Early Intervention Director

Cassie Karriker Our Early Intervention Director works with a variety of individuals and groups including:

  • children
  • child care providers
  • early interventionists
  • public school preschool coordinators
  • parents
  • teachers
  • local interagency councils
  • Regional Interagency Coordinating Councils
  • Therapist
  • College and high school students
  • Volunteers

The best way to get to know more about the work of our Early Intervention Directort is to read firsthand the experiences of some of our children and families.

Jared
Anita sought child care for her infant with Down Syndrome when he was 6 weeks old after being told by the caregiver she had lined up that she didn’t know how to keep a child with Down Syndrome.

My son Jared started at Partners In Learning when he was an infant. Since that time he has received services and care through the Inclusion Program. Our family has also received ongoing support through our support groups. I don’t know where our family would be without Partners In Learning.

Brandon
Brandon is an active 3 year old that was identified when he was 2 with a severe communication delay.

I’m thankful for everything that everyone has done for me and Brandon. I would not have known what to do or where to go without you help—Patricia (Brandon’s Grandmother)

McKenzie
McKenzie came to the program at the age of 2 and had no language. After finding out that she was profoundly deaf.

A Hearing Impaired Teacher for the Rowan-Salisbury School System stopped to talk to the on-Site Inclusion Specialist about the success of a little girl at Partners In Learning that has a profound hearing impairment. She wanted to share as well as thank the staff for being a part of McKenzie’s success. The family went through many problems with finding the right doctor as well as the right hearing aid for her at this time almost a year had passed without having any major progress. At the age of three, her hearing aids were finally stable for her needs and a trusted doctor had beehearing delayed that put her far behind her peers in language. She also started receiving a One-On-One Language Facilitator to help her learn language basically from the beginning. At the beginning of the year, McKenzie was in the 4 year old room, but according to her Hearing Impaired teacher, she was only at a 2 year old level in speech. With therapy, being able to have a good On-on-one Facilitator, a dedicated On-site Inclusion Specialist, and an Inclusive Classroom with typical developing children, McKenzie as is now at her age level for the biggest part of her language development–She has gone from single clear words to full sentences just this year! She also can be understood better by her peers and adults. The Hearing impaired teacher was so excited she wanted to make sure we let everyone know of this success story and although McKenzie still needs intensive therapy, it has helped her being around children with good language skills to model to and encourage her as well as including her in their daily adventures. Lynn Porter

Other Contacts

CONCORD Children’s Developmental Services Agency (Cabarrus, Iredell, Rowan, Stanly, Union)

Gale Coor, Director
Children’s Developmental Services Agency
1065 Vinehaven Drive
Concord, NC 28025

704-786-9181
Fax: 704-792-9198
Gale.Coor@dhhs.nc.gov

WINSTON CDSA

Amos Cottage
3325 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Phone 336-713-7412
Fax 336-713-7837

Lexington
123 W. Center St. Extension, Lexington, NC 27292
Phone 336-224-6990
Fax 336-224-6998

 

Contact us today to learn more about our services.

Partners In Learning provides Community-Based Rehabilitative Services (CBRS) in Rowan and surrounding counties to children ages birth to 3-years-old. We serve the following counties: Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Rowan, Stanly, Stokes, Surry,Union and Yadkin.

Learn more about the state’s Infant Toddler program and CBRS. The North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program is a variety of agencies working together to provide early intervention services for children ages birth to three who have special needs and their families. Early intervention services help young children grow and develop and support their families in caring for them. The agencies responsible for early intervention in our area are called Children’s Developmental Services Agencies. Children enrolled in the Infant-Toddler Program may be eligible for a variety of services, including evaluations, service coordination, assistive technology, and specialized therapies. Early intervention serves South Charlotte and Union County and is on the provider lists of both the Mecklenburg County Children’s Developmental Services Agency (Carlton Watkins Center) and Concord Children’s Developmental Services Agency. A child may be eligible therapy services on a sliding scale through their county and state. For more information on North Carolina Early Intervention Program and Children’s Developmental Services Agencies, please see www.ncei.org.

Community-Based Rehabilitative Services (CBRS.) is developmental intervention uniquely designed to enhance cognitive, physical, behavioral, self-help, social-emotional, and language skills. This rehabilitative therapy for infants and toddlers is play with a purpose. CBRS is one service available to support children and families from birth to age three who have been determined eligible by the Children’s Developmental Services Agency (CDSA) for the North Carolina Infant Toddler Program.

In addition to CBRS for birth to three year olds, we also offer a similar service for children over age three. We will address your child’s needs in your home or in their preschool environment; assist in working toward improved participation and performance across all areas of development.

Through CBRS, professionals will work with your child and family as a team to build a plan of supports and services for desired outcomes related to your child’s development. The team members will share with you information and resources, and identify strategies and activities related to the outcomes. This plan will become the foundation for your child’s success.

Therapists travel to the child’s home or center to assist both the child and the caregiver of children ages birth to three years of age. Funding availability determines both the length and visits once per week for one hour. The primary interventionist works with transdisciplinary team members to plan and implement activities based on each child’s needs. The team includes the expertise of an early childhood special education teacher, a speech-language and motor therapist and the consultation services of a licensed psychologist and social worker. Progress is documented on an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP). For more information contact your local Children’s Developmental Services Agency.

Local CDSA Contacts

CONCORD Children’s Developmental Services Agency (Cabarrus, Iredell, Rowan, Stanly, Union)

Gale Coor, Director
Children’s Developmental Services Agency
1065 Vinehaven Drive
Concord, NC 28025

704-786-9181
Fax: 704-792-9198
Gale.Coor@dhhs.nc.gov

WINSTON CDSA

Amos Cottage
3325 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Phone 336-713-7412
Fax 336-713-7837

Lexington
123 W. Center St. Extension, Lexington, NC 27292
Phone 336-224-6990
Fax 336-224-6998

Contact us today to learn more about our services.