Help Me Grow Home Visiting

The Perry County Board of DD serves as the administrative agent for the Ohio Department of Health’s home visiting program.  The program provides home visits to expectant moms and new families in order to promote a healthy pregnancy, share tips on keeping children safe and developmentally on track, and to help families find the resources they may need.  The Home Visitor uses an evidence based curriculum to provide instruction at each home visit.  The program is affiliated with the national Healthy Families America model of service delivery.  Help Me Grow home visitors are trained to provide caring support and reliable information that makes a difference to the lives of families.

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Early Intervention (EI)

Serves children 0-3 who have a developmental delay or a medical diagnosis likely to result in delay.  The EI team consists of a service coordinator, a developmental specialist, and occupational, physical and speech therapists.  The team also has an Early Childhood Mental Health provider, a hearing specialist, and of course the family. All team members work together to help reach outcomes the family desire.  Early Intervention supports learning and development, child social and emotional well-being, and helps families through a coaching model within the context of daily routines and activities.

Services for pre-school aged children

The Perry County Board of DD provides services to children 3-6 through the support of an early childhood specialist.    These services are primarily home based and often times supplement the work of preschool special education, or may stand alone for those children not enrolled in preschool.  Through discovery with families, the specialist learns of the unique strengths and needs of the child, and helps the family build on those strengths or provides resources for assessed needs.

Services for school-aged children

The Perry County Board of DD provides service coordination to families enrolled with school-aged children.  The role of the service coordinator is to help connect families with needed resources and supports as requested.  The service coordinator is available to attend IEP meetings with families, make application for family selected supports, and serves as a resource for families as they navigate various systems for services for their children.

Summer Camp

The Perry County Board of DD provides a summer camp for school-aged children.  The camp is typically held 4 days per week in June and July, with 2 days being scheduled for ages 6-13, and 2 days for teens 14 and up.  The board provides transportation to and from camp, meals, special outings, and a professionally trained staff who make the experience fun, safe and enjoyable for all.  The school aged service coordinator sends out applications for camp to all school-aged families when they become available in early spring.

For more information about the Children’s Program, please contact Children’s Program Director, Cindy Aiello at 740-342-7722 or c.aiello@perrydd.org