Early intervention is a partnership between families and caring professionals working together to encourage natural learning which occurs during the early months and years of a child’s life. Services offered include developmental screenings and assessments, behavior management, home-based and community-based programs, family group activities, transportation and transition into the school system.
The PDI Early Intervention Program serves children birth to three (3) years with a range of special needs.
PDI also operates the Kids Depot, a fully integrated preschool center that was established in 1999. The center allows us the unique opportunity to serve children with developmental delays in a natural environment and better prepare these children for life in the mainstream.
Home Based Program:
- Teacher to child ratio 1:1
- Children are seen in their home 1 time a week for 1 hour
- Focus on teaching the family how to work with the child
- As the child progresses they can move up to center-based if appropriate
Community Based Program:
- We see the children at different daycares in the area
- Focus on working with the children and provide the child caregiver with information on how best to serve the child
Who do we Serve?
- Children birth-3 years with a range of special needs from speech delayed to multi-disabled
- Eligibility-Delay of 20% in at least one of the following areas:
- We receive the majority of our referrals from the Tennessee Early Intervention Services. We also receive referrals from physicians and parents.
Special Needs that Qualify a Child:
- Premature Birth
- Physical and Mental Disabilities
- Developmental Delays
- Speech Delays
- Genetic Factors
- Other conditions that might limit a child’s development
What Services are Offered?
- Screening and Assessments
- Physical & Speech Therapy Evaluations
- Behavior Management
- Center & Home Based Programs
- Feeding Therapy
- Family Support Groups
- Transition into School System