Zia Therapy Center
Zia Therapy Center
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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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Early Childhood Intervention Services
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) is a service provided for families of children (birth to three years of age) with developmental delays, disabilities, or certain medical diagnoses that could impact the child's development. This service is provided at no cost to the family, as part of the federal Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program. Zia's ECI professionals support families in meeting their child's developmental and health-related needs by giving families ideas and suggestions for activities that reinforce their child's development during the family's daily routines and activities.
Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) are developed in collaboration with the family and Zia's ECI professionals to identify goals and strategies to meet these goals. Furthermore, IFSPs also include descriptions of the supports and services the family will receive from Zia's ECI professionals. Each family is assigned a Family Service Coordinator to ensure all services are being provided and to help families access other services and learn how to advocate for their child. In addition, the family and family's team will determine who will be the lead provider of services for their child.
Once an IFSP is established, services can be provided in any setting where the child spends his or her day, including the family home, childcare facility, or other community setting.
Services available through Early Childhood Intervention
- Service Coordination
- Developmental Screenings (birth - 3yrs)
- Developmental Evaluations
- Speech & Language Evaluations & Therapy
- Physical Evaluations & Therapy
- Occupational Evaluations & Therapy
- Nutritional Assessments & Services
- Cognitive Intervention
- Functional Vision Services
Referral Sources for Early Childhood Intervention include:
- Families with concerns about their child's development
- Physicians suspecting a delay in one or more areas of development
- Community agencies referring children who could benefit from ECI services
Child Care and Development Program
Young children learn best in the context of meaningful, day-to-day interactions with adults and other children. They learn by building on what they already know and through play and repetition. They learn by doing. They are energetic, inquisitive, enthusiastic, and filled with wonder about the world around them. They are eager to learn and every activity is an opportunity for learning.
Our hands-on approach to early childhood education takes advantage of young children's natural abilities and interests. Children have enormous energy and they don't enjoy sitting for long periods of time. Our teachers plan and present activities that can be done while children move around. Our classroom learning centers encourage children to actively explore their environment.
Our Early Childhood Educators use the Focused Portfolio assessment process to follow the development of each child. As children achieve new developmental milestones, the information is recorded and shared with the family. The information gained from this assessment process is used to design curriculum and learning instruction specific to each child.
Zia's Child Care and Development Program provides an inclusive, safe, fun place where children can learn and grow. We have a beautiful playground that is grassy, shady and accessible to all children. And all that activity works up a big appetite! Zia serves breakfast, lunch and snacks at no added cost to families. Meals are cooked onsite and are nutritious and delicious. They are served family style, with children learning to serve themselves and take part in the clean-up.
Our well-designed classrooms are clean and bright and are equipped with video cameras to help ensure safety for all.
Open from 7:00am to 5:30pm for infants and toddlers under two years of age.
Open from 6:30am to 6:00pm for children two to five years of age.
Services Available Through Child Care and Development Program
- Observation-based assessments
- Portfolios that include child's work and developmental milestones
- Thematic units that encourage curiosity and self-direction
- Hands-on activities designed to develop math and science skills
- Small group activities
- Developmentally appropriate curriculum
- Books read daily to enhance language development
Zia Therapy Center was started as a grass roots effort in 1960, at a time long before there were community based programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Zia began providing services for children, and as the children grew, so did our services. We now provide a myriad of services that support people with I/DD as they live, work and take part in our community.
We believe in and celebrate the rights of people with I/DD to have full inclusion and access to our community and we believe in their rights to choice, self-determination and self-direction.
Our staff must pass rigorous background checks that include nation-wide fingerprint criminal screening and pre-employment drug screening, to ensure we hire the best applicants. We also take training very seriously and each direct care provider is highly trained before providing services.
Direct Services Offered
- Family Living Supports
- Customized In-Home Supports
- Community Integrated Employment (Individual and Group)
- Customized Community Supports (Individual and Group)
- Adult Habilitation