Reaching Developmental Milestones: A is For Apple’s Early Intervention Program

When it comes to treating developmental delays, the earlier you get help, the better. Developmental delays can affect each individual differently. Getting the best help possible at the earliest stage of life possible, can help your child gain the skills he or she needs and make them part of lifelong success.

Does your child have a developmental delay, or has an identified “risk condition” which may result in a delay? Then we are happy to take your Regional Center referral. Please ask for A is for Apple at your local Regional Center.

Or, if you choose to come to us directly, we’re happy to verify insurance and work with you.

The Early Intervention Program offered by A is For Apple Inc. includes working with children that are at-risk or preemies who have developmental delays. They may additionally need speech-language therapy and occupational therapy services.

We take pride in being a model of “best practices” using state-of-the-art methods, evaluation and therapeutic aids.

For each child, A is For Apple designs an individualized therapy program. It can include any of the therapies we provide: speech-language and occupational therapy programs.

Young children at risk for developmental delays need as much intervention therapy as possible.

“While the debate continues over how many hours of direct service is optimal for young children, the accepted range appears to be 20-40 hours per week. However, intensity of focus is as important as time intensity. Young children [with ASD] need to be exposed as soon as possible to frequent opportunities to practice and be reinforced for engaging in adaptive skills.”

“Comments such as, ‘He/she is too young for such intense therapy’ or ‘Let’s give him/her time to develop on his/her own’ should never be accepted, and intervention should never be postponed.”

We encourage you to read the full report here:  Early Intervention Can Make a Difference – Autism Society of America

Early Intervention serves children from birth to three years of age who:

  • Have a developmental delay or disability (e.g., they have not reached certain developmental milestones like walking or speaking by a certain age)
  • Were born premature
  • Had surgery or an illness soon after birth, resulting in a delay or disability
  • Have been diagnosed with a specific condition