Primary Care Physicians

Tuesday, 19 June 2012 00:00

Early Intervention

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Early Intervention consists of services and supports for infants, toddlers, and preschool children who have special needs due to developmental delays or disabilities, such as a hearing loss. Early Intervention also provides support services to families that help them learn how to develop their child's potential.

What is the cost of Early Intervention services?
Early Intervention services and supports are provided at no cost to families.
What services does Early Intervention provide?
The Early Intervention services provided are based on each child's needs with the goal of enhancing the child's growing and learning. These services can include:

• Information on how children develop

• Parent/caregiver education

• Support services and developmental therapies that assist in a child's development

• Ideas for how the family can help their child at home and in the community

• Assistance to early childhood staff with strategies to promote a child's potential if a child is attending an early care or education setting

• Linking families to a variety of community services and supports
Where do families receive Early Intervention services?
Early Intervention supports and services are provided in the child's home and in community settings such as child care center, nursery school, play group, and/or Head Start program.
Who should parents contact to see if their child is eligible for Early Intervention services?
Call the CONNECT Helpline at 1-800-692-7288 (or go to for information about Early Intervention services or if you have questions about your child's development and specific disabilities.

Parents may also talk with their family physician or health care provider, school district, intermediate unit, or county Early Intervention program about Early Intervention services.
Additional information can be found in the Early Intervention section of the Resource Center <click here>.
Friday, 08 June 2012 14:23

Fast Facts

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  • Hearing loss is the most common congenital condition in newborns.
  • The majority of children with hearing losses are born to parents who have normal hearing.
  • In the United States, 33 babies are born every day with a hearing loss.
  • There are many different types and degrees of hearing loss.
  • Children as young as one month of age can be fitted with hearing aids.
  • Most children with hearing losses have no other disability.
  • When a child's hearing loss is diagnosed and treated early, he or she can develop language skills like a child without a hearing loss.
  • Some babies are born with normal hearing but lose their hearing when they are older.
Friday, 08 June 2012 14:08

What are the types of hearing loss?

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There are 4 types of hearing loss:

  1. conductive hearing loss
  2. sensorineural hearing loss
  3. mixed hearing loss
  4. Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder.

View information on these types of hearing loss in easy to understand, non-technical terms.

Here is a link to the Speech and Language Developmental Milestones from the National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

If you have any concerns at all about your baby's speech and language development or if you think your baby does not hear well, be sure to talk to your baby's doctor right away. Here is a chart that shows typical ways to a baby demonstrates speech and language appropriate for his/her age: NIDCD Fact Sheet - Speech and Language Development (PDF)

The Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program of the PA Department of Health (PA DOH) works with physicians to ensure that babies receive a hearing screening no later than 1 month of age and that babies who do not pass their hearing screening receive a diagnostic evaluation by an audiologist no later than 3 months of age.

Find out more about the Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program

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