City Recognizes Early Intervention Awareness Month and Reminds Residents of Available Telehealth Platforms

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City Recognizes Early Intervention Awareness Month and Reminds Residents of Available Telehealth Platforms


Early Intervention Awareness Month SocialMay 21, 2021--May is Early Intervention Awareness Month, and the City of Alexandria is highlighting the importance of early intervention in a child’s development and reminding residents that these crucial services are available via telehealth during the pandemic.

Any infant or toddler in Virginia who isn’t developing as expected or who has a medical condition that can delay typical development is eligible to receive early intervention supports and services under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Starting intervention early can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to learn new skills and overcome challenges and increase success in school and life.

The Parent Infant Education (PIE) Program, part of the statewide early intervention program known as the Infant Toddler Connection of Virginia, provides these early intervention supports and services to Alexandria families so they can help their children learn basic and new skills during everyday activities and routines. Examples of supports include service coordination, developmental therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work services, speech therapy and vision services.

Typically, these services are provided in the home or community where the child learns and plays; during the pandemic, PIE services are offered primarily through telehealth platforms, like video or telephone calls. PIE provides videos illustrating what physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language therapy look like via telehealth.

Residents with concerns about the development of their children birth through age two can call 703.746.3363. Early intervention supports and services are available for all eligible children and their families regardless of the family’s ability to pay.

Visit PIE’s website for more information about early intervention services. Download or view a brochure about the program in English and Spanish. Read Governor Ralph Northam’s proclamation on Early Intervention Awareness Month.

This article is  an edited version of a City news release.