Northern Human Services- FCESS offers eligible children and their families an array of supports and services.
Direct, individualized services are provided in a child’s natural environment which can be a variety of settings such as the child’s home, child care center, or other community setting. Services are conducted by qualified professionals such physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, and early childhood developmental specialists. Below is a list of therapeutic services that may be provided by FCESS.
Depending on a child’s specific age, speech and/or communication delays and disorders may look like a child not cooing or babbling, not speaking words, not combining words or using non-coherent jargon (like a foreign language). Some children may also have difficulty articulating letter/word sounds.
Thus, speech services focus on the specific development of skills to remedy the above mentioned concerns and other related delays/disorders. Speech services may be provided by a licensed speech therapist or speech/language pathologist depending on the specific need of the child. This professional may also consult with other ESS service providers and the family to perform direct services.
Children who have delays and disorders in fine motor skills, sensory integration skills and eye/hand coordination may need occupational therapy (OT). Such services address the functional needs of a child related to adaptive development, adaptive behavior and play, sensory motor, and postural development. OT is performed by a licensed occupational therapist. At times, this professional may consult with other ESS service providers and the family to perform direct services.
Children who have gross motor, balance, and limb control difficulties may need physical therapy (PT). Such services address skills related to large muscle movement and control, sitting, crawling, walking, running, jumping, and other mobility tasks. PT is performed by a licensed physical therapist. At times, this professional may consult with other ESS service providers and the family to perform direct services.
Special Instruction Services
Children who are exhibiting global delays in the areas of fine and gross motor, communication and language, behavior and coping skills may need the support of a licensed early childhood and/or special educator. These professionals provide services that help families with the design of learning environments and activities that will promote a child’s acquisition of skills as well as provide direct instruction to the child.