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Play is a Child's Work

Pictured, L-R: Melodie Sherer, Occupational Therapy Assistant; Gabriel, and his mother, Maria
In education and in therapy, they often say “Play is a child’s work”. It’s a way for kids to learn new skills, process fears, and learn social roles. Learning how to play teaches children how to interact with the world around them. 

Gabriel was two years old when his mother, Maria, was worried that he rarely spoke.
“His older sister is developmentally delayed. She doesn’t speak often so we thought maybe he wasn’t hearing enough or picking up enough, like other kids with siblings,” she shared. His pediatrician recommended that he participate in Early Intervention (EI) through Innovative Services NW, which would provide Gabriel the opportunity to work with a therapist and an educator in their family’s home. [Read More]
Click here to learn more about Innovative's Pediatric Therapy & Early Intervention Services.

Positive Police Presence in Early Learning

Thank you to Officers Abdala, Schaffer, and Burgara of the Vancouver Police Department for stopping by to say hello to the children in our Early Learning program and promoting Positive Police Presence! The kids explored the police cars, listened to the sirens, and asked all kinds of questions. We heard several children say they might like to grow up to be police officers, while one five-year-old asked, "Do police officers eat donuts and drink coffee in their police cars?" If you're wondering, the answer was a "yes" with a chuckle. We're so appreciative of everything our police do to build positive relationships and keep our community safe!

Community Foundation for Southwest Washington Grants $25,000 to Innovative for the Positive Behavior Support in Early Childhood Project

Innovative has received a $25,000 grant from the Community Giving Fund, a charitable fund at the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, which will support the Positive Behavior Support in Early Childhood Project. This project will provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) related techniques for children with behavioral challenges, whether due to developmental disabilities such as autism or to the environmental risk factors such as developmental delays, family violence, homelessness, chemical dependency, CPS involvement, incarcerated parents, or foster care. 

Through a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), ABA studies the behavior of a child in order to apply interventions to bring about meaningful and positive change in the child's behavior including academics, social skills, reading, communication, and adaptive living skills. Innovative’s new BCBA, Lori Moorehead, said, “I’ve been working with children for over 20 years and there is no other treatment available that makes as significant progress as ABA does, for the maximum potential of the child in everything they do.  It also gives families the tools, support, and guidance on how to continue to teach and advocate for their child for the rest of their lives.”

Our Positive Behavior Support in Early Childhood Project will help low‐income and at-risk children in Clark County by alleviating barriers to their full functionality, helping them to succeed in reaching their full potential in an educational setting and in life. 
Innovative Services NW would also like to gratefully acknowledge a $2,000 grant award for the Positive Behavior Support in Early Childhood Project from the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Contribution Fund.
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