What supports would be available to our family if our child is eligible?

All families in Early Intervention work with a Support Coordinator through BHDS. If your child is eligible following a developmental evaluation, your Support Coordinator will assist you in writing an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). The IFSP may include some of the supports listed below based on the specific needs and priorities of your family:

  • Support Coordination
  • Special Instruction
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech/Language Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Vision Supports
  • Hearing Supports
  • Others specified by law

Where would supports occur?

Families and caregivers are considered a child’s first and most important teachers, and Early Intervention values and builds upon family and community life. Early Intervention supports must occur in places that match the needs and strengths of your child and family. Supports occur in natural environments, such as at your home, child’s daycare, local playground, relative’s home, or other community location.

Who pays for supports?

If your child is eligible, your family is entitled to receive supports at no cost, regardless of family income. Eligibility is determined by a child’s developmental delay. Funding through Early Intervention comes from state, local and federal funding.

What if my child is not eligible for supports?

If you are still concerned about your child’s development, your child may be eligible for follow-up called Tracking. In the Tracking Program, an Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) is mailed to families every two months until the child is 2 years old, and then every three months thereafter through their 3rd birthday. The ASQ asks questions in all 5 developmental areas. The ASQ is scored and sent back to you. If your child scores low in any area, you will receive a follow up phone call from an Early Intervention Support Coordinator. Re-evaluation is an option if concerns persist.

Your child is eligible for Tracking if:

  • He/she weighed under 3.5 pounds at birth
  • Was cared for in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Has high lead levels
  • Other possible reasons

You may also explore supports through other community resources and possibly your private health insurance company.

How do I contact my Early Intervention office?

Call Lancaster County Early Intervention at (717) 399-7323
150 North Queen Street, Suite 517, Lancaster, PA 17603

Early Intervention Glossary/Acronyms