Virtual Therapy Milestone for Stepping Stones Early Intervention Student

July 16th, 2020

Shortly after stay-at-home orders were put in place in mid-March, The Arc of Essex County’s early intervention programs began offering therapies virtually.  With the ongoing, virtual support, one Stepping Stones EI participant recently learned how to climb, a major accomplishment that she and her family have been working towards for some time. “Now she (Vera) climbs all day, every day,” reported Vera’s mom Francesca.  As any parent can relate, “Part of me is super excited...and part of me is super terrified.”  Congratulations to Vera on her new-found mobility!

Early intervention services are uniquely specialized for families of children ages birth to three.  The Arc's team of early childhood specialists works together with parents and other family members to maximize the growth and development of children by supporting the advancement of motor, communication and social skills.  A Department of Health supported early intervention program, The Shapiro Center provides early intervention services in the child’s natural setting.  Stepping Stones EI is a private, center-based, therapeutic, supportive, and educational opportunity for families with children who have an intellectual and/or developmental disability, ages birth to three which is especially important for children with Down syndrome.

If you have a loved one who may be in need of early intervention services, contact the New Jersey early-intervention system to learn more by calling (888) 653-4463.  If you are interested in information regarding Stepping Stones EI, contact Judy Bellina at