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!
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 Speech, Motor 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)
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 email@example.com 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 – firstname.lastname@example.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
Direct Support Professionals play a critical role for individuals with disabilities and their families. In many cases these staff become almost as close as family. The Arc Alliance [...]
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
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
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
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