Birth – 3 Programs
Our highly-trained Children’s Hospital staff of physical and occupational therapists, speech therapists, social workers, nutritionists, psychologists and physiatrists work together to motivate each child, involve families and set attainable goals. In order to increase each child’s confidence and independence, the staff teaches families how to incorporate rehabilitation exercises into life at home. Inpatient physical and occupational therapy services are a part of a child’s physician-directed inpatient stay at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Our therapists provide assessment, treatment and discharge planning for all ages of children in intensive care, surgical and medical units.
Working to enhance the potiential of infants and young children with disabilities by offering support to their families and the early intervention professionals who serve them.
Every child from birth to age 5 receives a free book every month. For more information or to register your child call or visit the website.
The Child Find Staff at Fort Sanders Educational Development Center evaluate children between the ages of 3 and 5 to determine eligibility and the need for special educational services. Educational needs are determined through parent interview and child evaluation. Areas evaluated may include, but are not limited to: vision, hearing, speech and language, fine and gross motor, cognitive/pre-academic, social/emotional and adaptive development.
Knoxville Center for Autism, Inc. (KCA) was opened in March, 2010 to provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The center has since grown and added services, including Speech-Language Pathology (SLP), and Psychological/ Educational testing and diagnostic services. We continue to add programs and offer new services as we identify the need in the Knoxville area. We are a group of dedicated professionals trained specifically in delivering services to children on the Autism Spectrum and related disorders. Our main goal is to help children reach their full potential.
The Pediatric Language Clinic (PLC) is a family-focused early intervention program for children birth to three years of age who are in need of intensive services due to significant social/communication/ behavior delays and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder. The developmental program is funded by the State of Tennessee’s Department of Education as an Early Intervention Resource Agency (EIRA) at no cost to the families. A child, however, must meet eligibility criteria for the Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS) and receive services through TEIS in order to qualify for the program.
Tennessee’s Early Intervention System is a voluntary educational program for families with children birth through age two with disabilities or developmental delays.The principles of Early Intervention are to support families in promoting their child’s optimal development, facilitate the child’s participation in family and community activities, encourage the active participation of families in the intervention by imbedding strategies into family routines. It is the parents who provide the real early intervention by creatively adapting their child care methods to facilitate the development of their child, while balancing the needs of the rest of the family.
The Epilepsy Foundation will ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and will prevent, control and cure epilepsy through services, education, advocacy and research. Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) in which the nerve cell activity in your brain is disturbed, causing a seizure during which you experience abnormal behavior, symptoms and sensations, including loss of consciousness. Although there has yet to be a cure for epilepsy, we can strive to ensure that Ònot another moment is lost to seizures.Ó People living with epilepsy can manage their seizures and improve how they are perceived, accepted and valued in society.
The Hearing and Speech Center provides diagnostic and treatment services for children, adolescents, and adults who have problems with communication skills. The clinical services are provided by students-in-training under the supervision of highly qualified clinical supervisors who hold certification awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.