South East Early Intervention Receives United Way Grant
Bill Maikranz (center), executive director of United Way of Eastern Utah, presents a check to South East Early Intervention directors Kathi Kearney Reaves (left) and Lois Boomer (right). South East Early Intervention, based in Price, recently received a United Way Community Impact Grant for $5,000. According to early interventionist Tammy Allred, the money will be used to purchase toys for the children who are served by South East, including toys that help increase awareness, toys that make things happen, toys for movement and toys to communicate. The use of switches and switch-activated toys, Allred said, helps children with disabilities build the cognitive skills needed for future communication, independent self-help skills and higher-level cognitive functioning. The adaptive switches provide new opportunities for children to learn, play and explore. The switches also provide a way for the children to have greater control over, and to access, their environment.