90 Toddlers Graduate from Parent Education - Infant Development Program

September 6, 2007

Fredericksburg, Virginia – 90 toddlers graduated from the Parent Education - Infant Development Program (PE-ID), a program of the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB). On August 22, 2007, 32 graduates and their families attended the 28th annual graduation ceremony held at the Salem Church Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library in Fredericksburg.

The PE-ID program works with infants and toddlers with developmental delays aged birth to 36 months who live in the City of Fredericksburg and the Counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford. The program provides physical, occupational, and speech therapies, as well as special education and service coordination to more than 350 infants and their families each year. Following graduation from the PE-ID program, children requiring additional services are transitioned into home, school, or community-based programs.

Children are referred for evaluation when a developmental delay is suspected in the areas of language, motor skills, cognitive development, or social or self-help skills. PE-ID staff works together in teams to conduct a multi-disciplinary assessment of each child. Services are provided in the child’s natural environment which includes the home and daycare. An emphasis is placed on parent training and activities that will support the child’s development and meet identified goals.

Early Intervention evolved from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) which originally provided services for children ages three to 21 with developmental delays or disabilities and later expanded to include children from birth to age three.
Evaluations and assessments are provided at no cost. Therapy services are billable to medical insurance including Medicaid. Fees are based on a sliding scale and no one is denied service due to an inability to pay.

The PE-ID program is the service provider for the Infant & Toddler Connection of the Rappahannock Area, part of Virginia’s outreach program to increase awareness of early intervention services throughout the state.

Founded in 1970, the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) provides public mental health, mental retardation, substance abuse, and prevention/early intervention services to the residents of the City of Fredericksburg and the Counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford. RACSB operates six outpatient clinics which provide individual, group and family therapy; specialized counseling and case management services; psychological assessment; 24-hour crisis intervention; and medication management services. RACSB operates eight mental retardation group homes providing 24-hour intensive and structured support. RACSB also offers mental health day support, residential services, and crisis stabilization. The Parent-Education – Infant Development Program provides physical, occupational, and speech therapies as well as special education and service coordination to infants and toddlers with developmental delays. Programs of RACSB include Rappahannock Adult Activities, Inc., Project LINK, Program for Teen Parents, Rappahannock Area Kids on the Block, DARE To Be You, and Healthy Families – Rappahannock Area. To learn more, visit www.racsb.state.va.us.

 

 
 


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