Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC)
Funded by Department of Education, Office of Special Education Program 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 three. FIRST is able to provide this services to Spanish speaking families. Our Early Intervention Services are available to children living Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Wilkes, Yancey and Watauga counties.
Incredible Years BASIC Parenting Class
With funding from NC Children's Trust Fund, 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.
The Sunshine Project
A preschool inclusion program funded by Buncombe Partnership for Children provides interventions to childcare center staff and parents of children with disabilities or at risk of disabilities. FIRST works with over 30 childcare centers in Buncombe County per year.
FIRST therapists each came to providing therapy to individuals and their families by an unique path and experiences. Each has worked with individuals and families in a variety of capacities giving FIRST staff a different perspectives from many therapists. Our goals is to offer therapy that meets your needs within the every changing world of insurance. FIRST therapists offer support specific populations including young children, youth and adults with ASD and Intellectual Disabilities.
PLAY Project - Autism Intervention
A 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 that their forming relationship and two way communication skills and all children improved in their behavioral organization skills.