Early Intervention Services | Child Development Center of Natrona County

In life, it’s the little things that make the biggest difference. Looking both ways before crossing the street, fastening a seat belt, offering a smile to a stranger- these are the decisions that can change a life. Enrolling your child in our Early Intervention Program may seem like a little thing; something that can wait, something that won’t make that big of a difference.

It will.

The Child Development Center exists to assist you in as many ways as we can and our Early Intervention Program offers a variety of services to help your child meet developmental milestones and to maximize developmental progress.

These services include:

  • Cognitive skill development
  • Social and emotional development
  • Family service coordination
  • Occupational, Speech and Physical Therapy
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We will visit with your child in his or her natural environment, whether it’s at home or at childcare, and our certified staff will work extensively to help develop them at a rate which is comfortable.

It takes a village to raise a child, and thanks to generous donors committed to making a difference, these services are able to be offered at no cost to the family.

CDC is here to help guide your child through these imperative years. At the Child Development Center, we want to show your child that it’s the littlest things and, sometimes, the littlest people that make all the difference in the world.

Cognitive Skill Development

Cognitive skills are the basic mental abilities used for thinking, problem-solving, studying and learning. In children this includes the ways they solve problems and learn. As children develop cognitively, they build knowledge and learn about their environment. The key components of cognitive development include memory, concentration, attention, perception, imagination and creativity.

If a child qualifies for Cognitive Skill Development Services (also called “Specialized Instruction”) through the developmental screening and evaluation process, intervention services will be provided by an Early Childhood Educator or Early Childhood Special Educator in a child’s natural environment. For children ages birth through two years this is usually the home or a childcare setting. For children ages three through five years it is often a preschool or other educational setting. The goal of Cognitive Skill Development is to develop or improve a child’s ability to learn, study, analyze, recall information, and make associations between various pieces of information in order for the child to successfully process information. Strong cognitive skills are the basis for strong academic performance.

Activities to Focus on for Cognitive Skill Development:

Reading: One of the components of cognitive development is language skills. Reading activities are very important for helping children to develop language skills. Also, interacting through books can promote verbal skills and visual development.

Memory: Building skills in concentration and memory are a part of cognitive development. Various activities such as matching games, puzzles, and toys that focus on construction help to build a child’s cognitive ability.

Mathematics: Math skills are also a component of cognitive skill development. Activities that encourage learning and talking about numbers, playing math games, and counting can help children to build cognitive skills.

Creativity: Creative activities can help to promote many types of learning and build important connections in the brain. Art and music activities can promote and encourage a child’s cognitive development.

Social & Emotional Development

Social and emotional development in early childhood refers to a child’s ability to form close and secure adult and peer relationships; experience, regulate, and express emotions in socially and culturally appropriate ways; and to learn to explore the environment. For some children, their social and emotional development is delayed and they are in need of additional support to aid their success. Services for social and emotional development promote a child’s ability to manage their own feelings, understand other’s feelings, and interact positively within their world.

If a child qualifies for Social and Emotional Development Services through the developmental screening and evaluation process, those services will be provided by a Behavior Interventionist in a child’s natural environment. For children ages birth through two years this is usually the home or a childcare setting. For children ages three through five years it is often a preschool or other educational setting. The goal for providing services for social and emotional development is to help a child have emotional regulation, maintain positive interactions with others and effectively engage in their environment. Strategies and curriculum to achieve these goals are based on the Conscious Discipline and Al’s Pals Models.