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What Comes After Early Intervention Services for My Child?

By Brooke Racicot, PT, PCS

The first several years of life are a critical time of brain development for a child, building the foundation for years to come. At teli, The Early Learning Institute, our therapists work with families and children with developmental delays and address those concerns in the first three years with the appropriate Early Intervention therapies that will enable a child to reach their full potential.

As your child approaches three years of age, you, your teli therapist, and your health care professionals may assess the need to continue speech, physical, occupational, or other therapies. A recent affiliation forged between teli and The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh provides seamless support for families in continuing care after the completion of Early Intervention services up to age 21 years old.

How do I access additional services for my child?
Begin by consulting with your health care provider as well as your teli Early Intervention therapist to discuss how additional therapies could assist your child. You can either ask for a referral from your physician or you can self-refer. From there, the process begins with an evaluation of your child by the provider that you select.

What services can my child receive?
Providers such as The Children’s institute offer a range of services to address your child’s needs including:

  • Physical Therapy – Physical activity and skilled movements provide essential building blocks for further development. These skills support children as they explore their environment through structured play.
  • Occupational Therapy – A child’s work is their play! Incorporating activities that help children to develop skills of everyday life, like feeding and dressing, enable them to explore their world and do more things independently.
  • Speech Language Therapy – Speech is an important form of expression. Stimulating language development through integrated play helps a child understand and communicate with the world around them.
  • Nutrition – Proper nutrition is an essential part of overall health. Ensuring your child has a nutritionally balanced diet will provide them with the energy to learn, grow, and develop.
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) – The new ABA program at The Children’s Institute provides comprehensive and collaborative therapies for children with autism between the ages of 18 months to 21 years old, conducted both on-site and via telehealth.

Learn more about services provided by teli at www.telipa.org or The Children’s Institute at www.amazingkids.org.

Brooke Racicot is Senior Director of Rehabilitation Services.

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