Early Intervention Services
From Birth to Age 3
Early Intervention offers coordinated services to infants and toddlers birth to age three who have developmental delays and disabilities. Parents play a key role in helping the early intervention team understand the strengths of their child, their dreams for their child, and where their child will receive the support needed. The Children’s Center is an agency contracted by the Western Tidewater Community Services Board to offer these services in Suffolk, Franklin, Isle of Wight County, and Southampton County.
Cost & Location
Some services offered through early intervention are at no cost to the family. For services in which there is a charge, families are placed on an ability to pay scale. In early intervention, no family is denied service due to an inability to pay. Services are provided in a child’s natural environment such as the home or in a childcare setting in harmony with the child’s daily routine.
Some services include:
- Service Coordination
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Developmental Services
- Vision Services
Referral & Eligibility
Referrals may come from anyone! The early intervention program will contact the family and give them the information needed to make decisions on what choices are available for their child. The medical community is always involved in a child’s care in early intervention. Evaluation is offered at no cost to the family. Virginia has established a telephone number to link families to an early intervention program anywhere in the United States. Known as the Infant and Toddler Connection of Virginia, the number is 1-800-234-1448.
Pediatric Therapy & Developmental Services
From Birth to Age 21
The Children’s Center offers pediatric therapy to infants through age 21. The Virginia Department of Health licenses the Children’s Center to provide these services within the state. The Children’s Center also offers services to support families and care givers to meet the unique developmental needs of children. Staff works collaboratively with families and childcare providers to better understand how to help a child develop age-appropriately.
For example, speech therapy focuses on the development of language skills and feeding and swallowing abilities. Language skills include speech development, voice disorders, and voice articulation. Speech therapy also teaches sign language to children who are hearing impaired. Children with feeding and swallowing disorders resulting from illness, injury, or congenital anomaly benefit from speech therapy as well.
Referral & Eligibility
The Children’s Center requires physician referrals for most therapy services, although initial screenings may be requested by a parent. Therapy is recommended based on the individual needs of the child. The Children’s Center offers therapy at each location, in homes, and in area schools.