Funded by the Department of Education - Office of Special Education Program, the goal of CPRC is to ensure that families acquire the tools to access better opportunities for their children, with a particular focus on rural and Latino families. FIRSTwnc staff works directly with families to train and support parents to participate meaningfully in decisions during IEP and IFSP meetings and about available community services and research based programs. Staff may be able to attend some school meetings but only under certain circumstances.
early intervention services (Cbrs)
Offered through the Children Developmental Services Agency (CDSA), FIRSTwnc bills Medicaid for Community Based Rehabilitative Services (CBRS) provided by early intervention specialists with expertise in developmental disabilities, autism, and social-emotional strategies for children age birth to age three. FIRSTwnc is able to provide this service to Spanish-speaking families. Our Early Intervention Services are available to children living in Buncombe County.
This preschool inclusion program, funded by the Buncombe Partnership for Children, provides interventions to childcare center staff and parents of children with disabilities or at risk of disabilities. FIRSTwnc Childcare Consultants work with in over 30 childcare centers in Buncombe County per year.
Each therapist at FIRSTwnc come to providing therapy to individuals and their families through a unique path and experiences. Each therapist has worked with individuals and families in a variety of capacities, giving FIRSTwnc staff different perspectives from many therapists. Our goal is to offer therapy that meets your needs within the ever changing world of insurance. FIRSTwnc therapists offer support for specific populations including young children, youth, and adults with ASD and Intellectual Disabilities.
This research based program trains parents to provide the American Association of Pediatrics recommendation of 25 hours per week of intensive interventions to their young child with autism. FIRSTwnc can bill Medicaid Direct through Vaya Health for this service for children with an ASD diagnosis. After participating in P.L.A.Y. Project, all parents improved their relationship forming and two-way communication skills. All children improved their behavioral organization skills.