Early Intervention Services
Danville Child Development Center has been serving children ages birth to three years in the early intervention community since March 1974. Working as a team, our therapists, special instructors and service coordinator plan and deliver the best services possible for your child in the setting of your choice.
DCDC provides the following early intervention services:
- Special Instruction (Teacher)
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy
What is Early Intervention?
Early intervention is a system of services that helps babies and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities. Early intervention focuses on helping eligible babies and toddlers learn the basic and brand-new skills that typically develop during the first three years of life, such as:
- physical (reaching, rolling, crawling, and walking);
- cognitive (thinking, learning, solving problems);
- communication (talking, listening, understanding);
- social/emotional (playing, feeling secure and happy); and
- self-help (eating, dressing).
Who is eligible?
Your child will participate in a play-based evaluation to determine if they are eligible for services. Infants and toddlers, ages birth-3, who are determined to have special needs due to a developmental delay or diagnosis are then eligible to receive Early Intervention Services. These services are free and have no income guidelines.
How does it work?
We come to you.
Children are seen in their natural environments, which might be your home, a relative’s home, or a child care center. We also want to support our client’s development out in the community, and can arrange to have sessions on parks, at playgrounds, in stores, during medical appointments, and so on.
Why choose DCDC?
Our therapists and specials instructors provide high quality services which include coaching families in the best ways to support their child’s development. Through play, daily activities and routines, we work with families and/or caregivers to facilitate the child’s growth in ways that are meaningful and appropriate for their stage of development.
Our model of teamwork provides additional supports to children and families. By working together and sharing knowledge, experience and best practices, we are committed to providing the very best services to your child. And DCDC’s EI team is committed to ongoing professional development and training to deliver up-to-date treatment and services.
With the resources and connections of Danville Child Development Center, community networking and socialization opportunities with organizations such as the YMCA, Children’s Museum, and play groups are available to our EI families.
Justine attended Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and graduated in August of 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language Interpretation. After graduating she began working in the educational setting where she gained experience working with children with various needs and delays. This experience allowed her to develop multiple skills and strategies using various forms and systems of communication including assistive technology, picture systems, and sign language. Justine has received training in Filial Play Therapy and implements play as a part of learning. She previously worked for 6 years as a Sign Language Interpreter/Student Assistant in Maryland. After moving back to the area Justine began working in Early Intervention, serving families in their natural environments. She finds it gratifying and exciting working as a team with families and seeing their success.
Angela Lannan, holds a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University in Speech Language Pathology. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Association and is licensed by the state of Pennsylvania and the Department of Education. She is a member of the Danville Child Development Center Early Intervention Team.
Angela has been working for more than 10 years in the field of speech pathology. She is very comfortable working with children of all need levels, including children with complex medical conditions and those with multiple disabilities. Angela loves providing services in the home, working with the child and family to best meet the child’s needs. Angela is well versed in the varied strategies that benefit children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and is able to engage children who may need behavioral support as well as help with attention and emotional regulation. Her therapy sessions have a creative, child directed, and play-based approach. Angela is a compassionate clinician and an energetic problem solver who works hard to make sure that her visits are something the family looks forward to.
Wendy Woolcock is a Master’s level Speech-Language Pathologist who has a deep commitment for supporting the development of young children with varied communication difficulties as well as feeding and swallowing needs. Wendy is very comfortable working with children of all needs levels, to include children with complex medical conditions and/or multiple handicaps. She is well versed in the varied communication challenges and strategies that benefit children with Autism Spectrum disorders, and is able to engage children who may need support in behavior, attention and emotional regulation in therapy sessions that have a creative, child directed, play based approach. Wendy is well versed in use of appropriate communicative supports and technologies ranging from the use of basic sign language to iPad application and other communicative devices.
All services are provided and planned with functional communication in mind, as well as appropriate social interactions during daily activities. Wendy also takes special care to honor the unique personalities and needs of each child, support the overall development of the whole child, in part by frequently collaborating with the other skilled teachers and therapists. Wendy has a passion for helping children and families and willingly share her knowledge of the resources in our area including medical and social support systems. Her goal is to help families in all areas and get them connected as well as advocated for them.
Emily ‘Todd’ Hopkins
Emily ‘Todd’ Hopkins, our Physical Therapist has been practicing in the field for over 30 years. Todd (Physical Therapist, Masters Level & Social Work, Masters Level) specializes in seating, feeding, gross motor movement, equipment use and sensory issues. She has taken advanced level cranial sacral and myofascial release classes as well as excessive neurodevelopmental training. As with all of our staff, Todd has a passion for helping children and families and willingly shares her knowledge of the resources in our area including medical and social support systems. Her goal is to help families in all developmental areas and get them connected to other services as well as advocate for them.
Lilliana Rendon is a bilingual (Spanish and English) occupational therapist licensed in PA. She has experience in and enjoys working with children that have neurological disorders, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, prematurity, and social emotional behaviors. Liliana is trained and has experience in a variety of treatment methods. Sensory processing, sensory integration, and sensory defensiveness concerns are addressed so the child can respond more appropriately to his or her environment. She provides fine motor exercised to strengthen hand and finger muscles to improve dexterity in the hands. The development of gross motor and coordination skills are incorporated into therapy to carry out everyday tasks. Correct body positioning can also be included in therapy to allow the development of mature gross and fine motor skills.
Liliana earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and then went on to earn a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. She started off working as a Bilingual (Spanish) Special Education Teacher in a Boston Middle School. There she worked with kids that had an array of neurological disorders and developmental delays. All along, Liliana participated in IEP meetings both as a team member and as an interpreter and the goal has always been to help parents make the best decisions for their family.
Kelly Laubach (Occupational Therapist Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Scranton) Kelly has been an OT serving the areas of Montour and Columbia count for over 18 year. Her specialties include feeding, positioning needs, mental health and behavioral issues and sensory processing. Kelly is also an expert at finding and adapting meaningful activities in order to motivate and assist children and families in meeting and exceeding their potential. Kelly has developed a passion for working with children with special needs and their families after having her own extremely premature daughter.