Children ages birth through three years enjoyed activities geared to their special education needs at the fifth annual Harvest Carnival presented October 14 by staff and volunteers of the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) Infant Development Program.
The event, held in the evening at SCOE's Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School campus, included activities such as games adapted for children with disabilities, crafts, face-painting a magic show, and dinner. Close to 500 people attended, including SCOE students, their siblings and parents.
The Infant Development Program provides individualized instruction and therapy for infants and toddlers with speech, hearing, vision and movement disabilities. Each child receives comprehensive early intervention services in his or her home from a team of SCOE professionals-teacher, nurse, speech therapist, pediatric therapists, and infant educators. Services include assessment, family support, and specialized instruction to meet the individual needs of every child and family.
The Infant Program also provides parent support groups, parent classes, and family get-togethers. Currently, approximately 300 children from birth to age three participate in the program with their parents throughout Sacramento County. The Infant Development Program is operated by the Special Education Department of the Sacramento County Office of Education.