Children’s Services

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What is Early Intervention at The Arc Alliance?

Welcome to The Arc Alliance Children’s Services! We are excited to share with you the support and services we provide children from birth to three years of age. In addition to services for your child, we also provide support for your family through groups and activities. We hope the information on our site provides you with the answers and steps to become part of our family. If you have questions do not hesitate to contact us!

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!

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Early Intervention Services and Supports For Your Family

Play Therapy 
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Vision Services
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Education
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Occupational Therapy 
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Speech
Therapy 

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Physical
Therapy 

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Social
Work

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Nutrition
Services

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Learn how you can get started

Okay, you have a concern about your child’s development; maybe your physician has diagnosed your child with an intellectual or developmental delay, maybe you are concerned about how your child is developing, or maybe a daycare provider, friend or family member has raised a concern.  You are not alone.  Navigating through the complex process to get the right help at the right time by the right people can be very confusing and frustrating to someone new to the system.  The Arc Alliance Children’s Services is here to help you. Watch this short video to get on your way!

How to get your child started in Early Intervention

Reaching out to The Arc Alliance Children’s Services is your first step to help you through the maze of figuring out how to best help your child.  We are here to help you find answers to your questions and put a plan together to get your child started on the path to success.

Let us help you through the process.

If you don’t have a medical diagnosis, taking a look at our Rack Cards may help you identify concerns in SpeechMotor Skills or possible behaviors on the Autism spectrum.  If you still have questions or concerns please call The Arc Alliance Children’s Services at 610-764-8754 (if by chance we are not available when you call, please leave your name and phone number and we will get back to you within 24 hours).

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One of the goals of The Arc Alliance Children’s Services is to help families navigate the Early Intervention system.  We can assist you in making phone calls to the County to set up the evaluation, discuss any concerns that you may have and be available for questions during the entire evaluation process.

Here is what happens next

For assistance with identifying services and support or if you need someone to listen to your situation please contact us at 610-265-4700 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:

Berks County (SAM – Service Access & Management)

610-236-0530
877-236-4600
610-236-0361 TTY

Chester County
610-344-5948

Montgomery County
610-278-6207

Parent Resources

The Arc Alliance provides various support groups, programs and resources for individuals, parents, guardians, siblings and caregivers.  If you are interested in participating in any of the mentioned groups please contact or call us at 610-265-4700 and we will connect you with the appropriate group lead.  If you would like to see a group developed as an individual, parent or loved one please simply let us know through the contact us link at the top of this page.

Father’s Group – Come join the group for fathers of children with special needs.  They meet the 1st and 3rd Saturday from September through June from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. When the fathers meet, they discuss issues affecting them and their families, offering support to those who need it.  There is babysitting available so bring your children (all ages are welcome) and give the Moms a free morning to relax!!!  Please contact us at Contact Email to register.

Music Together Program – The class is one time per week for 45 minutes and is a family class.  We are able to accept 10 families per semester. Families participating will need to complete a pre and post questionnaire as well as be agreeable to photos and/or videos taken to help support the grant process.  All families participating will receive 2 professionally produced CDs of the music for the semester (one for home and one for the car) as well as the songbook to accompany the CD.  If interested in participating please contact Fran Crowe at fcrowe@thearcalliance.org or 484-868-0438.

Sibling Group – Come join the group and meet kids just like you.  Do you feel overwhelmed, frustrated, or teased?  Or do you want to share your story with a group of kids that can relate to your family situation?  Come join the Siblings Group and have fun and enjoy meeting kids that understand.   Learn some skills to help you deal with situations that come up in your life and how to show others that your special needs sibling is unique and worth getting to know.  Children 7-13 years of age. The Group meets the last Thursday of each month, June through Sept from 6:15-7:30 pm.  Please contact – tmaccoy@thearcalliance.org to register.

 

The Arc Alliance Chat-n-Chew is an exciting series of parent workshops and network opportunities. These trainings are FREE. Bring your lunch, learn about a variety of issues impacting individuals with special needs and their family as well as have an opportunity to network with other parents! Each workshop stands alone. You are able to attend one, a few or all of the workshops, providing you a schedule friendly opportunity to gain insight and training on a variety of special needs topics. Workshops are offered during the day and in the evening, starting either at 11:30 am or (6:30 pm -7:00 pm networking) 7:00 pm lasting for an hour and a half. The day sessions provide you with an opportunity to bring your lunch and The Arc Alliance will provide a beverage, snack and the training! The evening sessions are set up after dinner and The Arc Alliance will provide a snack and beverage. Make sure to check the day and time of the sessions in which you have interest. Link to Chat-n-Chew

Blog Posts

Someone In Our Corner – by Anne Marie Newell

March 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

My son Matthew's journey started when my son was diagnosed with PDD at 21 months.  We were soon thereafter introduced to MARC because we were told that he was [...]

ESY Chat-n-Chew Session

February 21st, 2018|0 Comments

The Arc Alliance continues to provide resources for individuals and families on a variety of topics. The Chat-n-Chew offerings are one avenue for you to gain knowledge, build [...]

Governor Wolf’s Budget Address

February 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Governor Wolf invited Paul Stengle, CEO of The Arc Alliance to attend the 2018 State Budget Address in Harrisburg on February 6th. Paul has met with the governor's staff [...]

Additional Resources

The Arc Alliance Children’s Services collects resources from a variety of sources. To assist you, we have links below  to resources in effort to aid you and your family. These valuable aids are categorized in several ways to best guide  you in your search.

Family Resources
LICC
Transition Resources
Transition Resources

Our Team

Administration

Nancy Stimson
Nancy StimsonCo- Executive Director
Fran Crowe
Fran CroweCo- Executive Director/ Special Instructor
Wendy Halteman
Wendy HaltemanWestern Coordinator
Connie Viens
Connie ViensEastern Coordinator
Karen Haas
Karen HaasContractor Coordinator
Dana Blazo
Dana BlazoContractor Coordinator

Occupational Therapy

Ron Domeracki
Ron DomerackiOccupational Therapist
Cell Phone #: 484-919-9490
Years at The Arc Alliance: 11.5
Expertise: Autism, Feeding, Sensory, Signing, Vision
Personal Interests: Gardening, Sports, anything outdoors

Janice Hudes
Janice HudesOccupational Therapist
Cell Phone #: 267-934-9699
Years at The Arc Alliance: 3.5 staff; 11 contractor
Expertise: NDT Certified-Basic, NDT Certified-Baby Course, feeding experience, worked in pediatric rehab setting, worked in pediatric in acute OT hospital setting, prior experience in NICU, sensory integration
Personal Interests: Travel, gardening, drawing, painting, sewing and reading

Physical Therapy

Ellen Casey
Ellen CaseyPhysical Therapist
Cell Phone #: 267-664-2294
Years at The Arc Alliance: 3.5 staff; 8 contractor
Expertise: Down Syndrome, Massage Therapy, NDT Certified, Prematurity, Torticollis, Certified Infant Parent Instructor
Personal Interests: Enjoys gardening, hiking and watching soccer.
Carol Scheuerman
Carol ScheuermanPhysical Therapist
Cell Phone #: 215-380-5057
Years at The Arc Alliance: 8
Expertise: NDT and Total Motion Release, Yoga Certified Teacher, Yoga for Special Needs and Infant Massage
Personal Interests: Yoga, Reiki, homeopathy, bike riding, hiking and herbs
Elizabeth Werkheiser “Beth”
Elizabeth Werkheiser “Beth”Physical Therapist
Cell Phone #: 484-868-3744
Years at The Arc Alliance: 10.5
Expertise: Massage Therapy CEIM, NDT, Torticollis, Total Motion Release 1 & 2 for Tots & Adults and Cerebral Palsy, Brachial Plexus Injury, Toe Walking, Pediatric Yoga
Personal Interests: Therapeutic horseback riding, yoga, needlepoint and family
Rebecca Westwood “Becky”
Rebecca Westwood “Becky”Physical Therapist
Cell Phone #: 610-906-4263
Years at The Arc Alliance: 11
Expertise: Down Syndrome, Massage Therapy, NDT, Spanish, Torticollis and Total Motion Release
Personal Interests: Gardening, knitting, Pilates and walking

Social Work

Tonya MacCoy
Tonya MacCoySocial Worker
Cell Phone #: 610-547-0768
Years at The Arc Alliance: 11
Expertise: Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy
Personal Interests: Reading, politics and enjoying the outdoors

Special Instructors

Tanya Backlund
Tanya BacklundSpecial Instructor
Cell Phone #: 484-680-8143
Years at The Arc Alliance: 5.5
Expertise: Autism, Behavior, Down Syndrome, Massage Therapy, Signing,
CDA Professional Development Specialist and PQAS Certified Instructor
Personal Interests: I love spending time with my husband, son, daughter and our dog. We ski on the weekends in the winter. We go to lots of Phillies games. I love baking cakes and volunteer for the Montgomery County Youth Aid Panel and Kappa Delta at Villanova.
Christie Cendali
Christie CendaliSpecial Instructor
Email: ccendali@thearcalliance.org
Cell Phone #: 610-999-1605
Years at The Arc Alliance: 8.5
Expertise: ABA, Autism, Behavior
Personal Interests: Enjoys bargain shopping (especially for toys), going out to dinner and spending family time together.
Kimberly Fulmer
Kimberly FulmerSpecial Instructor
Cell Phone #: 610-247-3893
Years at The Arc Alliance: 2.5 year staff; 5.5 years contractor
Expertise: ABA, Autism, Behavior, Signing, VB (Verbal Behavior)
Personal Interests: I enjoy spending time with family and friends
Melissa Kalil
Melissa KalilSpecial Instructor
Cell Phone #: 484-868-0436
Years at The Arc Alliance: 12.5
Expertise: ABA, Autism, Behavior
Personal Interests: Family, baking and photography
Melissa Renner
Melissa RennerSpecial Instructor
Cell Phone #: 610-291-7755
Years at The Arc Alliance: 10
Expertise: Autism, Behavior, Down Syndrome, Massage Therapy and Prematurity
Personal Interests: Reading, tennis, photography, traveling, spending time with my family and friends and watching my boys play sports
Angie Sunday
Angie SundaySpecial Instructor
Cell Phone #: 484-868-0428
Years at The Arc Alliance: 16.5
Expertise: Diversity
Personal Interests: Walking on the beach, jogging, bike riding, yoga, snow skiing, along with traveling and most of all – spending time with my friends and family 🙂

Speech-Language Pathology

Susan Kane
Susan KaneSpeech-Language Pathology
Cell Phone #: 484-868-0426
Years at The Arc Alliance: 16.5
Expertise: Autism, Down Syndrome, Feeding, Signing and Hearing Impairment
Personal Interests: Sings in a chorus, gardening, hiking and yoga
LeAnne Liebl
LeAnne LieblSpeech-Language Pathology
Cell Phone #: 516-946-1280
Years at The Arc Alliance: 1.5
Expertise: Level 2 PROMPT Trained (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Musculature Phonetic Targets)
Personal Interests: Running, yoga, photography and cooking.
Lori Nichol
Lori NicholSpeech-Language Pathology
Cell Phone #: 484-868-0441
Years at The Arc Alliance: 17
Expertise: Autism, Down Syndrome, Feeding, Signing, PECS Certified, Hanen Certified (It Takes Two To Talk & More Than Words), Oral Placement Therapy, Prader Willi.
Personal Interests: Gardening, collecting antiques and Pilates
Amy Overholtzer
Amy OverholtzerSpeech-Language Pathology
Cell Phone #: 484-868-2168
Years at The Arc Alliance: 10.5
Expertise: Feeding
Personal Interests: Crafts, knitting, my kids and my dogs
Susan Ryan
Susan RyanSpeech-Language Pathology
Cell Phone #: 215-460-2875
Years at The Arc Alliance: 6 staff; 18 contractor
Expertise: Assistive Technology, Autism, Feeding, Prematurity, Sign Language, Language Disorders, Apraxia, Articulation, 30+ years of clinical practice, Advanced Certificate Autism, Takes Two to Talk Hanen Centre
Personal Interests: Gardening, book reading, biking, hiking, photography, cross-country skiing
Karen Sardella
Karen SardellaSpeech-Language Pathology
Cell Phone #: 610-952-3496
Years at The Arc Alliance: 7.5
Expertise: 20+ years’ experience working with Speech-Language Disorders, Assistive Technology, Down Syndrome, Prematurity, Signing, Prompt Trained, PECS, Motor Planning/Apraxia – Specifically trained in Kaufman Treatment Approach for Apraxia. Trained in Florida State University’s Autism Navigator.
Personal Interests: Biking, spending time with my family and 3 kids, reading on the beach and vacations!

Interested in PQAS Training?

PA Keys to Professional Development has implemented a system for approving individuals and organizations who provide professional development and technical assistance to early childhood and school-age professionals in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS) maintains a registry of approved Professional Development Instructors and Technical Assistance Consultants to help ensure that professional development activities and technical assistance meet quality standards.

Tanya Backlund; Certified PQAS Instructor, M. Ed.
along with The Arc Alliance
Presents

Working Collaboratively with Your E.I. Team
An Overview of Early Intervention Birth through Three
Using Sign Language to Communicate in the Early Childhood Classroom
Using Positive Behavior Strategies in the Early Childhood Classroom

Check the PD Registry for available dates and topics
Sign up on the PQAS Registry today
$20 Per Person per session

Discounted rates available for groups of 10 or more—Contact Nancy Stimson 484-868-0439

Pay for 1 Session $20 through PayPal

Pay for 2 Sessions $40 through PayPal

Pay for a group of 10 $200 through PayPal

Tanya is also available to come to your site to train staff on this and other topics

Need a topic specific to your needs?

Please contact us as we would be happy to develop need specific training
Questions? Call Tanya Backlund – 484-680-8143 (cell)

*No class will be held unless we have 10 or more prepaid
Join us at our location

The Arc Alliance – 3075 Ridge Pike
Eagleville, PA 19403

“The Arc Alliance has so much to offer families! Our daughter and our entire family loves The Arc Alliance.”

Sandy Katz, Parent

“All the training has been great!

I don’t know what we would have done without 

The Arc Alliance!”

Julie Gerhart-Rothholtz, Parent

The Arc Alliance is pleased to provide Staff with the following resources, publications, forms, and links to aid you in serving and supporting families in our community.

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