Early intervention is just that: Education and therapy that should begin early and immediately after birth or upon the diagnosis of a child's disability. A 3-6 month waiting list is an eternity to a newborn. ICEC immediately 'steps up' and provides programs for the entire family: Parents, siblings, and the special needs infants/toddlers. Our goal is to put the 'Early' back into 'Early Intervention' and eliminate any delays in providing therapy to the children.
The Ounce of Prevention Program provides developmental assessments that justify the needed services to insurance providers and obtain approval for state funded programs for these children. ICEC provides direct group and individual therapy programs for infants/toddlers, counseling, respite care and educational programs for parents, and sibling care programs for brothers/sisters while the parents are participating in group early intervention programs.
Today more children are diagnosed with a disability such as Autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, or are afflicted by prenatal drug/alcohol exposure than all pediatric cancer, diabetes, and Aids combined. For every $1 spent on early intervention, $10 is saved in future public educational costs. High quality early intervention programs for vulnerable infants/toddlers can reduce the incidence of future problems in their learning, behavior and health status.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).
The Importance of Early Intervention for Infants