Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Early Intervention Services
Early Intervention Services for Infants & Toddlers
(Birth Through 2 Years of Age)
Early Intervention in Pennsylvania consists of services and supports designed to help families with children who have developmental delays or disabilities. Early Intervention builds upon the natural learning that occurs in a child’s first few years of life. It is a process that promotes collaboration among parents, service providers and others, who are significantly involved with a child.
Primary Developmental Areas
The primary developmental areas are:
- Ability to move, see and hear - Physical development
- Ability to talk, express needs - Language and speech development
- Ability to relate to others - Social and emotional development
- Ability to eat, dress and take care of themselves - Self help (or adaptive) development
- Ability to think and learn - Cognitive development
Eligibility for Services
Infants and toddlers are eligible for Early Intervention based on the following criteria:
- 25% or greater delay in at least one area of development
- Medical condition or disease that puts the child at high risk for developmental delay or a clinician’s determination, called informed clinical opinion, that a concern exists even though it is not indicated by an assessment.
- Test performance of 1.5 standard deviations below the mean on an accepted standardized test
Children do not need a diagnosis of intellectual disability to qualify for Early Intervention services. All children determined eligible receive free and appropriate services, regardless of the family’s assets or income.
Local Interagency Coordinating Council (LICC)
Families, community persons, and service providers are invited to join the Local Interagency Coordinating Council (LICC) which addresses Early Intervention Services and supports in Luzerne and Wyoming Counties in Pennsylvania. For more information, phone Marilee McDonough, Early Intervention Program Specialist at 570-831-7281.
About Babies and Children (ABC) Local Interagency Coordinating Council (LICC)
Pennsylvania Act 212, the Early Intervention Services System Act, was enacted in 1990 and provided for Early Intervention services for infants, toddlers and preschool children. Moreover, it stipulated the establishment and maintenance of Local Interagency Coordinating Councils to serve as community-based advisory and planning groups addressing Early Intervention issues. The LICC is to include parents and other family members, EI professionals and other community members who create active partnerships for the purpose of necessary problem solving, coordination of services and resources, and the development of policies and procedures to ensure that all eligible young children and their families receive needed Early intervention services. ( See Brochure)