Services

What We Do

About Play Provides Early Intervention Services in South Carolina throughout 15 Counties

About Play provides early intervention services in South Carolina. These services include Family Training and Service Coordination to children and families in the following counties: York, Chester, Lancaster, Fairfield, Richland, Lexington, Newberry, Union, Kershaw, Sumter, Lee, Darlington, Florence, Marion, and Dillon.

South Carolina Early Intervention Program

We work with infants and children birth to six years of age who are eligible through BabyNet or DDSN.

Family Training is provided in the family’s home or daycare with their About Play Early Interventionist (EI). The EI works with the family and caregivers to teach their child through play and everyday routines.

During the first years, children are learning through play to master skills and solve everyday problems. Some important play skills include cause & effect, imitation, how things fit together, and symbolic learning.

About Play home visits will focus on activities with your infant or child during everyday routines. These activities promote your child’s social-emotional, communication, motor skills, adaptive, and cognitive development. Our EIs assist families in accessing available community resources such as respite care, Summer support services, therapy services, autism services, nursing, audiology, and assistive technology.

Types of Early Intervention Services

We provide the following types of Early Intervention Services:

  • Special Instruction/Family Training

    Example: teaching developmental skills such as sign language or how to hold a child during feedings.

  • Service Coordination (case management)

    Example: developing a plan (IFSP/FSP) to pull services together for the family.

  • Support Groups

    Example: helping find support through community resources such as Family Connections.

  • Physical Therapy

    Example: working to improve a child’s movement to explore their environment independently.

  • Occupational Therapy

    Example: teaching a child to use a spoon.

  • Evaluations

    Example: checking for behavior problems, or specific therapies.

  • Hearing Services

    Example: fitting a hearing device.

  • Speech Services

    Example: finding out why a child does not talk.

  • Vision Services

    Example: prescribing glasses.

  • Nursing Services

    Example: tube feeding or bandage changing.

  • Nutrition Services

    Example: special diets or referral to a nutritionist.

Who is Eligible?

Infants and toddlers from birth to six years may be eligible for BabyNet or DDSN services if they are developing more slowly in any of the following ways:

  • Learning to Walk
  • Learning to Listen and Talk
  • Height & Weight
  • Getting Along With Others
  • Learning How to Think
  • Doing Things on Their Own

Some developmental skills you should see with your child include…

From birth to 6 months:

  • Responds to your voice & other sounds
  • Begins play with rattles
  • Pushes head & chest off floor when on tummy
  • Rolls over from tummy to her back
  • Sits without support for a short time
  • Molds & relaxes when held
  • Enjoys play with others

From 7 to 12 months:

  • Plays with one toy for 2-3 minutes
  • Takes objects out of containers
  • Crawl on hands and knees
  • Pulls to stand
  • Waves bye-bye
  • Responds to simple words or requests
  • Says “mama,” “dada”, and “uh-oh”

From 12-18 months:

  • Point with index finger to show you something
  • Walk without help
  • Can identify one body part
  • Uses 10-15 words spontaneously
  • Touches pictures when looking at them
  • Brings item from another room when asked

From 18-24 months:

  • Follow simple directions
  • Use 2 to 3 word phrases
  • Match sounds to pictures of animals
  • Pick up toy from floor without falling
  • Kick a ball
  • Use own name to refer to self

From 2 to 3 years old:

  • Use 4 to 5 word sentences
  • Sing phrases of songs
  • Copy what you say and do
  • Play make believe
  • Ride a tricycle
  • Jump with both feet off the floor
  • Hold and color with crayon

Remember: The earlier a child receives services, the better!