RISE provides early childhood intervention and therapy developmental disabilities throughout Maricopa, Pinal, Pima, Santa Cruz, and Mesa, Arizona. Have a question? We have an answer. Please read our frequently asked questions below, then call us at (480) 295-4925 for more information.
QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR TEAM
Every RISE Early Intervention team for each individual consists of six members: Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Developmental Specialist, Psychologist, and Social Worker. Meet our team.
The team-based early intervention approach is a family-centered process for supporting families of young children with disabilities. One member of an identified multidisciplinary team is selected as the team lead and receives ongoing coaching from other team members. The team lead uses coaching as an interaction style to build the capacity of parents and other care providers to promote child development through everyday learning opportunities.
With the team-based model, a team lead (one of the core team members) is the primary partner with the family in the provision of services.
A team meeting consists of the six professional team members that are supporting and implementing the early intervention services for each individual and family. As a team, they utilize collaborative teaming strategies to focus on the parent’s priorities, the development of the child(ren), and making positive changes in the homes of the families they serve.
The therapists coming into your home will utilize a coaching method. This is “a process where the caregivers and an early childhood professional examine and reflect on current parenting practices, apply new skills with feedback, and problem-solve challenging situations (Shelden & Rush, 2007).” A coaching session may consist of observation, information sharing/gathering, modeling, and planning. These techniques are used to give caregivers the tools they need to support their family and child.
QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR APPROACH
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, known as IDEA, is a United States Federal law that governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention services, special education, and related services to children with disabilities. There are two parts to IDEA. Part C is related to early intervention. Part B is related to services for school age children.
In 1986, IDEA was extended to include what is known as Part C services. These services were considered necessary to “enhance the development of infants and toddlers with disabilities; reduce educational costs by minimizing the need for special education through early intervention; minimize the likelihood of institutionalization, and maximize independent living; and, enhance the capacity of families to meet their child’s needs.”
Part C is a federal grant program. The lead agency in Arizona is the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES).
What is the relationship between RISE Early Intervention Services and the Arizona Early Intervention Program?
RISE Early Intervention Services, LLC (RISE EI) contracts with the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AZEIP) to provide services for eligible children ages birth to three years old, in Maricopa, Pinal, Pima, Santa Cruz county regions consisting of over 200 zip codes. To meet your potential team and make a referral visit our Referrals page. If you are outside of our service area please refer to the Arizona Early Intervention Website to make a referral.
Caregivers want their child to be healthy and develop skills expected for their age. Every child grows and develops in his or her own way; however, there are certain skills that must be mastered at certain ages called developmental milestones. Early developmental monitoring is essential to future academic success. If your child is not developing the way you think they should, you can take the necessary steps to help your child achieve their full potential.
You know your child best. If you become concerned or have questions regarding the way your child engages with you or others, plays, understands, communicates, physically moves, sees or hears, you may want to make a referral and/or discuss your concerns with your primary care physician.
For more information on developmental milestones, refer to the CDC’s Developmental Milestones Chart.
The state of Arizona defines eligibility as a child, between the ages of 0-36 months, who demonstrates a significant developmental delay or who has an established condition which has a high likelihood of resulting in a developmental delay.
A child is considered to have a significiant developmental delay if they have not reached 50% of the developmental milestones expected for chronological age, in one or more of the following areas:
The state of Arizona has identified the following established conditions as having a high likelihood of resulting in developmental delay. This list contains some of the more common established conditions. The list is not considered exhausted as other conditions may be considered.
- Chromosomal abnormalities
- Metabolic disorders
- Spina Bifida
- Intraventricular Hemorrhage, grade 3 or 4
- Periventricular Leukomalacia
- Cerebral Palsy
- Significant auditory impairment
- Significant visual impairment
- Failure to Thrive
- Severe attachment disorders
Professional evaluations that may include standardized testing tools, observation, clinical opinion, medical documentation, and parent input are used to determine eligibility for early intervention services. Eligibility based on established conditions may be determined via medical records.
Evidence-based research has increased in the area of early intervention. Results of this research yields a better understanding of the first few years of a child’s life. Early intervention has been shown to foster relationships between child and caregiver, build the capacity of caregivers to support their children, reduce behavioral issues, increase development, save money on potential long-term therapy costs, and improve later academic and social-emotional success.
RISE Early Intervention Services, LLC is dedicated to provide/share only the most current evidence based research in the field. We look to the following groups for information:
Your child may not meet the state eligibility requirement of a 50% delay in one or more developmental areas. Several options are available to you to support your family and child. Private therapy, through private pay or insurance, is an option. There are many private therapy clinics throughout the valley. Therapy for Developmental Disabilities, LLC is the organization that provides therapy services to RISE Early Intervention Services, LLC. We suggest you investigate your options with your insurance company.
RISE UP, a Child Monitoring Program, is a free service offered through RISE EI and may support you and your family with sequenced developmental screenings and educational support.
The Service Coordinator supporting your family is degreed with a background in child development. All of our therapy providers are degreed and licensed through the state of Arizona and their designated national professional organizations.
- Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) Child Care for Children Birth to 12
- Child Care Resource and Referral
- Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS) Child Care Licensing for Children Birth to 12
- AzEIP for Children Birth to 3
- Preschool Special Education for Children 3 to 5
- Student Services for Children 5 to 21
- First Things First: Children Birth to 5
- Raising Special Kids: Children Birth to 26
- ADHS Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs