An Early Start service coordinator (SC) will be assigned to you to develop annual and semi-annual Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP) and assist with arranging appropriate services.
Each baby/toddler receives a developmental assessment to identify developmental progress and intervention needs and services. As each baby/toddler is unique, the types of services and supports he/she will need will vary.
For all therapy services (OT, PT, Speech, Feeding, and Infant Stimulation) discussed below, parent participation is crucial to continued progress and development.
Occupational Therapy (OT)***
For children with developmental delays or a known physical or mental condition associated with a high probability of delays, occupational therapy can help improve their motor, cognitive, sensory processing, communication, and play skills. The goal is to enhance development, minimize the potential for developmental delay, and help families to meet the special needs of their infants and toddlers.
Physical Therapy (PT)***
Children with significantly impaired physical function may receive therapy to preserve, enhance, and restore movement and function impaired or threatened by disability, injury, or disease. Services may include range of motion exercises, parent training and an assessment for equipment needs.
As your child develops, around the ages of 18-24 months, you may notice delays in speech and language. Children with delays in speech and language may receive therapy to improve communication skills.
Children with identified swallowing or chewing difficulties may receive specialized therapy to improve feeding.
Infant Development Services (Infant Stimulation)
Specialized instruction and parent education services may be provided at home or in a therapeutic preschool-type setting to address developmental needs. Parent observation and participation provide the family with the skills needed to address the child’s needs on an ongoing basis.
These classes are for parents and caregivers to learn techniques for developing and implementing positive behavior strategies. Classes may be offered at WRC.
Behavior Intervention Services***
Services are provided by specialists who offer training and instruction to assist families, individuals supported by WRC, and caregivers in developing positive strategies and techniques to manage behaviors. For those families with private insurance and Medi-Cal Managed Care, funding of behavior services will be based on current state/federal laws and regulations (see service coordinator for further funding details). Parent/caregiver participation is required.
Behavior Intervention Co-Pay, Co-Insurance and Deductibles
If your baby receives behavior intervention services funded by insurance, WRC is able to assist with insurance co-payments, co-insurance and deductibles should your family meet income requirements (Welfare & Institutions Code 4659.1).
Written Translations and Interpretations
WRC offers written translation services for Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs) when the family’s primary language is not English. Interpretation services for IFSPs or service planning/review meetings are also available.
Referrals can be made to assist individuals with securing supplies available through Medi-Cal, private insurance or through WRC funding when no other generic source is available.
If your child needs nursing supports, your service coordinator will assist with a possible referral. Many insurance companies or specialized services, such as the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT), provide assistance.
Families can access medically necessary equipment through referrals to Medi-Cal, private insurance, or other generic sources such as California Children Services (CCS). WRC, as payer of last resort, may provide funding for equipment needs as determined through consultation with WRC specialists.
Formulas and Nutritional Supplements***
WRC will assist families in exploring generic resources when there is a medical need for formula or nutritional supplements. In the event that all generic resources have been explored and exhausted, WRC will consider purchasing formula or nutritional supplements as the payer of last resort.
***Please note that current legislation and regulation may require families to access their private insurance or managed care plan within Medi-Cal to obtain funding for these services. Your service coordinator will inform you about this process and will provide support as needed to obtain these insurance/managed care benefits.