Early Intervention (EI) helps children and toddlers, birth to age 3, with disabilities or delays, or is at risk for delays, in their learning and development. It supports families through education and family services to help their children and families reach their potential. LifeROOTS Early Intervention support and services are designed to meet the full range of developmental needs of each child according to their strengths and needs. Our Early Intervention program builds upon the natural learning opportunities that occur within the daily routines of a child and their family. Early Intervention services are FREE to the family and funded by the State of New Mexico.At LifeROOTS, families and staff work as a team to develop a plan outlining services for the child and family. Most services are provided in the home or community to help children learn the basic skills that are a part of their family’s daily routines.
LifeROOTS Support and Services for children include:
- Screenings and assessments, including hearing, vision and M-CHAT-R/F Autism Screen
- Developmental Evaluations
- Developmental services
- Physical, occupational, speech and language therapy
- Activities to develop learning skills
- Activities to help social and emotional development
- Transition into school or other services as needed at age 3 or when graduating from the program
- Nutritional services
- Supporting child care or preschool teachers of enrolled children
- Educational Play Group for children ages 2-3
LifeROOTS Services for families include:
- Education and family counseling
- Coordination of needed social and health services
- Access to support groups
- Love and Logic classes for parents
LifeROOTS Early Intervention promotes a philosophy that supports:
- Services and resources for children that enhance daily opportunities for learning provided in the childs natural environment
- Families’ independence and competencies.
- Respect of families’ strengths, values and diversity.
- Collaboration among parents, service providers and other important people in the child’s life to enhance the child’s development and support the needs of the family.
- Therapies and education in everyday routines, activities and places relevant to real- world family lives.
Family Service Coordination
These specialists assist your family in creating an individual plan tailored to your child’s and family’s needs. They also can connect you with a wide range of family centered services, resources and support in the local community. Our family service coordinators assist families with transition into preschool programs.
Evaluations and Assessments
Our experts will complete an evaluation to identify strengths and needs for each child, covering social, cognitive, speech/language, motor, sensory, and adaptive development. Recommendations will be made for implementation of services.
- A team-oriented staff that is experienced, caring, family focused and dedicated.
- Options based on individual family needs.
- Therapy integrated into daily routines for the child’s benefit.
- Support in child transition to other programs.
- State-of-the-art hearing screening equipment.
- Collaboration with other community early childhood programs.
- Special therapeutic equipment available for loan to families.
- Sensory integration therapy on site.
- Hands-on assistance for families in applying for social services.