United Cerebral Palsy of Maine’s Bridges Program is an Early Childhood Intervention Program for children the ages of two through five who have developmental disabilities.
One success story is about a client that was referred for just Child Development Services which focus on Educational Development. The client was referred to and started in the program in the early fall of 2015 – 2016 school year. The client was nonverbal, had no coping skills when upset. When the child did become upset the client would try to escape the classroom, hit and kick staff and other clients, the client would scream and cry for most the period of the classroom.
During the spring of 2015 – 2016 school year the client was able to enter into our Section 65 Day Treatment program. This program helps targets behavioral needs of the clients and helps create goals for the staff to work on with the client. The client at the end of this report period has made the following progress. The client has made increased social interactions in the home setting reported by the parents. The client has made increased social interactions in the community, reported by parents. The client’s parents feel they have been given the support they need to help the client’s transition to other settings. And the client’s parents feel that the client’s new skills learned have helped them with positive interactions with their child.