Early Intervention

Home Based Early Childhood Intervention is a program for children birth to three years of age who have a developmental delay or a disability. If your child qualifies for services we send a highly skilled team of therapists into your home to teach you strategies and empower you to be an advocate for your child. The services are provided at no cost to you.

Birth to three years of age is a critical time in a child’s development.  Medical and educational studies, along with the personal experiences of families show that a family-centered program of support and services can make a difference in a child’s future.  This process is known as Early Intervention.  Children ages birth to three years with a developmental delay or that have a diagnosis that has a high likelihood of resulting in a delay may qualify for services.

Trained professionals are eager to support parents in helping babies learn all they can.  The earlier services are provided to children with developmental delays, the quicker the families get the support and training they need. This program is at no cost to the family. As a team we work together to provide a better start in the child’s life.  Please read through the rest of the page to answer your questions about Early Intervention.  If you cannot find the answer, or would like a free screening please call 702-445-2263.

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How to Refer

If you would like a comprehensive evaluation for your child, please call the referral line at 702-486-9200 and request Positively Kids.  There are five community providers of Early Intervention and a public provider with the state.  As a boutique company, Positively Kids is able to offer intimacy and dedication to each and every individual case.  We will be here from referral to exit, helping every step of the way.

Qualifying for Services

To be eligible for services, your child must be between the ages of 0-2. After calling the referral line at 702-486-9200 and requesting Positively Kids, our intake service coordinator, Emily Villatoro will call you within two days.  She will discuss your concerns for your child’s development and schedule a Multiple Disciplinary Team (MDT) meeting.  At this meeting, you will meet Emily and a therapist specializing in the area of developmental concern (speech therapist, physical therapist, etc).  With your permission, they, along with you and those you wish to be involved in testing will spend approximately an hour in evaluations of your child’s cognitive, communication, physical, social emotional, and adaptive development.  Even if your concern is only that your child isn’t talking or isn’t walking, the whole evaluation will give us comprehensive answers and pinpoint concerns.

If your child is past their 3rd birthday, please contact The Child Find Project at 702-799-7463 to set up an evaluation. For more information about this program, visit their website at http://ccsd.net/divisions/student-support-services-division/child-find

Creating an IFSP

If your child is found eligible for services and you would like your child to receive services, you will schedule a second meeting to create an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).  This plan will be completed within 45 days of the initial phone call to the referral line.  The IFSP will describe your child’s present levels of development, the outcomes (goals) for your child and family, and the services and supports necessary to meet them.  This is your family’s unique plan for services.  It will focus on meeting the needs identified in the evaluation, and those identified throughout the creation of the IFSP.  This plan will be reviewed at least every six months to update and focus in on the changing needs of your individual family.

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Ongoing Services

  • Early Intervention is a voluntary, family centered program.

As this child’s family, you have the right to give your permission for, or decline, evaluations, assessments, or services provided.  You can also refuse one service and accept another.

With each of the services you do receive, your family’s participation is crucial for success.   The early intervention staff will assist you in designing and carrying out the strategies that will meet your child’s and family’s unique needs.  The more involved your family becomes with early intervention, the better the outcomes for your child.  All intervention should be designed to enhance your family’s lives within your daily routines.

  • How children learn – natural environment

Research from leading experts on early childhood development has shown that infants and toddlers learn best when they are participating in natural learning opportunies that occur in everyday routines and activities with their families and in the community (e.g. playing with siblings, eating with their family, visiting grandparents, etc.).  Children need repeated opportunities to practice, during the family’s normal day, to develop skills.  When children are interested and participating in an activity, they are more likely to gain and master new skills.  Children with disabilities or delays need many opportunities to repeat activities in a variety of ways and at different times to promote learning. Early intervention will support your family by focusing on specific challenges that impact your child’s functional participation in everyday activities and routines. Staff will provide services and supports to assist you in facilitating your child’s learning and participation in community life. “Early intervention professionals’ job is to make sure that... regular caregivers, such as parents and other child care providers, have the information, encouragement, and materials to take advantage of learning opportunities that occur throughout the day, wherever the child happens to be.¹”

References:

¹McWilliam, R.A. (2001). Understanding the Family Ecology. Project INTEGRATE Model for Natural Environments in Early Intervention

The Team

The team will consist of parent, service coordinator, developmental specialist as well as one or more other therapists as determined necessary for child’s optimum development.

  • The primary person on your child’s team is you. As the parent/guardian, you are in charge of advocating for your and being the voice of your child.
  • Service Coordination – Family’s primary point of contact for obtaining information and services.
  • Developmental Specialist – Observes and assesses the overall development of your child
  • Speech/Language Pathologist – Communication: Receptive (understanding) and Expressive (signs, gestures, speaking)
  • Physical Therapist – Gross motor development like rolling, sitting, crawling and walking
  • Feeding Specialist – Textures in mouth, jaw, lip and mouth strength for eating
  • Intensive Behavior Specialist – Extreme behaviors including autism
  • Occupational Therapist – Fine motor development like picking up small objects, hand eye coordination and sensory sensitivities.
  • Vision Specialist – Vision concerns addressed and therapies
  • Audiologist – Hearing concerns addressed
  • Nutritionist – Follows the growth of the child

Reviews of IFSP

The IFSP created after the initial evaluation, and any IFSP thereafter expires after one year.  Six months after that initial evaluation it will be updated, then when it expires the team will meet again to create a new plan, keeping everything current and addressing the needs or your ever evolving family, and growing child. Before each review you will schedule with the Service Coordinator, who will inform the team.  In the mail you will receive a written notice of the meeting.  You are able to invite whomever you wish to these meetings.

Transition Process

Early Intervention programs end when a child turns three.  This will be discussed at each juncture and will be a continuing conversation throughout your time in the program.  As your child gets closer to their 3rd birthday, we will discuss the options and begin helping you make decisions based on what you envision for your child’s progress.  As the parent, you can decide to pursue continued specialized services, or not.  There are a variety of resources available including special education services (such as Child Find) and non-special education services (such as Head Start) that we will explore as a team, helping you find the best fit so you can confidently step into the third wonderful year in your child’s life.

Parent Empowerment

The inclusion of any link on this website does not imply endorsement.

EI Parent handbook, frequent questions and rights: http://dhhs.nv.gov/Programs/IDEA/Early_Intervention_Programs/

Developmental milestones:  https://pathways.org/milestones/

Autism information: https://www.autismspeaks.org/

Nursing Services/Respite: https://positivelykids.org/home_health.aspx

Insurance application assistance: https://positivelykids.org/pk__health_insurance_program.aspx

Family Healthcare Clinic – Medical, dental, mental healthcare: https://positivelykids.org/family_healthcare_clinic.aspx

Project Assist: http://dhhs.nv.gov/Programs/IDEA/ProjectASSIST/

Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada: http://dsosn.org

Early Childhood Special Education Resource Library:  http://dhhs.nv.gov/Programs/ IDEA/ProjectASSIST/Special-Ed- Library/

What it is: A statewide resource library available to families, professionals, educators, and staff working with young children with disabilities, and their families is the Early Childhood Special Education Resource Library located in theIDEA Part C office.  This library contains hundreds of books, DVDs and other materials regarding Autism, children with disabilities, Downs syndrome, early intervention, families, special education and law, and more.  This library is available for use statewide and a catalog is available on the website.  Contact ProjectAssist@dhhs.nv.gov or 1-800-522-0066

Resources for Fathers:  http://dhhs.nv.gov/Programs/ IDEA/ProjectASSIST/Fathers/

What it is:  A collection of sources in support of dads who have children with special needs, including a “Guide for Dads”.

Click here to download the Parent Handbook (English)

Click here to download the Parent Handbook (Español)