The Early Childhood program of Milestones serves children from ages six weeks through
five years of age. Milestones is a licensed EIDT (Early Intervention Day Treatment)
program. We serve over 100 families in Faulkner County every year. Milestones
provides early intervention in an inclusionary early learning setting alongside children who
are typically developing, who serve as positive peer models and play partners. Children are divided into classrooms by age, not by ability. Other specialized services are provided including occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech/language therapy, and nursing services.
Milestones provides high quality, developmentally appropriate instruction in the classroom. All classroom supervisors, instructors and assistants undergo extensive initial training and continuing education every year, including first aid and CPR training.
To qualify for our EIDT Day Habilitation program, a child must have a documented
developmental disability or delay, as shown on the results of an initial or annual
comprehensive developmental evaluation that shows:
For ages 0-36 months, a score of 25% or greater delay in at least two areas:
motor, social, cognitive, self-help/adaptive, or communication
For ages 3-5, a score of at least two standard deviations below the mean in at
least two areas: motor, social, cognitive, self-help/adaptive, or communication on
the Battelle Developmental Inventory test (BDI) and 25% or greater delay on the
criterion referenced test.
The child must also have a documented need for at least one of the following, as
shown on a full evaluation for that service:
At Milestones, our team of occupational, physical, and speech therapists are committed to providing quality services to your child. We provide services for children ages six weeks to five years at our inclusionary yearly childhood facility. We also serve children from birth to three years of age through the early intervention program.
Speech language therapy specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of
communication disorders, social communication difficulties, and issues with feeding and/or swallowing. Our team of speech language pathologists provides individualized, play based therapy to children with a wide variety of communication delays/disorders that impair a child’s ability to communicate effectively. Some of these areas include, but are not limited to, receptive language, expressive language, articulation, hearing, oral motor, feeding and swallowing, and augmentative/alternative communication.
Specialized training includes:
Occupational therapy is concerned with helping children become independent with activities of daily living. For a young child, therapy is play based and focuses on the foundation skills needed to reach for and grasp objects appropriately. As the child develops, the skills needed for independence in self-care and school readiness are addressed.
OT assessments evaluate the areas of fine motor skills, visual motor skills, self-care performance and sensory processing abilities. Based on the assessments, strengths and needs are outlined and an individual plan is developed collaboratively with the team. When modifications to the environment are necessary, adaptive equipment is utilized. Sensory integration techniques are commonly incorporated as part of the child’s plan to help them explore their environments appropriately and increase their attention for structured task participation.
Curriculum/Special Programs utilized:
Physical therapy services seek to assist each child in reaching his/her maximum potential. Specifically, our team of physical therapists works to enhance balance and coordination skills, to increase muscular strength and endurance and to improve functional mobility. We promote the acquisition of age-appropriate gross motor skills through play-based therapy and targeted individual treatment plans.
At Milestones, our team of physical therapists:
Our therapists have experience treating children with a variety of diagnoses such as cerebral palsy, ataxia, autism, torticollis, and developmental delay.
Our team is proud to offer outpatient speech, occupational, and physical therapy services for children from 6 weeks old to school-aged. We perform comprehensive assessments and provide interventions to address a child’s areas of need. If you are interested in learning more or scheduling an appointment, please call us at (501) 329-8102.
Milestones offers a full range of nursing services, providing medical care to the children in the Early Childhood Program.
Some of these nursing services include:
Nursing services allow children with medical needs to attend our
program. We work collaboratively with families and physicians to provide this medical supervision, providing peace of mind to the parents that their children are being monitored appropriately.
Milestones accepts both weekly parents paid tuition and childcare vouchers for typically developing children. These children are considered our positive peer role models where all children can parallel play together to reach their full potential.
Milestones provides a nutritional breakfast, lunch, and snack. All children are served
these at no cost to the parent, regardless of parent income.
All meals are prepared on site and follow the guidelines set forth by the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
Milestones runs several routes a day, picking children up throughout all
of Faulkner County.
Each bus has the appropriate car seats for the Milestones children. The car seats are checked regularly for expiration dates and condition. All drivers must meet qualifications for the vehicle they drive. Along with the driver, each bus has an assistant that rides along to attend to the children.