The Arc Alliance Children’s Services provides early intervention and support services to children between the ages of birth and three years with developmental delays. Early Intervention services are designed to allow your child the opportunity to actively participate in family and community life.
The Arc Alliance Children’s Services teachers and therapists work on the outcomes identified by you for your child and Early Intervention activities occur in the places you choose to meet those outcomes, at home, in a child care setting or in the community. It is not unusual to see Early Intervention Services taking place in the grocery store, the mall, at the doctor’s office,the library and on the playground.
Through the years we have found that families serve as an effective resource for each other. Families gather for support, to receive information or to have fun. We offer a variety of inclusive group activities throughout the year that make it easy and convenient for families to get together.
The Arc Alliance Children’s Services looks forward to serving you and your family!
- Education – We are able to provide special instructors to work with you and your child providing important learning skills through play and social interactions. All of our special instructors meet the state requirements. Our special instructors will work with you and your child in a variety of home and community based settings coaching you and modeling play, social interactions and language for your child. Our special instructors all come with a variety of other trainings in their tool kits such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
- Play Therapy (Floortime®) – The Developmental, Individual-difference, Relationship-based (DIR) model is the formal name for a comprehensive, individualized approach to assess, understand, and treat children who have developmental delays (including Autism Spectrum Disorder). Focusing on the building blocks of healthy development, this approach is also referred to as the “Floortime” or “DIRFloortime” approach. Floortime® is actually a strategy within the DIR® model that emphasizes the creation of emotionally meaningful learning exchanges that encourage developmental abilities.The goal of treatment within the DIR model is to build foundations for healthy development rather than to work only on the surface of symptoms and behaviors. Here, children learn to master critical abilities that may have been missed along their developmental track.
- Speech Therapy – focusing on improving communication skills and the use of oral muscles, Speech Therapy is used to help address development delays caused by autism, hearing impairments, apraxia and a wide variety of other speech, voice and language problems and in addition includes Feeding Therapies for treating conditions relating to both feeding and swallowing.
- Occupational Therapy – this therapy often focuses on fine motor skills, like those required for picking up and handling small objects, writing and drawing pictures. The benefits of Occupational Therapy are wide ranging, helping to address developmental delays caused by physical disability, autism and sensory disorders.
- Physical Therapy – this type of therapy is used to develop general motor skills, improve balance and increase muscle strength and flexibility. Physical Therapy can greatly assist children with sitting, walking and crawling and will often form a key part of a rehabilitative development program.
- Social Work Services – They provide support to the families through groups and individual sessions. They also provide support with linking families to necessary resources such as Medical Assistance or SSI and information about various doctors, the early intervention system and the transition process to the local Intermediate Units as well coping strategies to navigate their new world of a life with special concerns.
- Vision Services – We have special instructors that have additional education and training in vision development and are certified vision teachers. Vision teachers are educators who have received specialized training to work with visually impaired students. They have all the skills of an ordinary teacher, but have also been taught how to meet the unique needs of students with visual impairments. The teachers of the visually impaired work with children with vision concerns such as children with retinopathy of prematurity, genetic issues and can also begin early braille skills as well as strategies to help cope with this life long disability.
- Nutrition Services – We have nutritional support services provided by Register Dieticians to help support children and families with appropriate weight gain and growth as well as support for healthy foods and snacks to ensure adequate growth for development
For assistance with identifying services and support or if you need someone to listen to your situation please contact us at 610-265-4700 and as for Children’s Services or contact us today online and we will make contact with you as soon as possible.
As in all Counties Early Intervention is a free service. If interested, contact your county through the telephone numbers listed below and request The Arc Alliance Children’s Services as your provider: