Encore Rehabilitation currently has a pediatric service line that is comprised of both Early Intervention (EI) and school-based therapy services. For those of us that have spent our careers in the geriatric world, the pediatric side of things is completely foreign. To better explain the services we provide in this division I had the opportunity to talk with Erica Holm, the Regional Vice President of our Pediatric Services Division. Erica is a Speech and Language Pathologist that started in early intervention in 2006 and joined the Encore team in 2016, currently overseeing almost 50 employees in the region.
Erica helped to outline the timeline of pediatric services, highlighting the differences between early intervention and school-based therapy. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was enacted in 1990 and paved the way for early intervention programs to be established by each state. Part B of the IDEA covers assistance for the education of all children with disabilities; Part C covers infants and toddlers with disabilities, including children from birth to age three. Before the age of 3, children may be referred to EI and transition to school-based therapy, if needed, once reaching a pre-school age and beyond.
Once a child reaches school age (3 years of age and above), they may be followed within the school system. Part of the pediatric service division is a group of school-based therapists that would assist in following children throughout their school years to ensure their overall success.
In prep for this back-to-school season and with input from our pediatric service providers, here are our top 5 tips to help ensure your kids are set up for a successful school year!
About the author:
Valerie Waugh, OTD, OTRL, RAC-CT
Regional Vice President
Valerie started with Encore in 2013 as a new graduate and is now a Regional Vice President in Michigan. Passion for the geriatric population, interest in overall leadership development of the field, and interest in writing as part of her educational pursuits led her to want to bring attention to important topics affecting the industry and highlight what we can do to continually be part of the changing landscape of healthcare.