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About Play's goal is to provide quality early intervention services in South Carolina through our program that nurtures families in meeting their child's developmental needs. This blog contains articles related to this topic, and also provides parents who are looking for more information on this topic. Additionally, it provides those searching for careers in this area with details about a career as an early interventionist.

Are Early Intervention Services Free in SC?

February 3, 2023

Category: General Information

If your child has a developmental delay, early intervention is the best course of action. You might be wondering, “What is early intervention, and how can it help my child?” or “Are early intervention services free in SC?” We’re here to tell you everything you need to know.  Your Guide to Early Intervention in SC Developmental delays in infants and toddlers are more common than most people know. According to the CDC, one in six children from the ages of 3 years through 17 years has one or more developmental disabilities. Many of these delays can be addressed with suitable...

November 2022 Newsletter

January 30, 2023

Category: Newsletters

We are Hiring! We need energetic, creative, motivated and passion driven professionals with great time and organizational skill managements. Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in education, early childhood, social work, psychology, sociology, family & consumer science, or any related field At least one year of experience working with children birth to six years old Positions are available in the following counties: Charleston Kershaw Richland If you or someone you know is interested, visit our job application page at https://aboutplaysc.com/careers. For more info and questions, you may also email humanresources@aboutplaysc.com. Latest Posts Blog Categories Get In Touch

December 2022 Newsletter

January 30, 2023

Category: Newsletters

We are Hiring! We need energetic, creative, motivated and passion driven professionals with great time and organizational skill managements. Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in education, early childhood, social work, psychology, sociology, family & consumer science, or any related field At least one year of experience working with children birth to six years old Positions are available in the following counties: Charleston Kershaw Richland If you or someone you know is interested, visit our job application page at https://aboutplaysc.com/careers. For more info and questions, you may also email humanresources@aboutplaysc.com. Latest Posts Blog Categories Get In Touch

Signs of Hearing Loss in Infants & Toddlers

January 25, 2023

Category: General Information

Do you think your child might have hearing loss? The signs aren’t always obvious, so we’re here to help. We’ll explain what hearing loss is, the signs of hearing loss in infants and toddlers, and what you can do to make sure your child gets the support they need.  Hearing Loss in Infants and Toddlers Hearing loss can impact a child’s language development and social skills. The earlier the hearing loss is diagnosed, the sooner they can get the assistance they need and reach their full potential.  What Is Hearing Loss? Hearing loss is when any part of the ear...

Where to Find Children’s Special Needs Resources in South Carolina

January 9, 2023

Category: General Information

Are you the parent of a child with special needs, or do you suspect they might have a developmental delay? This can be challenging, and sometimes you might not know where to turn, but it’s important to know that you’re not alone. There are various South Carolina special needs resources to support your family. 5 South Carolina Special Needs Resources Throughout the state of South Carolina, there’s an array of programs and organizations designed to help families of children with developmental delays. Read on to discover five of the most helpful South Carolina special needs resources.  1. BabyNet BabyNet is...

Early Signs of Down Syndrome

December 22, 2022

Category: General Information

Wondering if your child might have a developmental delay can be scary. In some cases, Down syndrome can be detected before birth, but that’s not always the case. Let’s discuss the early signs of Down syndrome and how to best support your child.  What Is Down Syndrome? Down syndrome is a condition in which a person has an extra chromosome. Chromosomes are often described as small “packages” of genes inside the body. These chromosomes determine how a baby’s body forms and develops during pregnancy and after birth.  Typically, babies are born with 46 chromosomes. Babies born with Down syndrome have...

Developmental Milestones for Gross Motor Skills

December 12, 2022

Category: General Information

Gross motor skills are important markers for your child’s development. While every child develops differently, these general gross motor milestones can provide a helpful benchmark for you to determine how your child is progressing as they grow.  What Are Gross Motor Skills? Gross motor skills require whole-body movement and involve the body’s large, core-stabilizing muscles to perform everyday functions. The most common gross motor skills include standing, walking, running, jumping, and sitting upright. They also include hand-eye coordination skills, such as throwing and catching a ball, riding a bike, or swimming.  Gross Motor Milestones By Age Every baby is unique...

Language Development Activities for 2-3 Year Olds

November 28, 2022

Category: General Information

Language development is a key aspect of any child’s growth, and many parents worry that they could be the cause of their child’s speech delay. More often than not, that isn’t the case, though.  Did you know that regular speech and verbal activities can help your child develop their speaking ability and avoid language development delays? To put your mind at ease, we’ll show you five fun-filled, engaging language development activities for your 2-3 year old that you can implement in your daily routine to help them learn and grow.  What Is a Language Development Delay? First, let’s establish what...

October 2022 Newsletter

November 13, 2022

Category: Newsletters

EI Spotlight “Ashley has been with About Play since June 2022. Ashley goes above and beyond to provide quality service to her families. Ashley always has a fun and bright personality and the willingness to learn. Thank you, Ashley for all that you do!  We appreciate all that you bring to About Play and our upstate team!!!!” -Reg Dir Mitoya Child Spotlight “Larichas been nominated for About Play’s child spotlight for October. Larichas made great progress since coming to About Play. Laricloves to talk and show off his ring stacker to EI Annah. Laricis currently working on furthering his communication....

Developmental Milestones for Fine Motor Skills

November 10, 2022

Category: General Information

Important Fine Motor Milestones Your Child Should Be Meeting as They Grow If you’re a parent, you know how important it is for your child to hit their milestones, and you want them to hit them on time. While some milestones are easy to identify, such as rolling over or sitting up, fine motor skills milestones may be more challenging to spot in a growing child – especially infants.  Hitting fine motor milestones on time is crucial to your child’s future coordination and movement, but you need to know what you’re looking for. We’ll explain important fine motor milestones your...

September 2022 Newsletter

October 23, 2022

Category: Newsletters

EI Spotlight “Caitlin has been with About Play since February 2022 and has been such an asset to the team! She is dedicated to the families she serves and ensures that quality services are provided. Caitlin goes above and beyond to find helpful resources and services for her families. Caitlin consistently finds fun activities for her children to participate in and ensures that they are working on meeting their goals. Thank you for all that you do Caitlin! We appreciate all that you bring to About Play and our upstate team!!!!” -Reg Dir Beth Child Spotlight “Mariah has recently shown...

How Can You Get an Infant Massage Certification?

October 21, 2022

Category: General Information

Infant massage is an important service for any early interventionist. If you’re considering moving into the field, having your infant massage certification can help you stand out as a candidate. Here’s what you need to know about your CEIM/CIMI certification and how to get it.  What Is Infant Massage? As adults, massages are relaxing experiences that soothe our muscles and transport us to a state of relaxation. An infant massage is similar – it’s the process of rubbing an infant’s muscles and stroking the body in a manner specifically designed to keep babies relaxed and healthy.  Infant massage dates back...

What Causes Speech Delays in Toddlers?

October 13, 2022

Category: General Information

Some of the most common developmental delays parents feel they could have contributed to are speech and language delays. If you find yourself thinking, “Did I cause my child’s speech delay?” know that you are not alone.  In reality, there are many causes of developmental problems in young children. To put your mind at ease, we’ll dive into what causes speech delays in toddlers and what you can do to help.  Did I Cause My Child’s Speech Delay? When a child is having language problems, parents can jump to the conclusion that it’s their fault or that they could have...

Early Intervention for Premature Babies: What to Expect

September 22, 2022

Category: General Information

Premature babies or infants who have spent a lot of time in the NICU can be at risk for several developmental delays. Communication, cognitive, and motor skills can all be affected, so taking action as early as possible is essential. We know this process can be overwhelming, but early interventionists are here for you, and we want to help your child thrive. We’ll tell you about early intervention for premature babies and their amazing benefits.  Early Intervention Services for Premature Babies Early intervention services are designed to help families and young children with a developmental delay (or those who may...

When Should You Refer a Child Through BabyNet?

September 15, 2022

Category: Newsletters

In South Carolina, statewide early intervention services are available for babies and toddlers with developmental delays (or health conditions associated with developmental delays). This interagency early intervention system is called BabyNet.  Do you want to know when to refer a child to BabyNet? We’re here to help.  What is BabyNet? BabyNet is South Carolina’s interagency early intervention system. It assists infants and toddlers under three years old with developmental conditions or delays.  BabyNet will evaluate a child’s developmental progress at no cost to the family. If the child qualifies for early intervention, BabyNet will provide all the necessary services, resources,...

August 2022 Newsletter

September 8, 2022

Category: Newsletters

EI Spotlight “Raven has been with About Play since March of 2022 and has been a blessing to our families  She goes above and beyond to make sure that her children are provided with quality service, even making family notebooks with activities as an extension of her family training.   Raven provides creative activities and tools for her families to aid in children reaching their outcomes.  Her families are always excited to see her come each week.  Thank you , Raven for all that you do for the families and team members of About Play.  You are an About Play asset!!” -Reg Dir Felecia Child Spotlight...

8 Steps to Take If You Suspect Your Child Has a Developmental Delay

August 23, 2022

Category: General Information

During a child’s first stages of life, an immense amount of development takes place. When it comes to developmental timelines, each child will have a unique journey. One baby might start babbling at six months, while another might not start this stage until nine months.  While these differences are completely normal, ongoing developmental delays are more concerning. The good news is that there are many ways to help combat these situations. If you’re wondering how to help a child with a developmental delay, you’re in the right place.  How to Help a Child With a Developmental Delay If you think...

July 2022 Newsletter

August 13, 2022

Category: Newsletters

EI Spotlight “Caroline has been with About Play since August 2019 and has been such an asset to the team! She is dedicated to the families she serves and ensures that quality services are provided. Caroline goes above and beyond to find helpful resources and information for her families. Caroline consistently finds fun activities for her children to participate in and ensures that they are working on meeting their goals. Thank you for all that you do Caroline! We appreciate all that you bring to About Play and our community!!” -Reg Dir Jennifer Child Spotlight “Elias has improved tremendously with...

What Is the Best Age To Start Baby Massage on My Child?

August 11, 2022

Category: General Information

For adults, receiving a massage can be one of the most soothing and rejuvenating experiences out there. Did you know that babies can benefits from massages as well? Not only are baby massages relaxing, but they also offer a sense of comfort, safety, and more. Read on to discover the best time to start baby massage and what advantages it offers your child.  What is Baby Massage? A baby massage is just that – performing a massage on a baby, whether it be on the face, neck, abdomen, back, or belly. Many infants thrive with skin-to-skin contact, and massages are...

How Much Does Early Intervention Cost?

July 28, 2022

Category: General Information

BabyNet is South Carolina’s interagency early intervention system for children under 3 years old who may have developmental conditions or delays. They evaluate a child’s developmental progress at no cost to the family. If a child qualifies for early intervention, BabyNet provides the children and their families with the services, resources, and information they need to give the child the best possible care. While BabyNet is a great service, it can be overwhelming for anyone who is trying to get into the system for the first time. This blog is meant to provide you with all of the information you...

What Certifications Do I Need to Become an Early Intervention Specialist in South Carolina?

July 14, 2022

Category: General Information

An Early Intervention Specialist (EI) helps kids with developmental delays and disabilities learn, grow, and build fulfilling lives. EIs usually use games as a way to help the child master their speech, behavior issues, and other disabilities. They also work with the families to ensure they are getting everything they need. (Check out our blog What Does a Day in the Life of an Early Intervention Specialist Look LIke? for more info about an EI’s day-to-day.) EIs in South Carolina are often assigned to children through BabyNet, the state’s early intervention service. But what exactly does it take for someone...

June 2022 Newsletter

July 11, 2022

Category: Newsletters

EI Spotlight “Lauren has been with About Play for about 10 months and has been such an asset to our team. She does such an awesome job ensuring each visit with her kiddos are creative and fun! Lauren is passionate about what she does and the services she provides to her kiddos and families! Thank you Lauren, we appreciate all that you bring to About Play and our community!!’ -Reg Dir MiToya Child Spotlight “Espn is a super cool kid that has shown a lot of progress since he started in March of 2021. He is now able to communicate...

Early Intervention for Speech: What to Expect

June 28, 2022

Category: General Information

Early childhood is an important time for any child. They are growing, learning new things, and developing new skills. But not all children develop skills at the same time or at the same level. Sometimes they need help and that’s where early intervention can come in. While there are many types of early intervention, speech is a common one that many parents worry about.  If you suspect your child is struggling with their speech, early intervention services may be just what your child needs. How To Know If Your Child Needs Early Intervention For Speech It can be difficult knowing...

Determining BabyNet Eligibility

June 20, 2022

Category: General Information

BabyNet is the interagency early intervention system in South Carolina. It’s meant for infants and toddlers under the age of three who have developmental delays or a health condition where developmental delays are one of the symptoms. The eligibility requirements for BabyNet are pretty simple but it’s important to know what they are before you apply.  BabyNet Eligibility Requirements To be eligible for BabyNet, your child needs to be under 36 months of age and have a history that indicates they are at risk for a developmental disability or are already showing signs of a developmental disability. To determine eligibility,...

May 2022 Newsletter

June 1, 2022

Category: Newsletters

EI Spotlight “We are glad to have Parker as part of our About Play team. She is dedicated in providing quality services to our children and their families. Parker shows passion while working with children and creates her own activities to ensure they are developing and meeting their goals. Thank you Parker, we appreciate all that you bring to About Play and our community!” -Reg Dir Beth Child Spotlight “Zeke was unable to communicate when I first started with him. However, now he is able to express his wants and needs verbally, name colors, objects, and use two-word phrases. Zeke...

Everything You Need to Know About the BabyNet Referral Process

May 27, 2022

Category: General Information

BabyNet is South Carolina’s interagency early intervention system for children under 3 years old who may have developmental conditions or delays. They evaluate a child’s developmental progress at no cost to the family. If a child qualifies for early intervention, BabyNet provides the children and their families with the services, resources, and information they need to give the child the best possible care. While BabyNet is a great service, it can be overwhelming for anyone who is trying to get into the system for the first time. This blog is meant to provide you with all of the information you...

What is an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)?

May 16, 2022

Category: General Information

The term Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) may bring many things to mind, but what exactly is an IFSP? When a child is 0-3 years old and found eligible for early intervention services, a team of professionals and parents meet together to develop an Individualized Family Service Plan. The IFSP is both the process of making the plan and the actual document. This written plan describes what the child’s current situation is, what services will be provided to the child and their family, who will provide the services, and where the services will be provided. But how do you start...

April 2022 Newsletter

May 1, 2022

Category: Newsletters

EI Spotlight “Bethany has been a great asset to our team since she joined About Play 6 months ago. She has gone above and beyond to provide quality services to the families she serves and creates beneficial visits for each of her children. Bethany’s families appreciate her effort and are happy to see her each week. Thank you, Bethany, for continuously striving to achieve the best services possible for your children and families, they and About Play appreciates you! Thank you for all your hard work and for all that you do!” -Reg Dir Jennifer Child Spotlight “Vermont was unable...

Developmental Milestones for 6-12 Months

April 21, 2022

Category: General Information

The second half of your child’s first year can be just as important as the first. There are certain milestones you’ll want to look out for to see how they are developing. Remember that every child develops differently – it’s not uncommon for a child to miss one or two of these milestones, and most will pick them up in the next month or two. But, if you’re worried that your child isn’t meeting these developmental milestones, an early intervention evaluation can help, even if it’s simply to give you peace of mind that they are developing as they should....

5 Great Career Change Ideas for Teachers

April 12, 2022

Category: General Information

Teaching is a necessary and very rewarding career, but it can lead to burnout very easily, especially when you don’t have all the resources you need. If you’re looking for a career change and still want to work with children or use the knowledge you picked up as a teacher, there are a few career change ideas that just might suit you. 01. Jobs In Your Area of Expertise One of the easiest ways to transition from teaching into a new career is to look for jobs that are in your area of expertise.  If you were a math teacher,...