The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University
 

Up To 3 Early Intervention

Project Details

Project Context:
The Up To 3 program at the Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD) at Utah State University is one of 15 Early Intervention Programs in Utah, contracted with the Utah Department of Health's Baby Watch Program, Utah's designated lead agency under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Part C. The Up To 3 program provides services to families with infants or toddlers, under the age of 3, with developmental delays, disabilities or diagnosed conditions with a high probability of resulting developmental delays.

Project Focus:
The mission of the Up To 3 program is to provide families with the knowledge and tools to enhance their child's growth and development. Program staff implements family-centered practices which support the philosophy that a family's concerns, values, priorities and resources establish the framework for service. This process results in the development of an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) which directs the specific services needed for the child and who will deliver those services.

The Up To 3 program at the CPD was presented with the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) 2004 Exemplary Program Award, the 2004 Literacy, Linking a Lifetime of Learning Award from Utah's Governor Olene Walker and received Utah State University's 2005 Robins' Award for Outstanding Achievement of the Year.

Services:
Up To 3 provides early identification and developmental services for families of infants and toddlers, ages birth to three, in Box Elder, Cache and Rich counties in Utah.

Services offered include:
- A full assessment of a child's current health and development status.
- Service coordination among providers, programs and agencies.
- Strategies to build on family concerns, priorities and resources (CPR).
- Developmental services including occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language therapy, etc.
- Services directed towards a specific disability/health condition, such as autism, sensory integration or feeding and swallowing.

These services are provided through the coordinated effort of parents, community agencies and a variety of professionals. Places where services are provided include the Up to 3 Center, homes and community settings such as child care.

Children and their parents enrolled in Up To 3 have the opportunity to participate in weekly Mommy and Me gymnastic classes at PEAK Gymnastics and Tanglewood Gymnastics. The Up To 3 physical therapists consult with the teachers from the community programs to design gymnastic activities that provide practice and challenges for gross motor development. Up To 3 families also participate in the Tanglewood Studios music and story classes in Bothwell and Brigham City. These classes enhance language acquisition through music, movement and literacy.