BENEFITING: THE BELL CENTER FOR EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMS
EVENT DATE: Feb 12, 2012
THE BELL CENTER FOR EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMS wrote -
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The Bell Center offers early intervention services to children at risk for delay, often within a few days or weeks after birth. Parents often feel a sense of helplessness when they discover their child has special needs; however, the Bell Center staff and volunteers are able to provide them with specific information and encouragement allowing parents to move from a sense of confusion, to a deep pride in their children’s accomplishments and optimism for the future.
Programs at The Bell Center are designed to promote growth in gross and fine motor skills, as well as language, cognition, self-help, and play skills. Each child is evaluated annually, and goals are tailored specifically to the child’s needs. The Bell Center employs a staff of highly qualified professionals including physical and occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, and early childhood special education teachers who work directly with infants and toddlers in many programs while directing the efforts of volunteers who work with toddlers in other programs.
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Here are some descriptions of the pictures from Ben's mother, Janet:
Hey Brian. Thanks for your email. Here are a few more pictures--one is with his therapists from The Bell Center, who he loves and is excited to see every Tues/Thurs! I also included one of him during circle time, which has been so fun to watch as he and his two other buddies interact. I've also included some recent ones of him with his sisters (Lily and Sophie) and one of my favorites with Santa. :-)
Ben has gotten excellent reports from his doctors recently, and I know he has made big strides thanks to the work of the people at TBC. I feel like I have gained so much knowledge about things we can do at home to reinforce what he is learning there, and it makes me feel much more confident that we are doing all we can to give him the best opportunities possible.
I have a couple more I'll try to send--feel free to use as many or few as you like!
Sitting up was a big thing for us--you take it for granted with children with no delays. We focused on it and Ben has gotten very strong so I snapped this picture of him in the ball pit one day. He also recently had tubes put in his ears, which is thankfully the only surgical procedure he has needed so far. The other picture is of him in his tiny hospital gown. Since the tubes were put in, he has become much more verbal--makes for a loud household with three very verbal children!