Hand In Hand Early Intervention

“The first years of life are crucial to a child’s lifelong growth and development. Brain research has proven nurturing in the earliest years is crucial for physical, intellectual and emotional development."

Hand In Hand Early Intervention is a service for infants and toddlers with delays in development, diagnosed disabilities or children who are at risk for developmental delay during the first three years of life.

Through an array of services from a team of professionals, parents and other caregivers learn how to provide nurturing experiences and environments, facilitating growth and development. Participants receive individual intervention from team members through Special Instructors, Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapists and Service Coordinators. These professionals are employed by Hand In Hand and together with the family form the core team of service providers. Each is committed to enhancing the life of the child.

Caregiver training and support is the heart of the philosophy that drives the Hand In Hand Early Intervention program, ensuring that a child’s learning and development opportunities can be maximized as they are naturally occurring throughout the day.

Early Intervention services are most effective if provided in the child’s natural environment including the home, daycare or other community settings. Hand In Hand staff works together with the family to plan appropriate interventions for each child to allow families full access to everyday routines and activities.

Hand In Hand Services

The following services are available through Hand In Hand as needed:

Service Coordination- Coordinating services for the child and the family and providing assistance in accessing services within the community

Physical Therapy- Services that focus on strength, balance and movement activities such as sitting, crawling and walking

Occupational Therapy- Services that address sensory development, fine motor skills, feeding and play

Speech- Language Therapy-Services that promote communication skills and speech development

Special Instruction- Specialized training through activities promoting skill development and individualized interaction

Home and Daycare Sessions- Visits to family homes and/or community childcare settings to provide support, therapy, and instruction

United Ability’s Early Intervention Programs serves the following counties through the main office located in Birmingham:

Jefferson
Shelby
Blount
St. Clair
Etowah
DeKalb
Cherokee

United Ability’s Early Intervention Program is the largest in the state of Alabama and is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
If you would like more information on Hand In Hand’s Early Intervention Program, please call 205-944-3939. You may also email us at eiadmissions@unitedability.org.