Child Development

Our Child Development Program has three major components:

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After School Program


The After School Program promotes self-esteem by celebrating the unique abilities of each child.

We support developing necessary life skills that promote optimum independence and success. Children involved in this program are at a crucial point in self-development. The goal of the program is to provide a one-on-one learning opportunity for each child in a positive atmosphere.

Who is eligible?

A child between the ages of 4 and 18 determined to have a developmental disability.

Where are services available?

The after school program is available at Tesh or in the community.

Waiting List

There is a waiting list for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please call to put your children’s name on the waiting list.

Who to contact?

Please contact Tesh at (208) 765–5105 for more information about this program or others offered by Tesh. Ask for the Vice President or send an email to

Tesh is available to work with parents, guardians, care-givers, teachers, school systems and others involved in the life of an eligible individual—whether funded through Medicaid or self-pay.

Camp Independence ~ Summer Program

 Camp is Full for the 2019 Summer

June 17 through August 16, 2018

Mondays through Fridays, 9:00 am to 2:30 or 5:00 pm
Depending on a Child’s Budget

Important Dates:

  • Registration: Opens February 1, 2019 and runs until April 1, 2019.  There is a waiting list for this program so please sign up early!
  • First Day of Camp: June 17
  • Last Day of Camp: August 16

Come celebrate the days of summer with us!  This summer program at Tesh provides opportunities for children with special needs to have a wonderful summer in a 1 on 1 setting with coordinated community activities.  Campers can interact with peers in a group setting with individualized programs and direction from a life-skills coach.

Program Eligibility:

  • Children and youth ages 4-18 who have a developmental disability; 18-21 year olds may also join if they are still in school
  • Medicaid eligible to receive developmental therapy or self pay

Specialized programs at Camp Independence:

  • Extended School Year
  • Habilitative Supports
  • Habilitation Intervention

Activities Fee: $100, non-refundable to be paid in full by April 1st.

If you would like more information please contact the Vice President at (208) 765-5105 or email at


Habilitation Intervention


Habilitation  Intervention is a specialized service available to children with developmental disabilities who display challenging behaviors.

Habilitation Intervention is a one-to-one individualized service whose objective is developing positive behaviors and skills through positive reinforcement; and through education and natural behavior replacement methods, strive to eliminate maladaptive behaviors, and the associated punishments and negative reinforcements which often result.

Who is Eligible?

A child from age 4 to 18 years who:

  • Has been determined to have a developmental disability (not exclusively for those with autism)
  • Has demonstrated self-injurious, aggressive or severely maladaptive behavior
  • Has severe deficiency in one or more of the following areas:
    • Verbal communication
    • Social interaction
    • Leisure and play skills

Where are Services Available?

Habilitation Intervention services are available in  Kootenai County, including areas served by the Coeur d’ Alene, Post Falls, and Rathdrum school districts. Services are provided in the home, in the community or at Tesh—as appropriate for each participant.  Services are provided during the school year from 2:30-6:00 Monday – Friday; a schedule will be individualized to the childs needs.  During the summer services are M-F 9-2:30

Staff Requirements

The services are provided by professionals certified by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, and trained in Habilitation Intervention. Each Professional Service Provider has at least one thousand hours of experience working with children with developmental disabilities.

Waiting List

Waiting lists for this service are in effect. Please call to get your child’s name on the list.

Who to Contact?

If you would like more information about this service, please contact Tesh at (208) 765–5105 and ask for the Vice President or email


Habilitative Supports

Habilitative Supports is a 1-1 service for children age 4 – 18.  Training is individualized to the child.  Programs offered: Hygiene and Grooming, Appropriate Social Interaction, Safety, Independent Living Skills, Community Access, etc.

Who is Eligible?

A child from age 4 to 18 years who:

  • Has been determined to have a developmental disability
  • Has gone through the Health and Welfare system and has a case manager through the state.
  • Has been determined to not have self-injurious, aggressive or serious maladaptive behaviors

Where are Services Available?

Habilitative Supports Services are available in the community or at Tesh.

Staff Requirements:

This service is provided by trained Habilitative Support Staff that receive 40 hours of training prior to working with children and an additional 12 hours or more each year after that.


Services are provided during the school year from 2:30 – 6:00 Monday through Friday. During the summer services are Monday through Friday 9:00 – 2:30.  Schedules are individualized for each child.

Who to Contact:

Please contact Tesh at (208)765-5105 and ask for the Vice President or email