Spirit Early Intervention Program (Spirit EIP) is designed to meet the needs of children/consumers age 6 weeks to 3 years, who have been assessed and diagnosed by a physician or other clinical specialists as having a special need. In this program, instruction is provided in small groups (3:1 or 2:1); or individually (1:1). The small groups structured to allow for our children/consumers to reach goals that are assessed on a quarterly basis. The consumers participate in planned activities and learning strategies that are developmentally appropriate to meet their specific needs. Clinical services (Occupational Therapy and/or Speech & Language Therapy) are provided for the consumers demonstrating need in these areas. The consumers are exclusively referred to Spirit EIP by a local regional center.
We believe that children who are challenged with developmental delays or disabilities benefit in significant ways by interacting with typically developing children in the broader preschool environment – the concept of a center within a center. We also believe that each child is unique, and should be presented with opportunities that promote positive cognitive, social, and physical development. Our program is laser focused on the establishment of attainable goals for each individual consumer, while also embracing and respecting each child’s individuality.
Spirit EIP is based on the premise that when children are presented with goals that are challenging, yet achievable; they are empowered by them, ultimately building young children who are independent, curious, and self confident.
We are committed to the provision of the optimal environment to promote a positive and productive learning situation for the children. Culturally, this includes full inclusion between our typically developing, and our special needs participants when appropriate. We function under the definition of Natural Environments as described in the Early Start document developed by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS).
We are committed to providing an environment that is rich with print and materials that encourage each child’s imagination and cognition, and that offers a number of opportunities for enrichment; including on and off site field trips, gymnastics, music and movement, and Spanish programs.
In the provisions of services for infant and toddlers in our child development, community based setting; it is imperative that each child is viewed as an individual, whether s/he is special needs or typically developing. We are charged with providing developmental services for all of our enrollees. With that understanding, we work to provide inclusive programming that does not compromise the development of the child or impede his or her ability to master specific goals that have been set in the IFSP and/or in their periodic progress report(s)
Each child/consumer enrolled in Spirit EIP is viewed as an individual with a unique physical and mental growth pattern. Our staff members are required to familiarize themselves with each child placed in their group. Goals and objectives are determined upon their enrollment in the program. The instruction that is provided by our Early Interventionists is designed to assist the consumer in reaching his or her developmental goals. Quarterly reporting to the referring regional center is required for each consumer to determine overall progress, and to set new goals when previous goals have been met. This intense understanding of a consumer’s capabilities enables the staff to take them from one skill level to the next in a way that is accessible, interactive, and fun.
The curriculum includes child and teacher directed activities with the ultimate goal of developing children who are academically, socially, intellectually, and physically prepared for the next educational phase of their lives.
The program also offers opportunities for fostering independence, creativity, and self-esteem. These areas are developed by improving self-help skills and strengthening decision-making skills.
The instructional intention is to foster successful interaction with educational materials, their teachers and their peers. Each area is also designed to stimulate interest and provide a wide variety of opportunities for growth and enrichment.
Lesson plans are developed by the Early Interventionists with a focus on individual and/or small group needs. They are maintained in binders in the classrooms.
Each member of the Spirit EIP Early Interventionist staff is trained and qualified in Early Childhood Education with the necessary academic background, as well as at least one year prior employment for the teachers. Staff is also required to continue their education by attending college courses, seminars, workshops, and/or other forms of training in the field of education. All staff members are also CPR and First Aid certified. The staff members at Spirit EIP are energetic, supportive, and above all loving and caring professionals. We encourage you to tour our facilities to meet our wonderful staff.
For Further Information:
California Department of Developmental Services
South Central Los Angeles Regional Center