Additional Services

Multi-Disciplinary Evaluations
Multi-Disciplinary Evaluations (MDE) teams are made up of qualified professionals with different areas of training and experience. Our MDE teams know how to work with both infants and children, to discover if a potential problem exists or is developing outside of age appropriate milestones. As part of the evaluation, our professionals will observe your child, ask your child to perform certain tasks, talk to you and your child, and use other proven methods to gather important information about your child’s development. These procedures will help the MDE team find out how your child functions in five core areas of development: cognitive development, physical development, communication, social-emotional development, and adaptive development.

Family Training
A Special Instructor or a Social Worker works with your family to identify the needs of your child and how to best help. Family training provides education and support to assist your family in understanding your child's needs as related to psychological or other counseling services and to enhance the child's development. Family training also identifies, mobilizes, and coordinates community resources and services to enable your child and family to receive maximum benefit from the Early Intervention Program (EIP).

Psychological Services
A Psychologist administers psychological/developmental tests and assessment procedures to determine the need for psychological or other counseling services. They interpret information about your child's behavior and family conditions related to learning, mental health, and development. A Psychologist works with your child and family to plan and manage a program of psychological services, including counseling for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their parents, family counseling, consultation on child development, parent training and education programs.

Feeding Therapy
Feeding therapy performed by qualified Speech-Language Pathologists help infants and children with a wide array of feeding difficulties which may include one or more of the following: reduced or limited intake, food refusal, food selectivity by type and/or texture, oral motor deficits , delayed feeding development , food or swallowing phobias and/ or mealtime tantrums. Addressing feeding problems may be important for preventing or eliminating nutritional concerns, growth concerns such as failure to thrive, unsafe swallowing which may lead to aspiration, pneumonia and future poor eating habits/attitudes.

Social Work Services
Social Workers provide consultation and training to Early Intervention (EI) teams related to infant and toddler development and family needs. They also work with EI resource coordinators, service providers, and families in an effort to identify, mobilize, and coordinate community services to maximize effective EI services. Social Workers participate in EI team staffing as a resource to families and EI team members related to infant and toddler development, psychosocial information and family dynamics.

Preschool Evaluations
Preschool evaluations are conducted by qualified personnel from CHTS for children three to five years of age through the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE). Based on the committee/parent concerns, the appropriate specialists will conduct evaluations, as needed, including but not limited to: Speech Language Pathologists/Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Social Workers, Special Education Teachers, Physicians, Licensed Psychologists and/or School Psychologists.