Educational Services Unit #3 – Papillion/La Vista Public Schools

Address: 6949 S 110th Street
Omaha, NE 68128
Phone: (402) 597-4800 Fax: (402) 5974808 Email: dtrevarthen@esu3.org Website: http://www2.esu3.org/esu3/

Special Education – Sometimes even very young children may be at risk for having difficulties learning to do all the things that other children can do. Many of these children have known conditions such as Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy which may affect their development. Other babies who may be at risk for learning problems include those born prematurely and/or very small. We are not saying that these children will not learn to walk, talk, feed themselves, and play with other children, but that these infants and toddlers may be a little slower in developing these abilities. Some of these children may learn to do all the things that other children do but in different ways. Using assistive technologies with these children may help them to develop and use their skills to the best of their potential. We do not have a crystal ball to know how a baby is going to develop, how he or she is going to look, think, or feel as he or she grows older. Using assistive technology, if only for a brief period of time, may give these children the extra support they need to develop and use skills on their own. We all want our babies to realize that they can have an effect on their world. Using adaptive toy and special chairs that help them to sit up right and use their eyes and arms are just a few examples of the assistive technologies that may help infants and toddlers along their learning, moving, talking way. Assisstive Technology – Sometimes even very young children may be at risk for having difficulties learning to do all the things that other children can do. Many of these children have known conditions such as Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy which may affect their development. Other babies who may be at risk for learning problems include those born prematurely and/or very small. We are not saying that these children will not learn to walk, talk, feed themselves, and play with other children, but that these infants and toddlers may be a little slower in developing these abilities. Some of these children may learn to do all the things that other children do but in different ways. Using assistive technologies with these children may help them to develop and use their skills to the best of their potential. We do not have a crystal ball to know how a baby is going to develop, how he or she is going to look, think, or feel as he or she grows older. Using assistive technology, if only for a brief period of time, may give these children the extra support they need to develop and use skills on their own.We all want our babies to realize that they can have an effect on their world. Using adaptive toy and special chairs that help them to sit up right and use their eyes and arms are just a few examples of the assistive technologies that may help infants and toddlers along their learning, moving, talking way. ESU3 also coordinates with the Early Development Network. The Early Development Network is a program designed to provide services for children age birth to three that have some type of delay in their development or a disability.  The program is provided at no cost to families.  Each family that is referred to our program is assigned a Services Coordinator that will assist the family through the assessment process, connect the family to professionals that can address the child's developmental concerns and link the family with community resources that may be helpful to the child or family.

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