Special Instruction for Families

Helping Children and Their Families Grow With Early Intervention Special Instruction

More often than not, early intervention isn’t just about the child. Here at About Play, we understand that your whole family can be affected in one way or another by a child's developmental delay. Early intervention special instruction for families takes these needs into account. 

About Play is proud to offer special instruction services for families. We’ll take the whole family’s needs into consideration and provide you with the resources you need to take care of your child in the best way possible.

What Is Special Instruction for Families?

So, you might be wondering, “What is special instruction for families?” We’ll break it down for you. 

During early intervention special instruction, experienced instructors will use their knowledge of early childhood development to work with children with developmental delays and their families. Their goal is to equip families with the skills to help their child reach their maximum potential, so they can grow, develop, learn, and participate in everyday activities. 

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. Others  therapists focus on speech therapy, physical therapy, and other types of services based on the child's and family's needs.

Early Intervention Special Instruction at About Play

About Play provides 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.

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.  

Would My Family Benefit From Special Instruction?

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 

How Can Special Instruction for Families Benefit a Child?

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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

What Does Special Instruction for Families Look Like?

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.
About Play Is Here To Help Your Child and Family

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. 

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 teaching how to hold a child to support feedings. Learn more about Special Instruction for Families >>

Service Coordination (case management)

Example: developing a plan (IFSP) to pull services together for the family. Learn more about Service Coordination services >>

Early Intervention Evaluations

Example: checking for behavior problems, or specific therapies. Learn more about Early Intervention Evaluation services >>

Speech Services

Example: finding out why a child does not talk. Learn more about Speech Therapy services >>

Infant Massage

Example: Reduce stress for both the parent and child through infant massage. Learn more about Infant Massage >>

Physical Therapy

Example: working to improve a child’s movement to explore their environment independently. Learn more about Physical Therapy Services >>

Occupational Therapy

Example: teaching a child to use a spoon. Learn more about Occupational Therapy >>

Support Groups

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

Hearing Services

Example: fitting a hearing device. Learn more about Hearing Services >>

Vision Services

Example: prescribing glasses. Learn more about Vision Services >>

Nursing Services

Example: tube feeding or bandage changing. Learn more about Nursing Services >>

Nutrition Services

Example: special diets or referral to a nutritionist. Learn more about Nutrition Services >>