Early Childhood Intervention
This website is a place for families who are facing
challenges pertaining to their child's development and
It is a place to find answers and practical
suggestions. That's what Early Intervention Support is all
Whether a family has a child with a challenging behavior,
a disability or developmental issue, childhood is short - it
should be savored and enjoyed.
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We understand developmental milestones and the challenges
of Special Needs children. We spend a great deal of time
with families understanding the inner workings of childhood
routines and interactions. Ask us about your child today!
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People First Language
What is "People First Language"? The term came about
primarily to recognize the fact that people with disabilities
are first and foremost people, and should not be described by
their disability alone. People First Language (PFL) tells us
what a person HAS, not what a person IS. Keep in mind that one
out of every 5 people has a disability of some kind and that
these people are our friends, neighbors, co-workers, moms, dads,
husbands, wives, kids and more. This largest minority group is
the only one which any person can become part of, at any time!
Some join at birth-others in the split second of an accident,
through illness, or during the aging process. If it happens to
you, how would you like to be described? Think of yourself, are
you "myopic" or do you wear glasses? Are you "cancerous" or do
you have cancer? Are you "freckled" or do you have freckles?
You may still hear people saying things like "He's a cripple" or
"She's an epileptic" and even statements such as "He is
wheelchair bound" or "She suffers from cerebral palsy". All
these statements are archaic. PFL strives to eliminate
stereotypes, focus on people's abilities, and promote dignity
and respect. PFL avoids negative words that imply tragedy, such
as "afflicted with", "suffers from", "victim of", etc.
What should you say? Below are some examples:
- Instead of "He's an epileptic" you can say "He has epilepsy" or "He
has a seizure disorder"
- Instead of "She had a Down's baby" you can say "Her baby has Down
- Instead of "He's confined to a wheelchair" you can say "He uses a
wheelchair for mobility"
- Instead of "The blind lady" you can say "The lady with the visual
- Instead of "He's an autistic" you can say "He has autism"
- Instead of "She's afflicted with dwarfism" you can say "She is of
Always remember the person comes first!
The State of Pennsylvania has an Executive Order for People First
Language that was signed back in 1992 by Governor Robert P. Casey.
More Tips for Children with Special Needs
Parenting Tips in Other Areas Include
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Thankfully, there are many ways to deal with childhood developmental
delays and behaviors. These include in-home services, outpatient (you take
your child to a clinic), inpatient (following injury or surgery) and school
based services. Which type of therapy should you choose?
Visit our Therapy Options
area to learn more.
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