Services Provided by TEIS
For families in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and Westmoreland County, TEIS provides therapy services under the Federal early intervention program. In Beaver County, TEIS provides initial evaluation services. Our client base is limited to 0-3 year old children.
An Occupational Therapist assists children with developing fine motor skills, like reaching and grasping, as well as upper body strength. An OT will also address self help skills, like using utensils and dressing. They work with the small muscles of the mouth to develop the oral motor skills needed for eating. Our OTs use The Eat Right Plan, developed to help children with feeding difficulties. OTs can also help families to address sensory processing concerns, using The Good Sense Plan, which helps children with sensory difficulties.
A Speech Language Therapist helps children increase their communication skills. They assist families of children who show significant language delay, hearing loss, or who are having difficulty producing speech sounds. They can also help families of very young children to work on pre-speech skills, such as imitating sounds and auditory skills.
A Vision Therapist works with children who are blind or visually impaired. The goal is to assess functional vision and help optimize the use of vision as well as the use of other senses. Assistance is available in making environmental adaptations and helping develop strong tactile, visual, and listening skills.
A Physical Therapist helps children with balance, movement, trunk control, and other activities involving the large muscles of the body. These include rolling, sitting, crawling, and walking. Assistance by making recommendations for adaptive equipment is also available.
A Developmentalist has a background in child development and a Master’s in early intervention. He or she works with families to help children achieve skills in a typical developmental order, manage challenging behaviors, and in following through with licensed therapists’ recommendations.
Nutrition is critical to overall development. Certified by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, a Registered Dietician is an advocate of early and aggressive nutrition therapy. He or she works to address feeding disorders and to ensure that nutrition is an integral part of managing symptoms and promoting wellness for children. TEIS uses The Eat Right Plan to help with nutrition therapy.
Social Work Services
In Early Intervention Support, the role of a social worker is to provide a variety of services geared to the special needs of children and their families. In this role, the social worker acts as an adjunct to evaluators and therapists. At TEIS, we consult in areas of parent and child interaction, family dynamics, mental health, domestic violence, and crisis intervention related to infant and toddler development and family needs.
How to Get Early Intervention Services
Childhood evaluations and therapy services are available under the Federal Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities. To assure impartiality, one agency offers evaluation services while another provides therapeutic services. To learn more about how to get early intervention evaluation and therapy services in Pittsburgh, as well as Allegheny, Beaver, and Westmoreland Counties, please submit your information below.
Once your child has qualified for early intervention services, the first treatment session can’t be scheduled soon enough! TEIS feels the same way. We pride ourselves in working with you to schedule the earliest possible date to begin the EI journey.