Family Training and Special Instruction in South Carolina


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What is Family Training and Special Instruction?

Family training, sometimes called “special instruction,” is one of many Early Intervention services available in South Carolina. It is provided in the child’s home or daycare with their Early Interventionist (EI). The EI works with the family through play and everyday routines to promote the child reaching his or her developmental milestones.


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We help infants & toddlers ages 0-5 in South Carolina with developmental delays or disabilities.

Family training, which is sometimes called special instruction, is one of many Early Intervention services available for families in South Carolina. It’s for infants and toddlers from birth to five years who seem to be progressing slowly in any of these key child development milestones:
  • Learning to Walk
  • Learning to Listen and Talk
  • Height & Weight
  • Getting Along With Others
  • Learning How to Think
  • Doing Things on Their Own
Talk to your child’s pediatrician or contact us.
Our Early Intervention services might be available for you at no cost through a South Carolina state funding program called BabyNet or through DDSN, but you must first be screened, eligible and approved.


Your E.I. will become your biggest coach and cheerleader

The Early Interventionist you get matched with will work with you to identify your child’s developmental needs. They’ll visit your home to provide teaching and training to help your child develop through play and everyday routines. They’ll also connect you with other valuable resources in SC. To work with us, just tell your initial screener at BabyNet or DDSN, “I want to work with About Play.”

Is my family eligible to receive Family Training and Special Instruction in South Carolina?

To receive family training and special instruction in South Carolina, you must be eligible for Early Intervention services. To get started, you must go through a formal referral process and determine whether your child and your family are eligible through BabyNet or DDSN. If you are eligible, these programs will help cover the cost of your services.

Family Training and Special Instruction provided by About Play Early Intervention

About Play is an Early Intervention provider in South Carolina, so we provide family training and special instruction as part of our well-rounded collection of early intervention services. This includes an early intervention specialist visiting your home to work one-on-one with you and your child on their developmental skills. The goal is to help the members of your child’s inner circle better understand their developmental delay or disability and the unique needs that come along with it.
During family training, we’ll focus on promoting caregiver-child interactions and showing families how to use strategies to enhance their child’s learning opportunities. We’ll use the child’s everyday environment and activities to promote developmental areas, including cognitive, social interaction, behavior, and attention.

Instructors can focus on specific areas depending on your child’s developmental delay. Some specialize in vision, hearing loss, autism, or Down Syndrome for example. Other therapists focus on speech therapy, physical therapy, and other types of services based on the child’s and family’s needs. By equipping you with the skills you need to succeed, you and your family can enhance your child’s learning environment and help them grow – even when you’re not in a therapy session.

Do you think your child and family would benefit from early intervention special instruction? We’re here for you! The About Play team has a number of special instructors on staff to support your family in the ways that are most beneficial for you. Contact us today to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Now that we’ve gone over what early intervention special instruction for families is, we’ll list a few specific examples of what it might look like in your life. 

  • Special instruction can teach family members to communicate through sign language if your child struggles with speech or hearing.
  • If your child isn’t developing trusting relationships, special instruction can teach family members and new community members how to interact in a non-invasive, calming way.
  • If your child isn’t adapting to changes in their daily routine, special instruction can show families unique ways to create schedules and introduce new tasks in non-threatening ways

Are you wondering if your child or family will benefit from special instruction? If your child is experiencing the following troubles, you might be a good candidate:

  • Learning new skills in the home, childcare, or school setting
  • Adapting to changes in daily routines
  • Applying learned skills to their natural environment
  • Communicating effectively with family members, caregivers, and peers
  • Developing age-appropriate play skills
  • Developing self-control and self-regulation
  • Developing trusting relationships

Special instruction for families provides numerous benefits for your child, both in the long and short term.

  • Access to resources, support, and information
  • Improved relationships
  • Better management of behavior
  • Laying the foundation for success in school
  • Having fun while learning

If you live in South Carolina and think your infant or child is experiencing developmental delays, we can help.