About Bridges Early Learning Specialist
Who we are
Bridges Early Learning Specialist is the #1 resource for all things early childhood. We offer easy links to supports and services for families and their children, birth to eight who have special needs or health concerns. Research shows that this time period is critical. It offers a window of opportunity to make a positive difference in how a child develops and learns.
What we believe
- Each child is unique.
- Every family's needs are different.
- Early intervention works best when the family is supported in meeting their child's needs.
- Providing you the resources to teach your child new skills. The parent/family/caregiver is the child's best teacher.
- In working with families to help their young children learn and grow.
- Providing families an easy link to qualified specialists and resources to help their child develop.
Are you concerned about a child's development?
Be sure to have open conversations with your child's pediatrician or family doctor. Explain your concerns. Tell the doctor what you have observed with your child.
You can also get in touch with your states early intervention program. You can find your state's contact information on our Specialist page. Ask to have your little one evaluated to see if he or she has a developmental delay or disability. This evaluation is free of charge, won’t hurt your child, and looks at his or her basic skills. Based on that evaluation, your child may be eligible for early intervention services, which will be designed to address your child’s special needs or delays.
How to get started.
- Learn more about what services specialists can offer in our "Types of Therapy" and "Additional Support" sections below and find the right services for your child.
- Take time to view our specialist's profiles and decide on the perfect association for your child.
- Make connections with specialists.
- Visit Parents as Therapist section for early intervention tips and tricks you can do at home.
Types of Therapy
Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and Language Pathologists will work with children in a one-on-one or small group setting to help overcome difficulty with speech and language development disorders. Pathologist will use a variety of methods including intervention activities, articulation therapy, and oral motor therapy to address different speech disorders. Speech disorders include; articulation disorders, fluency disorders, voice disorders, and oral motor disorders. Pathologist may conduct a full evaluation to develop an individual program to best meet the child's needs.
Physical Therapists work to improve children's motor development, strength, range of motion, endurance, balance, coordination, gait difficulties, and delayed motor development. Our therapists carefully create unique treatment plans for every child. Therapist will teach families about safety and home exercises, since improving physical functioning often requires daily participation. Physical Therapists should have state licenses.
Occupational Therapists help children learn skills needed for play and daily living. They design and provide adaptive and assistive devices to support children and families to be successful in their everyday routines. The therapist can assist in areas regarding daily living, rest and sleep, work, play, social participation and education. Interventions promote sensorimotor, psychosocial and cognitive functions.
Occupational Therapists may also specialize in sensory integration theory and treatment. Sensory integration can improve a person’s social participation, self-esteem, self-regulation and sensory-motor abilities. Occupational Therapists should have state licenses.
Early Intervention Teachers can assess all areas of development and identify the family's concern, priorities and resources needed to support those areas of development. Early Intervention Teachers can help address concerns with pre-academics, social skills, and implementing behavior supports.
Tutoring services are available for K-12th grade. Certified Tutors can help make understanding out of the new standards for students and families. We also offer resources for online reading and academic supports.
ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) trainers work with a child one-on-one in a highly structured setting or in the environment where behaviors are occurring. ABA is a very effective way to modify behaviors and help overcome developmental challenges.
Education Consultants help parents, schools, and school districts prompt student success and improve programs. They may help with finding schools or learning environments that best meets a student's needs.
Child Care, Preschools, and Programs
At Bridges Early Learning Specialist we want to focus on the well-being of the whole child and provide you with the resources to find quality programs, including summer programs, that address all aspect of development including health, nutrition, safety, exercise, music, art and parent education.
Finding the right child care or children’s programs can be a huge challenge for many families. Quality child cares that promote child development have low child-to-staff ratios, have trained care givers who love working with children, a safe environment that allows for exploring and learning, and are licensed. Look for providers that have a child development associate's credential so they have an understanding of proper development. All providers listed on our website are licensed.
Health & Wellness
It's important to be happy and healthy! We offer links to programs and specialists that can help improve overall physical, mental, and emotional health. We have specialists in the areas of health, nutrition, safety, exercise, music, and art.