therapies as well as nutrition, vision, hearing and developmental services that promote a child's age-appropriate growth and development, supporting families during the critical years between birth and three years of age.

Initially an assessment of your child will take place by an independent evaluator to determine if services are recommended. Dependent on your child’s needs, one or more therapies or services will be coordinated and provided in your home or at another convenient setting such as daycare or grandma’s house. These therapies may include:

  • Physical therapy if there are concerns in the areas of gross or fine motor skills or movement
  • Speech therapy if sound and or language formation is of concern.
  • Occupational therapy to help with feeding as well as sensory issues.
  • Development instruction to help with behavioral concerns
  • Social Service to support the family
  • Hearing, Vision and Nutrition Services to address associated issues

teli professionals have extensive experience in helping children through the use of various activities that may look like “playing” with your child. In fact, they are! A child’s work is play. Therapists work with you and your child to provide activities and suggestions that you can repeat between therapy sessions to help your child address development challenges. The frequency and length of therapy session will vary based on the needs of your child.

The length of time a child receives Early Intervention Service is very individualized. Dependent on the nature and degree of the child’s developmental delay, one or more therapies may be required over time. As your child progresses, your therapist will have a better sense of the length of time your child might need in Early Intervention based on their experience with similar children. Our experience at teli indicates that with encouragement and practice, each child can reach their true potential.

For more information on Early Intervention and teli services, give use at call at (412) 922-8322 or check out our website at www.telipa.org.

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