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Early Intervention Services

Early Intervention Services

The Arc Children’s Services provides Early Intervention Services for children birth to three years of age who are eligible through Louisiana’s Early Steps Program. We are a family-centered program that provides services in the home, child care settings, and other community settings.

 

Currently the program provides early intervention services using the Transdisciplinary Teaming/ Primary Provider Approach. This is a family-centered approach where one service provider is the primary provider, taking the lead in working with the child and family, and other providers collaborate to support the primary service provider. Team meetings provide consultation so that all of the providers work together to meet the needs of the child and family. The family is provided with a team of providers who all work for The Arc Children’s Services. Amongst our staff are providers with expertise in hearing loss, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), sign language, Cued Speech, cochlear implants, sensory integration, feeding, and NDT. If a family chooses this approach, contact Transdisciplinary Teaming/Primary Provider Project Coordinators, Ann Phillips or Donna Talley at (225) 355-4461. We serve children in the following parishes: East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, and Ascension.

 

The Arc Children’s Services has provided early intervention services through its Early Intervention Program (EIP) since 1975 in order to meet the needs of infants and toddlers with special needs and their families. These services include Special Instruction, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Family Education and Support, Social Work, and Family Service Coordination. Our program provides supports for the parents, the children, or the family as a whole. These supports may be in the form of learning activities or other structured experiences that affect a child directly or that have indirect effects for parents through trainings and technical assistance as they enhance the caregiving environment.

 

Three primary reasons for early intervention are to enhance the child’s development, to provide support to families and to maximize the child’s and family’s benefit to society. After nearly 50 years of research, there is evidence--both quantitative and qualitative that early intervention increases the developmental and educational gains for the child, improves the functioning of the family, and reaps long-term benefits for society. Early intervention has been shown to result in the child: (a) needing fewer special education and other habilitative services later in life; (b) being retained in grade less often; and (c) in some cases being indistinguishable from their typical peers, years after intervention.