Arizona Early Intervention Therapy
Early Intervention refers specifically to services and supports for families of infants and toddlers, birth to three years of age, with disabilities or delays. RISE Early Intervention provides services through Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP).
Every child enrolled in an AzEIP has a regional team, consisting of a speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, developmental specialist, psychologist and social worker.
Early Intervention specialists provide high quality supports and services in your home. We utilize a team approach because you know your child best. Working together, you and your RISE team will identify and build on those activities that appeal to your child’s interests to create opportunities for development and learning.
RISE Early Intervention uses strategies based on research that shows the value of using everyday activities and routines that occur in your home, natural environment, and neighborhood to promote your child’s growth and development.
Physical therapists work on improving gross motor skills (rolling, crawling, sitting, standing and walking), balance and coordination, and strength and endurance.
Occupational therapists work with children who are experiencing difficulties with performance of daily activities in the areas of feeding, self-care, play, learning, as well as fine motor, sensory integration, and cognitive skills.
Speech and language therapy focuses on both receptive and expressive language. Receptive language skills describes the comprehension of language. Expressive language skills includes: facial expression, gestures, intentionality, vocabulary, semantics (word/sentence meaning), morphology and syntax (grammar rules).
Feeding therapy helps infants and children with a wide array of feeding difficulties, which may include: reduced or limited intake, food refusal, food selectivity by type or texture, dysphagia (swallowing difficulty), oral motor deficits, delayed feeding development, food or swallowing phobias, and/or mealtime tantrums.
Pediatric psychology works on the relationship of abilities, behaviors and mental skills (cognitive functions) in children.
A Developmental Special Instructor (DSI) specializes in early childhood development as a whole. A DSI assists families in providing learning opportunities that facilitate their child’s successful engagement in relationships, activities, routines, and events of everyday life.
The service coordinator helps the child and family navigate through the Early Intervention process from the time of referral through the transition out of Early Intervention. The service coordinator will coordinate evaluations, assessments, meetings, and ongoing services between the family and the team.
The social worker collaborates with other team members to support the family in identifying/accessing various resources and supports depending on the child and family's individualized needs.