Early Intervention Services
While all children grow and develop in unique ways, some children experience delays in their development. Children with developmental delays and disabilities benefit from The Pennsylvania Early Intervention program, a state supported network of parents, service practitioners, and others which builds upon the natural learning opportunities that occur within the daily routines of a child and their family.
• Provides support and services to families with children birth to age five, who have developmental delays and disabilities
• Supports services and resources for children that enhance daily opportunities for learning provided in settings where a child would be if he/she did not have a developmental delay and disability.
• Provides families’ independence and competencies.
• Respects families’ strengths, values and diversity.
Early Intervention supports and services are designed to meet the developmental needs of children with a disability as well as the needs of the family related to enhancing the child’s development in one or more of the following areas:
• Physical development, including vision and hearing
• Cognitive development
• Communication development
• Social or emotional development
• Adaptive development
The Intermediate Unit 1 Early Intervention Program provides services for eligible young children ages three through the age of five and is available to any qualifying child residing in one of the 25 school districts served by the Intermediate Unit.
Related Services are available in the areas of nursing, speech, hearing, vision, psychological evaluations, and assistive technology.
Services are provided when the child meets the eligibility criteria of a 25% delay in one or more of the five developmental areas and demonstrates a need for specially designed instruction. The primary goal of the program is to improve a child’s developmental levels to enable him or her to access the general curriculum when they are school-aged. The staff works closely with school districts and parents to facilitate the transition-to-school process for eligible children. A language-based curriculum with developmentally appropriate activities provides a framework for learning. Children are encouraged to learn through active exploration of materials and settings. These explorations involve verbal and physical manipulations. The needs of the child determines the amount of support provided by the teacher.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information about the Early Intervention program and its related services, please contact:
Supervisor of Early Intervention — Washington County