At Alpha & Omega our evaluations team is comprised of a multidisciplinary team who are able to assess the five areas of development, as well as the area(s) of concern for children referred to our Early Intervention Program. Our team of evaluators, in conjunction with the family, will ensure they have a complete clinical picture of the child by assessing cognition, language, daily living, motor, and social emotional skills. The team also ensures that the evaluation of the child’s physical development includes a health assessment. The health assessment is comprised of a physical examination, routine vision and hearing screening, and where appropriate, a neurological assessment.
Our Speech Pathologists are professionals and fully accredited to work with the children on oral-motor and speech & language delays. Early speech and language skills building are provided in natural environments, which offer realistic and authentic learning experiences and promote successful communication with caregivers and promote generalization of newly mastered behaviors to natural, everyday situations.
Having a baby or child who does not feed or eat well is a worrisome, frustrating, confusing and at times, medically concerning problem. We specialize in assessing and treating all of the reasons why infants and children won’t eat. Our focus is on helping you as parents teach your child to eat a wide variety of nutritious foods in order to support their best growth.
Our Physical therapists will work on the child’s gross motor skills facilitating walking, crawling, and ambulating while utilizing a variety of modalities and techniques that will allow the child to attain their functional goals and objectives. Physical therapists use interventions to help individuals move, reduce pain, restore function, prevent disability, and promote wellness and participation.
Our occupational therapists and Certified Occupational Therapists Assistants will facilitate fine motor skills, sensory integration, and facilitating the use of the smaller muscles in order to help the child attain their functional goals. Our OT’s will also work on the introduction of different textures. For children with developmental delays occupational therapy can help enhance development, minimize the potential for developmental delay, and help families to meet the special needs of their infants and toddlers.
A Social Worker can provide complete family assessments and referrals to appropriate Early Intervention and other services. He or she also acts as a liaison between the family and Early Intervention Therapists, or between family, therapists, and other health, mental health, and social services providers. In this way a Social Worker helps ensure a comprehensive, family-centered approach to Early Intervention. Our social workers will help children and families to facilitate resources, family training, group training. Our trained Social workers will assist in the identification of the family’s concerns, priorities, and resources.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a collection of scientific, evidence-based techniques that behavior analysts can use to help children with autism overcome their challenges. Our ABA Early Intervention Program is an intensive program for families of young children with autism spectrum disorder. This therapy is proven to help kids with autism spectrum disorder learn new skills to increase positive behaviors (like communicating and interacting with others) and reduce challenging behaviors (like tantrums).Our ABA therapists utilize this scientific approach of behavioral analysis to identify and work with the child on redirecting unwanted behaviors.
The Service Coordinator is typically the first person the family meets to explain due process, the Early Intervention Program, services, and the rights of the family in participating in the EI process. Service coordination is one of the most important aspects of Early Intervention. Service Coordinators are advocates/case managers who will follow all the steps in identifying the concerns, priorities, and resources for the child/family unit. Our Service Coordinators are highly trained to be the liaison between the family, child, the municipality, and the clinicians assigned to the child. Our Service Coordinators facilitate the family in making informed decisions for their children’s service and participation in the Early Intervention Program.
Family support services are any services or supports provided by an early intervention provider to help families as they learn about their child’s delays, learn how to care for their child with a disability or how to handle having a child with a disability.
Family support services may include:
One family member or the entire family can meet with a qualified early intervention provider who can help family members to talk about their feelings about their child’s delays and its impact on the family.
Social workers can help with counseling; they can also help families with some of the nuts and bolts of raising a child with a disability. A social worker can help a family to identify other financial supports, other programs that can help the family beyond early intervention or programs to help cover additional medical costs.
Parent /Caregiver Workshops help parents of young children with developmental delays become involved in the Early Intervention Program. The training sessions will provide information, resources, and skill-building activities designed to increase parent advocacy and leadership skills.
Family training can be about specific services. If your child receives a lot of services from many different early intervention providers or if your child receives services at a place or time when you are not available to attend the session, you may have family training sessions so that you can meet with your team.
At a support group you can meet with other families—either families with children enrolled in early intervention who live in your community or families with children with the same or similar disability as your own. At a support group there is usually an early intervention provider who attends the meeting and can help answer questions or invite special guests to talk about key concerns (like toilet training, tantrums, and transition).