All children grow and learn at different rates. Children who are developing more slowly than typical children may be eligible for Early Intervention (EI) services and supports. Early Intervention is a program that assists families in expanding the potential of their child with special needs and helping that child lead a healthy and satisfying life.
The WCSI EI program can help families determine eligibility and then coordinate the specific services that best meet the child’s and family’s needs. Parents, teachers, physicians, nurses, or other caregivers may also contact the WCSI Early Intervention Department to make a referral for services in regards to a child with developmental concerns.
Who is Eligible for Early Intervention Services?
Families with infants and toddlers from birth to three (3) years of age who have special needs due to developmental delays or disabilities may apply for service coordination through the WCSI EI program.
Children ages 3 to 5 may be referred to the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit Early Intervention Program.
How to Start with Early Intervention Service
You may request an intake and evaluation for a child by:
- Contacting the WCSI Early Intervention Department by calling 724-837-1808 or 1-800-353-6467
- Visiting our Greensburg office located at 770 East Pittsburgh Street.
The services provided to children and their families differ based upon the individual needs of each child and the child’s family. We coordinate a variety of services, including:
- Speech therapy
- Physical therapy
- Feeding programs
- Hearing or vision therapy
- Parent education
- Developmental Special Instruction
In an attempt to best serve our clients and their families, all services are provided in the child’s natural environment – whether it be school, home, daycare, or anywhere in between! All of our Early Intervention services are also provided at no cost to the family, parents, or guardians of the child!
If you or anyone you know is in need of Early Intervention services, please visit our Contact Us page to set up an appointment and help keep Westmoreland County’s special needs children happy and healthy today!