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. FIRST 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.
early intervention services (Cbrs)
Offered through the Children Developmental Services Agency (CDSA), FIRST bills Medicaid for Community Based Rehabilitative Services (CBRS) provided by 3 contract employees with expertise in developmental disabilities, autism, and social-emotional strategies for children age birth to age three. FIRST is able to provide this service to Spanish-speaking families. Our Early Intervention Services are available to children living in Avery, Buncombe, Wilkes, Yancey, and Watauga counties.
Incredible Years BASIC Parenting Class
With funding from NC Children's Trust Fund, this program is open to families who find their child’s behavior challenging. This research-based program, having been offered for four years, has been proven effective as an empowerment process for parents and has improved outcomes for their children.
Each therapist at FIRST came 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 FIRST staff different perspectives from many therapists. Our goal is to offer therapy that meets your needs within the ever changing world of insurance. FIRST 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. FIRST can bill Medicaid 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.