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Does My Child Qualify?

A child is eligible for Early Intervention services if they have a 25% delay in one or more areas of development (cognition, communication, physical, adaptive and social-emotional skills) or any of the following physical or mental disabilities: autism/pervasive developmental disorder; serious emotional disturbance; neurological impairment; deafness/hearing loss; specific learning disability; intellectual disability; multiple disabilities; other health impairment; physical disability; speech impairment or blindness/visual impairment; AND are in need of special education and related services.

What is a Screening?

A screening is a preliminary assessment to determine if a child needs further evaluation and what type of evaluation is needed.  The results of the screening may include:

  1. Returning for a further evaluation
  2. No indication for further evaluation
  3. Return for another developmental screening at a future date

What is an Evaluation? 

An evaluation is conducted to determine eligibility for early intervention services by a team of highly-qualified professionals appropriate for the identified area of concern. You are the expert on your child and your participation as a member of the team is very important. An evaluation may include developmental testing, observation of your child’s play skills, input from your child’s preschool or daycare, and a parent/caregiver interview to gather information about your child’s developmental history, strengths, and areas of concern. An evaluation report is written as an outcome of the assessment. If a child is eligible for services an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed by the child’s family and early intervention professionals.


Terry Telep, Supervisor
Early Intervention
717-732-8400, Ext. 8539

Jessica White, Supervisor
Early Intervention
717-732-8400, Ext. 8781

Irene Reedy, Ed.D., Supervisor
Occupational & Physical Therapy, Behavior Supports, Transition
717-732-8400, Ext. 8543

Jennifer Lyden
Speech/Language Supervisor
Early Intervention, School Age
717-732-8400, Ext. 8254

Meghan Harvey
Speech/Language Supervisor
Early Intervention, School Age
717-732-8400, Ext. 8102