PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
The Birth to Three program provides
services for children from birth to three years old with
significant delays in one of the following skill areas: motor,
cognitive, social, adaptive, or communication. Services may be
provided in the home, community based location or center depending on the needs of the
family and age of the child. Usually children under
eighteen months are served in the home by a therapist. Between
eighteen months and three years of age, children can attend a
class in cooperation with Early Head Start or at SPARC with
community peers. The classroom consists of developmentally
appropriate group activities and individual therapy services.
Parents are an integral and valuable part of our program.
Home visits are provided on a regular basis to establish a
cooperative relationship. Parents' participation in
classroom, home visits, and meetings are encouraged to help us
understand the needs, concerns, and desires of the family.
Parents and staff develop an Individual Family Service Plan
(IFSP) to address the families concerns and child’s needs.
Each family chooses a Family Resources Coordinator to coordinate
services for the family and connect the family with community
services. Prior to the age of three, the staff help
transition the child to preschool services available through the
child's local school district.
Preschool program serves the Mount Vernon School District’s
preschool children with developmental delays. The majority
of these children are served within Head Start classrooms.
A group of modules at LaVenture Middle School serve a SPARC/Head
Start class, a SPARC class open to community enrollment and a
class serving children needing extra supports. The
classroom settings consist of a daily routine of activities rich
in the development of physical self-help, social, academic and
communication skill building. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and
speech/language therapy are provided in the
classroom as needed. Children not in classroom settings
receive individual therapy.
Each preschool child has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) with
goals and objectives specifically developed to meet his/her
needs. Parents help to develop this education plan and are
encouraged to volunteer in the classroom and participate in
parent meetings throughout the school year.
SPARC is one of
sixteen neurodevelopment centers in Washington State.
Neurodevelopment Centers provide therapy and related services to
children with neuromuscular or developmental disorders.
This designation enables SPARC to provide therapy to children
not living in the school districts contracted with SPARC and to
provide additional therapy to our school district children.
Technology” is any service that assists an individual with a
disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of a device
that can be used to increase, maintain, or improve functional
capabilities of that individual. At SPARC our vision for this
program is to provide services and devices to children in order
for them to be active participants in their education. The
SPARC Assistive Technology program provides children with
disabilities the opportunity to access the same curriculum as
children in general education, allows for increased
communication, promotes independence with daily living
activities, enhances their capabilities, expands play and
learning, provides opportunities to demonstrate what they know
and can do, and removes barriers.
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