Early Intervention Services
Early Intervention serves children from ages birth to three years old who reside in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Anyone from parents to doctors to daycare providers can refer a child to Early Intervention to receive a developmental screening and/or evaluation at no cost. The screening and evaluations cover all 5 areas of development: Communication, Adaptive, Physical, Social Emotional and Cognitive.
Referrals can be made by contacting our office at 717-399-7323 or email. Once referred, these children and families will be assigned a Support Coordinator to help them through the screening and/or evaluation process.
Following the screening and/or evaluation, the Support Coordinator will discuss other services and options for the family and child. These options could include ongoing intervention or referrals to community resources and services.
There are no income limits and no cost to families as Early Intervention is paid for by state, local and federal tax dollars.
Early Intervention serves children from ages birth to three years old who reside in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. We provide support to infants and toddlers who are experiencing difficulty reaching developmental milestones like walking, talking, learning and becoming independent.
Early Intervention does not diagnose children. We have provided services to families with children who have diagnoses of Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment, Vision Impairment and other medical diagnoses that impact development. For families interested in a diagnosis, we recommend contacting your child's physician and requesting a referral to a developmental pediatrician or other professional qualified to diagnose.
For children who have been cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at birth, weighed less than 3.5 pounds at birth, have been diagnosed with high lead levels, are homeless, have been prenatally exposed to drugs or have a documented history of abuse and/or neglect, Early Intervention can offer developmental monitoring through our Tracking Program.
To receive Ongoing Intervention the child must complete an evaluation and meet eligibility criteria determined by the State of Pennsylvania. Ongoing Intervention is recommended when a child and family would benefit from regular services to help their child reach developmental milestones.
Eligible children and families are assigned to a Support Coordinator that will monitor their needs throughout their time working with Early Intervention. This Support Coordinator will help the family create an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) that will document the families concerns, strengths and the child's developmental needs. The IFSP will also document the services that will be received, where they will occur and how often.
The Ongoing Intervention provided to the family and child is based upon a coaching philosophy. Our interventionists will come to the child's home or other familiar setting and will help parents or caregivers learn ways to encourage their child's development. The interventionists are also equipped to help families brainstorm solutions to difficult routines. Early Intervention utilizes qualified Speech Therapists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Special Instructors.
Some infants and toddlers will not meet the eligibility criteria set by the state for ongoing intervention. These families will still obtain an evaluation report following the evaluation that documents their child's development and any individualized recommendations or strategies for the family to explore. The family will also have access to a Support Coordinator who will help them explore other options.
Some options may include exploring supports paid for by private health insurance and recommendations for community activities that can promote development. Families also have the ability to complete a re-referral for their child should concerns persist, developmental progress does not occur or if the child receives a medical diagnosis that impacts their development.