Early Intervention services are provided in the home to children who are under
18 months of age or are too medically fragile to be around other children.
Services are usually provided once or twice a week, or once or twice a month, depending
on the individual needs of the child and family. After being referred to the AIM
program, your child’s teacher will contact you to set up the first visit. Home visits
generally last about an hour.
- Communicate their needs, concerns about their child and any change in family routine
- Participate in the home visit sessions with your child and teacher. Parent/caregiver
participation, education and follow through are vital components of the Home Program
- Please keep scheduled appointments. AIM personnel and the AIM program are only paid
for the visits that are actually made.
- Please update your teacher concerning medical treatments, events and concerns.
During the first visit your teacher will become acquainted with
you and your child, and take some time to find out your concerns. Over the first
few weeks of visits they will help you to develop specific goals for you and your
child to achieve, and provide play based learning strategies and activities. In most
cases, teachers will bring their own materials and toys to your home for home visits.
During the home visit the teacher will help you identify your child’s strengths
and interests so that you can maximize his/her learning opportunities. She will
recommend ways to incorporate developmental play activities into your child’s daily
routines so that you can enhance your child’s development. You will also learn how
your child’s special needs may affect their ability to react and respond to their
environment. In addition, at your request, your child’s teacher may accompany you
to your child’s doctor’s visits, share information with daycare providers and provide
information and additional resources.
Along with your child’s teacher/Early Interventionist, other specialists may work
with your child as well, as part of a multi-disciplinary team. This team consists
- Special Education teacher/Early Interventionist
- Occupational Therapist
- Physical Therapist
- Speech Therapist
- Social Worker
All members of the team have specialized knowledge about child development (the
way babies and toddlers grow and learn).
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