Early Intervention

KIDS FIRST nurse and student sharing a special moment.Early intervention services at KIDS FIRST are provided in a center-based setting with an individualized focus. Every child at KIDS FIRST receives a developmental evaluation that includes input from parents to highlight the child’s strengths and needs.
More specialized evaluations by an occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech/language pathologist, psychological examiner, or behavioral specialist may be included in the evaluation process.
These evaluations lead to development of each child’s treatment plan. The treatment plan is developed by a team of parents and caring professionals with a family-centered approach.
Our highly qualified early childhood development specialists and caregivers daily provide developmentally appropriate activities that emphasize skills targeted in the treatment plan, providing needed support and encouragement as the children progress. 

Nutrition Services

Nutritionists are an integral part of the interdisciplinary early intervention team for infants and young children with special health care needs. Nutrition staff includes four master-level Registered, Licensed Dietitians who travel to eleven KIDS FIRST medical day clinics across Arkansas. Nutrition staff members are actively involved in state and national professional organizations and seek to provide the highest quality of nutrition services to all children enrolled. The American Dietetic Association’s recommended nutrition care process protocol including a nutrition diagnosis is included in all nutrition intervention plans.

Following Baby Back Home

A home visiting and care management service for families of high-risk infants
Taking a newborn home after days or weeks in the NICU can be an exciting time, but one also filled with anxiety.  Following Baby Back Home will make the transition easier for parents and their babies.
Home visitors provide teaching, support, and case management services for families of high-risk infants following their discharge from NICU.  The home visitors work closely with other service providers, such as home health or therapy services, to promote the very best start for the new baby and family.

Medical & Nursing Services

KIDS FIRST registered nurse demonstrating CPR on a model.Registered nurses provide specialized pediatric nursing care for all of the children at KIDS FIRST.  These clinical coordinators communicate the child’s health progress to everyone involved with the child’s health – the KIDS FIRST medical director, the child’s primary care physician, subspecialists such as neurology or orthopedics, or other KIDS FIRST team members such as LPNs and nursing assistants, therapists and nutritionists. Using Family-Centered Care principles, our nurses help each family learn the best ways to maximize their child’s health. 

Speech, Occupational & Physical Therapy

Specialized therapeutic services emphasize the development of basic skills, and support each child’s ability to interact with family, friends and community. Early and regular assessments identify the needs and strengths of each child. Following orders from the Medical Director and child’s Primary Care Physician, speech-language pathologists work to improve  children’s speech and language skills and oral motor abilities such as those used in eating. 

Specialized Interventions

The path to meeting the needs of a young child with medical and developmental concerns can be a disconcerting one for parents and caregivers.  KIDS FIRST social workers are well-versed in recognizing and responding to the challenges experienced by families. As part of a child’s treatment team, social workers meet with parents at the point of entry, aid with their child’s transition into the program and provide continued support and advocacy throughout the child’s tenure in the program.  Each of KIDS FIRST’s eleven sites provides services by a licensed social worker.