Wayne County Early Intervention
While all children grow and develop in their own unique ways, some children experience delays in their development. Children in Pennsylvania who have developmental delays and/or disabilities benefit from a FREE state-supported early intervention program that links parents, service practitioners and others who work with young children needing special services.
The Pennsylvania Early Intervention program provides FREE support and FREE services to families with children, from birth to age five, who have developmental delays and/or disabilities. Early Intervention builds upon the natural learning opportunities that occur within the daily routines of a child and their family.
Benefits of Early Intervention
- Designed to provide support services and resources to enhance a child’s daily opportunities for learning. Services are delivered in a familiar setting where the child spends his/her time–home, childcare, preschool or other familiar space/location.
- Promotes 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 (brain) development
- Communication (speech and language) development
- Social (such as getting along with others) or emotional development
- Adaptive (such as feeding, dressing) development