Early Intervention: 

 

Part C State Agency: 

Pam Thomas, Interim Part C Coordinator

Department of Elementary and Secondary

Early Intervention Services

P.O. Box 480

Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480

Phone: (573)-522-8762

Fax: (573)-526-4404

Email: pam.thomas@dese.mo.gov

Website: https://dese.mo.gov/special-education/first-steps

 

Pam Thomas is the Part C Coordinator for the state of Missouri. This is a great starting place to gather information on early intervention services. 

 


 

Early Intervention Agencies-

 

Children’s Therapeutic Learning Center Ability KC

https://childrenstlc.org

https://www.abilitykc.org

(816)-756-0780

Provides a wide range of services, including ABA, Speech and Language, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy. 1:4 student ration for their early education center. Extended hours for working families. I have worked with Ability KC on providing assistive technology devices to help with increasing communication using an alternative medium with my clients. 

 

Family First Center for Autism and Child Development

www.FamilyFirstKC.com

(816)-984-8290

Provides ABA therapy and Speech Therapy. 

 

Partners in Behavioral Milestones

www.pbmkc.com

(816)-501-5138

Serves young children with developmental delays including autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) and language delays. Intensive early intervention in a center. 

 

Pediatric Therapy Connections

(816)-590-6813

Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy for all ages and developmental levels. 
 

Preschool Services:

 

Part B Public School Special Education: 

Leigh Anne Guminger

Exceptional Education Coordinator/ In District Autism Consultant 

(816)-418-1863 or (816)-418-3900

 

Leigh Anne is the coordinator for the local public schools and would be a great place to start in learning more information about early childhood education.  

 

Liberty Early Childhood Center 

9600 NE 79th St, Kansas City, MO 64158

(816)-736-5324

 

Gerner Family Early Education Center

8100 N Congress Ave, Kansas City, MO 64152

(816)-359-4600

 

Northland Early Education Center

8630 N Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64155

(816)-420-9005

This center provides education and therapy services for children with special needs and for typically developing children. They can learn at their own pace with same-aged peers. They work closely with the Missouri First Steps program to provide services to children with special needs ages birth to three. Services include: Special Instruction, Occupational Therapy, Speech/Language Pathology and Physical Therapy. 

 

 

 

Financial Resources:

 

Fact Sheet MO Autism Waiver:

https://dmh.mo.gov/dev-disabilities/individual-family-guardian-info

 

Fact Sheet KS Autism Waiver:

https://kdads.ks.gov/commissions/home-community-based-services-(hcbs)/programs/autism

 

Social Security

1-(800)-772-1213

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can provide monthly benefits to people with limited income and resources.  


 

Additional Resources:

 

-Call your insurance provider for a list of ABA providers and to make sure your insurance can cover those services. 

 

-Autism Speaks

www.autismspeaks.org

This has a free 100 day kit for children that have been newly diagnosed and what the families next step will be. It also provides a list of resources. 

TERMS - 

ABA: is a scientific approach that uses evidence-based practices to teach new skills and reduce problem behaviors. This is a very intensive approach and is expensive, which is why you will want to make a phone call to your insurance company for a list of ABA providers and to see what they cover or to check out other financial resources that could help you to get the services you need. There are also other resources listed below pertaining to early intervention services, preschool services, financial resources and other additional resources. 

 

Early Intervention focuses on developing skills and helping children to progress on milestones. 

 

Speech and Language Pathology will help to increase your child’s communication. There are also other ways to communicate. My clinic has partnered with Ability KC to provide other ways for children to communicate such as with an assistive technology device. 

 

Occupational Therapy will improve upon gross motor skills and improving daily living skills and adaptive skills to help your child gain independence. 

 

Part C of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act): Law that covers infants and children ages 0-3. This ensure children get the services and assistance they need. Part B is 3-21, assisting with education and school.