An interpreter’s primary role is to facilitate communications between speakers who use different languages.
Interpreters working with Global Arena take on a variety of assignments including:
- legal proceedings
- school meetings
- and medical appointments.
One of the specific types of medical appointments; with which interpreters are frequently found, is called Early Intervention.
What is early intervention?
Early intervention, is a state-run program which provides support and services to families with young children (aged 0-3 years), who have developmental delays or disabilities.
Developmental delays are classified in the following ways:
- and adaptive.
Early intervention services are provided by a team of social workers and an interpreter; when necessary. These services are integrated into the daily life of the family; in such a way that they cause as little disruption as possible to the child.
Early intervention services are funded by the state and federal governments; therefore they are free for families residing in Pennsylvania. The Early intervention program was created in 1986 when Congress reauthorized the Education of All Handicapped Children Act.
The intention of this legislation is to reduce the impact of delays in development; and also disabilities in young children and their families and also maximize their potential for independent living in the future.
What services are provided in early intervention?
The first step is an assessment of the milestones of the child’s development. The team works to assess the child’s development compared to the normal development of peers. For example, a parent might wonder if their child should be crawling or if it’s a problem that the child is not crawling yet. If the evaluation reveals the need to continue with early intervention services; we proceed to evaluate their direct caregivers (usually parents).
Concerns, priorities and resources are evaluated through interviews and an evaluation tool.
The next step is writing a family service plan; the team works with the family to make decisions about how to proceed.
Some examples of decisions made in the planning stage include:
- Who participates in the treatment of the child?
- Where and when will the services take place?
- What are the major goals or outcomes expected of the treatment?
Why is it so important to have an interpreter?
An interpreter is necessary to facilitate face-to-face meetings, interviews and evaluations between the parents and the social worker when a parent has limited English proficiency (LEP).
Support services must take place in the child’s natural environment. Normally the service takes place in the family home; the child’s school and a in the nursery.
For families who speak English as a second language, having an interpreter present allows them to use their first language as they naturally would without interference from the support team. Also, this preserves the family’s values and diversity. The informed consent of the parents is also necessary to continue with the service plan. Furthermore, one of the main objectives of early intervention is to provide education to the parent. The presences of a qualified interpreter enables LEP parents to receive the best possible education on their child’s developmental delay or disability.
Global Arena also has a network of qualified interpreters. A network of interpreters accustomed in addition to unfolding in a multitude of different situations.
There are numerous scenarios in which it is therefore appropriate to hire the services of a qualified interpreter. Whether the nature of the assignment falls within the healthcare, legal, or educational industries; reach out to Global Arena to request an interpreter.
Note: this article focuses on early intervention services in Pennsylvania. For more information about services available in your state, please refer to the following link: