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Early Intervention Program

Without La Vida Felicidad’s early intervention staff my son would not be where he is today.”

Our Early Intervention program provides family-centered services to infants and children (birth to three years of age) who have or who are at risk for developmental disability or delay. Services are provided to families who live in Valencia County.

Eligibility

Infants and toddlers are eligible to receive our services if they are found to have a developmental delay through the process of a developmental evaluation OR if they are determined to be at risk for developmental delay due to biological, medical, or environmental risk factors.

  • Our early intervention services are provided at no cost to the family
  • There are no income eligibility requirements for families receiving these services
  • Referrals to our early intervention program can be made by physicians, Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD), other community referral sources;  families may also make self-referrals

The activities that the therapists use at home with my son are very appreciated and easy to follow.  They all work with me and include me when we need to make decisions about my son’s therapy.”

For more information about a child’s development from birth to three years and about early intervention services, please visit the New Mexico Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program website.  A good resource for new parents is the New Mexico Public Health Day One website which includes videos and resources for parenting and supporting your baby’s social and emotional development.

 

Our Services

Our family-centered early childhood services are provided in the most natural environment for the child and family, which usually is the family’s home.

Services can also take place at a babysitter’s home, day care center, or other community location chosen by the family.

  • Our services focus on the strengths of the child and family.
  • All children eligible for early intervention services receive a developmental evaluation and ongoing assessment of their development.
  • We offer developmental services, speech and language therapy, and motor therapies (physical therapy and occupational therapy).
  • Each child/family is assigned to a service coordinator who assists them in all aspects of early intervention services, which includes:
    • Coordinating evaluations and assessments;
    • Creating a specific service plan for the family, and then reviewing and evaluating it over time;
    • Helping families find the right service providers;
    • Coordinating and monitoring therapies, developmental services, and other needed specialized services;
    • Informing families about advocacy services;
    • Coordinating with medical and health providers; and
    • Creating a transition plan when the child is ready to “graduate” from the early intervention program.

If you are interested in learning more about our Early Intervention Program, in Valencia County, please contact Clarissa Franco at clarissa@lvfnm.org or call 505-865-4651 and in Cibola County, please contact Sonya Spencer at sonya@lvfnm.org or call 505-287-5118.

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