EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES
Children’s Learning Center Special Education Program is the Early Intervention and Early Education Program designated by the state appointed to serve children in Teton and Sublette counties. It is the only program in the area licensed and funded by the state of Wyoming to provide special education, therapy services, and coordination of care for families who have a child or children who will benefit from the Early Intervention and Education Program. Services are provided at no cost to families. Additionally, Children’s Learning Center provides special education resources to the community, training for childcare providers, speakers for community organization, and participates with other agencies to assist families.
“We’re usually the first agency to diagnose a child as needing special education or therapy. It’s a very stressful and tough time for families. Some parents see a long road ahead and we let them know wi will be right there with them.” Davey Hough, Director of the Special Education Program for Children’s Learning Center.
Services can be tailored to meet the needs of children birth through five years of age in one of two ways. For children birth through two years, Children’s Learning Center develops an “Individualized Family Service Plan” (IFSP) that coordinates resources and emphasizes the role of the entire family in the child’s progress. For children three through five years of age, an “Individual Education Program” (IEP) is developed that emphasizes the education and support services needed to enable the child to succeed in an educational environment.
The care and services that Children’s Learning Center’s Special Education Program provides in Teton and Sublette counties achieves positive results, as many children will not need further services by the time they enter kindergarten. However, if a child continues to need services, our staff works with the families and school district in advance to provide a smooth transition. In other words, the “long road” that Hough describes can sometimes be much shorter when young children receive the early intervention and education services they need.