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Wouldn't it be great if babies came with instruction manuals? This would be especially helpful if you have concerns about how your child is or should be developing. Take comfort. Early Intervention services can help!

Early intervention provide in-home support to families with children birth to three who are demonstrating developmental delays, atypical development, or who have a medical diagnosis of a condition which is likely to result in a developmental delay, like Down syndrome or Autism).

Since parents teach their children daily, they can make the biggest difference in their child's development. Early intervention provides the support and resources to assist family members and caregivers in the child's learning and development. The services are performed in the child's natural environments, like at home or in daycare, in order to help the child be active and successful now and in the future.

All plans are custom and parent-driven to support the family's preferences, learning styles and cultural beliefs. In most cases, a primary provider who represents a team of professionals works with the family and child on a consistent basis. Providers include service coordinators and developmental services providers, as well as speech, occupational, and physical therapists. Initial assessment, eligibility determination, service coordination and Individualized Family Services Plan meetings are provided at no-cost to families. Other services may be reimbursable by insurance. Families in the program pay fees based upon their ability to pay and no one is denied service due to an inability to pay. If you have concerns about your child's development, please call your local Early Intervention providers.

Parent Education – Infant Development Program
Infant & Toddler Connection of the Rappahannock Area
Rappahannock Area Community Services Board
700 Kenmore Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

May is recognized as Early Intervention Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia provides early intervention services for the more than 13,000 infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities, and their families throughout the Commonwealth.

Brandie Williams is the Early Intervention Coordinator at the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board

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Pouches' Community Corner

This month Pouches learned about a very important resource for families who have lost loved ones to sudden tragedy, an organization called LLOST.

keepsake box

The foundation has helped 44 hospitals in 22 states through their Treasured Memories program. The program sends nurses to bereavement training, and provides or supplements the $55 memory boxes that include clothes, booties, handknot blankets, pictures, foot prints, hand prints, clipped hair and other mementos.