The iRockit Center
After requesting a consultation a parent or family member will come to the iRockit center to meet with an Early Interventionist (EI). Without their child present, parents are encouraged to share the concerns they have about their child’s growth and development. If necessary an evaluation with the parents and their child will be scheduled. At the time of consultation, parents are provided with educational resources including readings, videos, or helpful websites that can help them guide child at home.
In the assessment session, the EI and parents will play together with the child. The EI will prepare play routines that call on the child’s ability to demonstrate his/her Physical, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Sensory, Cognitive, Play, Communication, Self-Help, and Social-Emotional Skills. Using a tool called the Hawaii Early Learning Profile (HELP), the EI will determine the child’s strengths and challenges within each developmental domain as compared with typically developing children of his or her age. The Early Interventionist will then recommend how often a family needs to come for follow-up sessions for the child to meet his or her goals.
In play-based sessions, the EI will guide children into fun and functional activities that encourage the physical, cognitive, or communication growth they need to achieve their goals. Parents and caregivers will then be taught how to use these and other activities at home. In each session the child’s progress is tracked using the HELP system and parents are instructed on how to help their children move toward new goals. Parents are also encouraged to participate in workshops and access recommended resources focused on their child’s specific needs so that they can be best equipped to help their child develop healthy foundations.
Training/support for families & caregivers
Parents, grandparents, and caregivers can access additional information by attending our workshops or by meeting with one of our Early Interventionists. The EI will be able to answer questions, provide reading material and video resources tailored to a family’s needs. Families can also be guided toward valid and reliable internet resources pertinent to child care and development.