Early Intervention and Special Education
Wyoming Child and Family Development provides early intervention and special education at 6 of our 14 sites (Douglas, Glenrock, Guernsey, Lusk, Torrington, and Wheatland). Children are identified for services through the child find campaign,“1 before 2”. “1 before 2” is Wyoming’s child find campaign to locate identify, and refer as early as possible.
Infants and preschool children are screened to determine how they are progressing towards their developmental milestones. We also provide health screenings which include a dental check, lead blood level check, and a hearing and vision screening. If a concern arises, the child is referred for further evaluation. If a formal evaluation warrants intervention, team members, along with the parents, develop plans to provide the child the necessary guidance to reach their highest potential.
Wyoming Child and Family Development provides these services, all FREE, to those children who qualify:
- FAMILY SERVICE COORDINATION — Primary contact person who assesses diagnostic, medical, transportation, or equipment needs and coordinates services with other agencies
- SPECIAL EDUCATION — Intellectual and emotional development, understanding of concepts such as numbers and classification (colors, sizes, shapes, etc.), problem solving skills and environmental awareness
- MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES — Development of appropriate social skills, regulation and engagement, problem solving, and building relationships
- SPEECH/LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY — Articulation concerns, development of child’s vocabulary, improving language disorders such as stuttering, voice disorders, eating and swallowing disorders, alternative communication methods, and hearing screening and services
- OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY— Daily living skills such as eating, dressing and bathing, hand/eye coordination, manual dexterity, range of motion and muscle tone, balance, and equilibrium
- PHYSICAL THERAPY—Muscle strength and tone, range of motion of joints, gait and locomotion, posture, coordination, and endurance
Our Early Intervention and Special Education Teams are composed of state and nationally certified or licensed professionals who believe that parent participation is an important aspect of each child’s program and that they are the first and foremost teacher of their young child.