My daughter, Lilly, was born with Down syndrome and has been receiving early intervention services in Greene County through Pathways since she was one month old. With all the real and potential medical and developmental issues that she faced, it was easy to become overwhelmed. We relied heavily on the support and experience that her early intervention team provided to us. We are grateful to have had such a caring and competent team of professionals working and collaborating with us.
Lilly is currently receiving special instruction, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. As a working mother, it would have been very difficult to juggle all of these appointments on an outpatient basis. Her team was able to work around our work schedules and to see Lilly at her grandmother's home or at daycare when necessary.
As Lilly is now preparing to transition from early intervention services, so much has changed since we first began. We no longer feel overwhelmed by concerns regarding her development, but we feel excited about her achievements, which are many. With the help and guidance of her expert team, we feel confident in her abilities. For her future, she has taught us that anything is possible.
Our son Rocco was born at 31 weeks gestation with a heart conditions and given only a 10% chance of survival. He was evaluated and enrolled in EI services as soon as he was stable enough to come home from the NICU. His therapists and teacher provided invaluable information and support to our family. Rocco is now a very busy 19 month old little boy! As a parent and a therapist at Pathways, I highly recommend seeking out EI services as soon as a potential issues is detected; our son would not be where he is today without the quality services he received at such an early age!
Washington Early Intervention Services has helped my child greatly! Not only are they helping her reach her milestones, they reassure me as her parent.
My son, Daniel started speech therapy and special instruction a year and a half ago. The results have been amazing! At 15 months of age, he was hardly babbling and now, he is speaking in short sentences. The staff has done such a great job interacting with him and are easy to talk to and approach with my concerns. I can't express how happy I am with the progress that he has made.
Aaron and Ryan were born at 34 weeks. On the second day of their lives, we were informed that Aaron had a congenital heart defect that would require surgery in six to nine months. Before he was born we knew that Aaron had one kidney that was not functioning properly and had watched that closely. News of a heart defect however, blindsided us. Over the next few days, both boys thrived. The next week, Aaron took a turn for the worse. Every day upon arriving at the NICU, he would have a new IV or tube of some sort attached to him to help him breathe or feed him or whatever needed addressed that day. The doctors wanted him to gain as much weight as possible before attempting open heart surgery but Aaron couldn't wait any longer. We arrived one morning to discover that the cardiologist had spent the entire night by his isolette tweaking his oxygen medications keeping him going. The surgeon told us he had a 50-50 chance of making it through surgery. They weren't sure they could even get him on the bypass machine but they also weren't sure he would survive the day if they didn't do something. He was 14 days old, weighed just 3 pounds and his heart was the size of an acorn.
The social worker at the hospital gave us contact information for the Early Intervention program in Pennsylvania. It seemed highly likely that Aaron and Ryan would have some developmental delays due to their prematurity and other health issues. Both boys were finally home after six weeks in the NICU and we set to the task of being first time parents raising two babies. We had no idea if we were doing all the right things to help the boys developmentally. I completely forgot about the information I was given regarding EI until the boys were almost five months old. After our first meeting with our Services Coordinator, it was such a relief to know we would be getting help to ensure the boys reached their milestones.
Aaron and Ryan were six months old when we began working with a Physical Therapist and an Early Interventionist. At one point, when Aaron stopped gaining weight for a few months EI also provided us with a Nutritionist who helped us develop a plan to get him gaining again. Both boys are still behind in a few areas. However, they continue to make amazing progress that I'm positive we would not yet have achieved without our EI team.
I truly wish I had not waited so long to make that call. Samantha and Amy feel like part of our family now. The boys are excited to see them at every appointment and my husband and I have learned so many ways that we can help them grow. Our entire family has benefited and we are extremely grateful to everyone in the Early Intervention Program.
Adult Training Facility
Doug has been coming to Pathways for over 20 years. Doug has a lot of friends here. He enjoys talking to everyone.
The staff knows his wants and needs. He can communicate well with his staff. Overall the ATF (Adult Training Facility) is just a great place.
She loves it so much there (Residential Program) that she doesn't want to come home. When she does, she's ready to "go home" after she eats. The essence is that Sycamore is her home and she's at home only when she's there.
In-Home Support Services
In-Home Support Services help me complete my daily living tasks. I have not met an attendant for In-Home Support Services that I did not like. They are all friendly and hardworking. With these services, I am able to remain in my home independently. I would recommend In-Home Support Services to anyone.