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Early Childhood Intervention

Maximizing Basic Learning Skills

Aveanna’s Developmental Services offers intensive early intervention (EI) services for children from birth to age five. We focus on communication using ABA and Verbal Behavior principles, preschool and learning readiness, and reduction of problematic behaviors. We provide families a cohesive system of in-home or pre-school education and behavior management to maximize basic learner skills and facilitate progress.

How Does It Work?

Our Early Intervention Program follows state and federal regulations for services to eligible children and their families. The process begins with a referral to the Local Lead Agency, which schedules an eligibility evaluation for entrance into the program within 45 calendar days of referral. If eligible, the team, including the child’s family, develops an Individualized Family Service Plan, which specifies child and family outcomes and service provisions. This tailored plan of ongoing treatment sessions helps ensure that each child reaches his or her maximum potential.

All therapy sessions occur in the child’s natural environments, which is a critical component in his or her future success.

Our specialists can work with your family to provide very necessary services and assistance including:

  • Education and family support to help children reach their developmental milestones
  • Coaching model of intervention
  • Continuing post-hospitalization and/or surgery therapy services
  • Integrated support with transition services to schools and community

These early childhood special education services enable children to improve:

  • Self-direction
  • Concept development
  • Attention and memory
  • Communication skills
  • Social and emotional skills
  • Problem solving
  • Pre-academic skills
  • Physical and fine motor development
  • Important Developmental Milestones for Children

The first three years of life are crucial — and more so for a child with physical, sensory, or cognitive/communication developmental disabilities. It is imperative that these children receive the intervention they need to progress through developmental milestones and reach their fullest potential physically, emotionally, cognitively, and socially. Our mission is to provide families of these children with the strategies and skills necessary to maximize their child’s development. At Aveanna, we believe all things are possible!

If your child is struggling, call Aveanna Developmental Services today, and reference our key developmental milestones below to assess whether or not your child could use our services.

  • Follows moving toys or faces with eyes
  • Lifts or raises head from surface when lying on tummy
  • Responds to loud noises
  • Makes sounds like cooing, gurgling, sighing, and grunting
  • Cries differently for different needs
  • Reaches or grasps toys, rattles, or hair

  • Turns head and moves eyes to voices or sounds
  • Rolls over front-to-back and back-to-front
  • Babbles, squeals, and makes speech-like sounds
  • Pays attention to music; notices toys that make sounds
  • Holds toys, puts toys in mouth, and helps hold the bottle during feedings

  • Moves toys from one hand to the other hand
  • Sits unassisted for five minutes
  • Copies sounds or gestures
  • Responds to name
  • Likes to play peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake
  • Starts to crawl by pulling self-up and kicking legs
  • Can request basic needs through gestures

  • Recognizes common words (cup, juice, shoe)
  • Says one or two words (bye-bye, mama, dada)
  • Grabs small objects with thumb and index finger
  • Removes socks and cooperates with dressing
  • Crawls, pulls up on furniture, and takes some steps without assistance
  • Responds to simple requests (Come here.)

  • Requests basic wants and needs with one or two words
  • Uses some two-word questions (Where kitty? Go bye-bye? What’s that?)
  • Points to some body parts when asked, points to pictures in a book when named
  • Follows simple commands (roll the ball, kiss the baby)
  • Walks alone without assistance, keeps balance when stepping off objects
  • Throws a small ball, scribbles on paper, and uses spoon with some success

  • Can use two words to request
  • Can “fill in the blank” to familiar songs
  • Walks, jumps with both feet, and better at running
  • Kicks and throws a ball
  • Walks up and down steps with alternate feet while holding someone’s hand
  • Uses two- or three-word sentences to talk about or ask for things
  • Speech is understood by familiar listeners most of the time
  • Follows two-step directions (Get the book and put it on the table.)
  • Answers simple questions

  • Hears you when you call from another room
  • Understands simple questions (who, what, where, why)
  • Talks about activities at school or at friends’ homes
  • Uses sentences that have four or more words
  • Will request or protest activities from peers
  • Talks easily without repeating sounds and outside people understand
  • Cuts paper into two pieces, traces lines, unbuttons buttons
  • Pedals and steers tricycle

  • Pays attention to a short story and answers questions about it
  • Hears and understands most of what is said at home and school
  • Uses sentences that give more detail
  • Tells stories and sticks to topic
  • Communicates easily with other children and adults
  • Learning to ride a two-wheeled bicycle
  • Skips, runs, gallops, and stops
  • Has friends and a social group at school, neighborhood, outside activities
  • Chooses own clothing, makes a sandwich, assists with household chores

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