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Early Intervention
When you think of your child and how he or she is growing, you notice things like how soon he or she smiles, sits up, rolls over, or how well he or she walks, talks, holds a spoon, and feeds him or herself. Children learn naturally during this time, by doing, by watching you and/or other children, and by being taught how to do different things. Because you know your child so well, you might notice that he or she is growing or developing differently than a cousin, brother or sister at that age. What you are noticing are changes in different developmental areas. The five 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

earlyinterventionmainWhile all children grow and change at their own rate, some children can experience delays in their development. Sometimes this can be a cause for concern.

Early intervention in Centre County is services and supports designed to help families with children with developmental delays. Early intervention builds upon the natural learning occurring in those first few years. With your help, early intervention services and supports can enhance your child's development by...

  • Answering your questions about your child's development
  • Assisting you to interact with your child throughout daily routines at home and in the community
  • Enhancing your child's developmental and educational growth
  • Supporting your child with developmental delays to become more independent
  • Preventing the need for more and costly intervention in the future
  • Supporting communities to become more aware of the gifts and abilities of all its children

The following information was taken from the booklet A Family's Introduction to Early Intervention in Pennsylvania and is designed to answer concerns you may have.