There are 3 Services Coordinators: Jennifer Behrends, Jesse Meints-Harms, and Cheri Koenig. These ladies work closely with the families to make sure they are receiving the services they need to help their young child develop. They are also incharge of developing and monitoring the Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) that is updated every 6 months. These three Services Coordinators develop a strong bond with the families and are often the first person families reach out to when they are experiencing difficulties with their young child as well as when they see their child succeed at something they have worked on with the therapists.
Service Providers go into the families’ homes to coach the parents on how to help their child develop the skills they are delayed in. The service providers are a combination of speech-language pathologist, occupational therapists, physical therapist, teacher of the deaf and hard hearing, and teachers for the visually impaired. All of these specialists work with children ages birth to 21 and have to often take off their Part B cap (special education services for children ages 3-21) and put on their Part C (EDN service for ages birth-3 years old). There are many rules and regulations they need to remember that are different between Part B and Part C. They often provide early intervention services after working in the school all day. The majority of the providers have been certified in the Routines Based Interview (RBI) and continue with professional development to hone their Early Intervention skills.
The Early Childhood has support from Allison, Nancy and Pam to help with completing multi-disciplinary reports (MDT), IFSP’s, monthly billing for DHHS Medicaid services as well as the Services Coordinators required monthly Case Notes.