This summer, Kimberly Houston ’15 is interning as an Early Intervention Counselor at the Pediatric Development Center in Pittsfield, MA.
Each day I observe and partake in a variety of play-groups and individual sessions with children under 3 years of age. All of the children have different forms of motor, cognitive, and speech delays and diagnoses such as ASD, ADHD, and other behavior disorders. I use different sensory toys and games with the children to work on their delays and start preparing them for preschool. I am able to help the psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech pathologists, and developmental specialists that collaborate on the site.
Due to the collaboration at the site of all the different specialists, I was able to take away vast knowledge on childcare and how important early intervention is for children with delays. I was able to see the different approaches to improving the daily lives of the children and I can take these observations and put them to use towards childcare in the future.
This internship has been an incredible learning experience. There are many such early intervention programs all over the country, but what is special and different about this place is the ability of all of these specialists to cross disciplines and learn from each other. The child has the ability to gain from all of the separate services, individual and group, that come from the same center.