The developmental evaluation can be completed in-person or virtually to assess a child’s development to determine eligibility for services. Virtual options include video conferencing through platforms like Zoom or phone conferencing.
Once a child is determined eligible for Early Intervention, the family can choose to pursue services and develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). The family can choose how they will receive their IFSP services. Early Intervention can provide services in-person or through tele-intervention (virtual).
Services provided include: Support Coordination, Social Work, Nutrition, Speech Therapy, Special Instruction, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy. We also assist with making referrals to other programs and share information about local resources. Early Intervention team members have resources and information available to share with families specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
*Providing any type of in-person services depends on any changes with local COVID-19 guidelines and CDC guidelines. The family also may need to follow specific Early Intervention protocols. At any time, we may be required to cease any in person assessments and services.
Making a Referral:
We continue to accept new referrals to Early Intervention. Our referral process continues to be the same. A referral to Early Intervention can be completed by anyone who has contact with the child including parents, relatives, childcare staff, and medical professionals, etc. Once the family/caregiver/guardian consents to the referral, we will proceed with the next steps.
If your child is between the ages of birth to three years old:
Referrals can be made by contacting the Lancaster County Early Intervention office at(717) 399-7323 or by sending a fax to (717) 399-7396. Early Intervention referrals can also be made to the CONNECT helpline at1-800-692-7288 or firstname.lastname@example.org