Friday, September 11, 2009
September 11th, 2009
Rainbow's United provides early intervention to children ages 0-3. This is critical to developmentally delayed children's success. Kinnick and Carver both receive these services. Our services include SLP (Feeding and Speech), PT (gross motor), OT (fine motor), VT (Vision), AVT (Audiology), and an Early Childhood teacher. I never feel like we get enough services (I'm just that kind of mother). However, I do feel very fortunate that we receive the services that we do receive and they are at no cost to my family. Until the last couple of months, we had the best AVT through Rainbows. She wasn't a certified AVT until just recently, but had the experience -just needed to complete the certification. She is the ONLY AVT certified individual in the area. Rainbows let her go as part of their "Reorganization" effort. I guess they couldn't afford her. This has left us without any kind of Teacher for the Deaf. This is a huge blow for us. Carver needs these services to give him the full benefit of his CI's. There isn't even anyone else in the area that can offer these services. This highly needed individual is now jobless and not accessible to the many people that desperately need the services that she offers. Many of us are pleading with Rainbows to reconsider. I've even begged my ENT to consider hiring her in their office. So, I'm kinda bummed right now. Carver's second CI is scheduled for September 30th, and I don't even know who's going to provide the services that he needs to make the difference.