RACSB Staff Member Receives 2008 Early Interventionist of the Year Award

June 2, 2008

Fredericksburg, Virginia - The Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) is pleased to announce that Mary DiSalvo, Parent Education - Infant Development (PE-ID) Program Physical Therapist, has received the 2008 Virginia Early Interventionist of the Year Award, presented by the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia. The honor was announced at the sixth annual Early Intervention Conference held in Roanoke on May 1, 2008.

The Early Interventionist of the Year Award recognizes individuals in Virginia who have provided exemplary supports and services on behalf of families with young children eligible for Part C services.

DiSalvo has worked as a physical therapist for 32 years, 18 of which have been for the PE-ID program. She works with families of infants who are at risk for developmental delay to integrate activities into their daily routines to help the children develop to the best of their abilities. DiSalvo works hard to help families meet their needs, whether through her own services or through referrals.

In their nomination, co-workers noted that DiSalvo is always willing to go the extra mile to serve her families, and that she continues to pursue all the education and experience possible
“No matter how challenging a situation she faces with a family, she stays with them until they can help themselves,” the nomination reads. “This approach increases parents’ feelings of competency, leads to meaningful changes in the child’s development, and uses public resources efficiently.”

The Parent Education - Infant Development (PE-ID) Program is an Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers with developmental delays aged birth to 36 months who live in the City of Fredericksburg or 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. Services can be provided at home or daycare. PE-ID is operated by RACSB.

PE-ID 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. The program believes all children have the right to realize their full potential. The purpose of the program is to provide help to parents of infants with developmental delays so further problems can be avoided and delays minimized.

For a free evaluation or to learn more, call 540- 372-3561 or toll-free 1-877-268-4169.

Founded in 1970, the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) provides 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 seven mental retardation group homes providing 24-hour intensive and structured support. RACSB also offers mental health day support and residential services. 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, and Healthy Families – Rappahannock Area. To learn more, visit www.racsb.state.va.us.

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