What Is Early Intervention?
According to the CDC, Early intervention:
Is the term used to describe services and support that help babies and toddlers (from birth to 3 years of age in most states/territories) with developmental delays or disabilities and their families.
May include occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, and other types of services based on the needs of the child and family.
Can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to learn new skills and increase their success in school and life.
Programs are available in every state and territory. These services are provided for free or at a reduced cost for any child who meets the state’s criteria for developmental delay (In Georgia- the program Babies Cant Wait).
Early Intervention is likely to be more effective when it is provided earlier in life rather than later.
The connections in a baby’s brain are most adaptable in the first three years of life. These connections, also called neural circuits, are the foundation for learning, behavior, and health. Over time, these connections become harder to change.
For more information, including what to say when you contact early intervention and how to get support for your family, visit the cdc.gov/Concerned.
Occupational Therapy (Ages 0-18)
Occupational Therapy provides children the skills they need to achieve developmental milestones and family goals within their environment. Often through play, your child may work on improving their balance, strength, ability to grasp, self care and dressing skills, coloring, sensory skills and regulation, visual perceptual skills, handwriting, social skills, and attention. Mastery of these skills are stepping stones that allow your child to increase their independent and confidence in any settings. Thus, they can utilize newfound skills to take on any challenge!
Child blowing bubbles- an activity that can help children with low tone increase oral motor skills that help them to suck, and chew
Child engaging in Dressing Skills- there are many components to putting on shoes (putting on socks, shoe, tying or using fasteners like velcro)
Puzzles can help children improve their visual motor skills, fine motor skills, and dexterity
Child engages in obstacle course that could be used to help with gross motor strengthening, attention to task, and coordination
Child engages with sensory rice bin - which
can be used to help a child calm, help to increase their fine motor skills, and stimulates their sense of touch
Child learning how to correctly grasp and create pre-writing strokes in prep for pre-school/ classroom setting
Is your child a picky eater ? Do they run, cry, and or avoid certain textures? Sometimes underlying reasons my be the reason you child is not eating certain foods.
Therapy that takes place in the pool! Great for kiddos who have trouble focusing, get tired easy, may not be able to move as well due to pain or balance issues.
Tele-Therapy Options Available
We offer various group classes throughout the year, including social skills classes, hand writing camp, sensory, yoga, opportunities for community service, and much more!
Infant Massage Series by Certified Infant Massage Instrutor (Parent and Baby Class)- Private Pay
Tummy Time and Developmental Movement (Parent and Baby Class)- Private Pay
Physical touch is one of the first ways your baby learns about their body and their environment. Infant massage has been shown to have numerous benefits. Not limited to improving your child's muscular development, comfort and sleep, body awareness, coordination, digestion and circulation (such as Colic and gas).
Tummy time helps strengthening muscles in the neck, back, and upper body which are required for higher level skills (like rolling, playing, or crawling). Benefits also include helping you baby avoiding flat spots on their head. Are you wanting to know how to incorporate Tummy time into your daily routine or ways to make it more enjoyable or comfortable for your baby.