Children's Services

Children’s Services begin with the Help Me Grow program, which is designed to ensure Ohio’s children receive a healthy birth and the resources to warrant a healthy and productive start in life. An integral part of Ohio’s prenatal to age three system of supports, the services offered by Help Me Grow equip parents with the means to help their child acquire the early building blocks necessary for long term success. These initial achievements last a lifetime, as scientific evidence strongly suggests that a child’s success is significantly determined by the quality of nurturing in the first three years of life.

Help Me Grow believes all young children deserve the same opportunities to realize their full potential in life, regardless of economic, geographic, and demographic considerations. The parenting education and child development resources provided to families allows them to maximize this critical period of development in their child’s life, providing a foundation for lasting success.


Early Intervention

Families enrolled in the Help Me Grow Early Intervention Program have access to a core team of professionals to assist them with the development of their child. The team consists of Service Coordinators, Developmental Specialists, an Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapists, and a Physical Therapist. Every family will chose a Primary Service Provider (PSP) from the core team that will act as their primary contact for all of their developmental services. The whole team meets on a weekly basis to discuss the individual needs of the families and to support one another by sharing their individual expertise. So in essence, every family has access to the full team, because their PSP can ask for support from any of the team members during the team meetings.

All of our services are provided in a natural environment. A natural environment can be in the home or any other community setting the family chooses. The PSP will assist the family in developing strategies to assist with their child’s development using everyday activities and routines. The therapy services families receive through Early Intervention look different from those the family may receive in a hospital setting, but are just as effective. Early Intervention therapy focuses on teaching the parents and caregivers methods of how to enhance their child’s development, rather than the therapist simply working with the child. By teaching the parent or caregiver methods on how to enhance their child’s development the child has the opportunity to practice their skills several times throughout the day or week, rather than only doing therapy for 30-60 minutes per week with a therapist. In addition, skills are practiced during everyday routines the family already have established, which allows the child to practice in the context of real life rather than in a hospital or medical center therapy room.

The frequency of services is dependent upon the support needed by the family to reach their outcomes. This differs with each family and can change depending upon the outcomes the family decides upon. Some families may feel comfortable following through with the strategies provided to them and only may require their PSP to check on them two times per month or less, while others may want more frequent visits to ensure they are implementing the strategies correctly.


Help Me Grow

The Help Me Grow program is designed to ensure Ohio’s children receive a healthy birth and the resources to warrant a healthy and productive start in life. An integral part of Ohio’s prenatal to age three system of supports, the services offered by Help Me Grow equip parents with the means to help their child acquire the early building blocks necessary for long term success. These initial achievements last a lifetime, as scientific evidence strongly suggests that a child’s success is significantly determined by the quality of nurturing in the first three years of life.

Help Me Grow believes all young children deserve the same opportunities to realize their full potential in life, regardless of economic, geographic, and demographic considerations. The parenting education and child development resources provided to families allows them to maximize this critical period of development in their child’s life, providing a foundation for lasting success.


Preschool & School Age Services

A variety of services are available for children who are between the ages of three and 21, who qualify for the Williams County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services. These services include Service and Support Administration, the Summer Enrichment Program, the Summer Work Program, Special Olympics, and Family Support Services.

The Williams Couty Board of Developmental Disabiltities services have been developed to enhance the educational services provided through the local school districts.


Play Project

The PLAY Project benefits young children with Autism and their families. This program was developed by Dr. Rick Solomon of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The home consultant will model techniques for parents to engage and interact with their child. The goal of the home consulting program is to acknowledge parents as the expert on their child and assist them to be their child’s best play partner. Contact Dennis Myers at the Williams County Board of Developmental Disabilities for more information regarding the referral process.