Deer Lakes

School District

Parent Information & Trainings

Parent Information & Trainings

Early Intervention Services for Infants, Toddlers, & Preschool Students

Act 212, the Early Intervention Services System Act, entitles all preschool children with disabilities to appropriate early intervention services. Young children experiencing developmental delays or physical or mental disabilities and their families are eligible for early intervention services including screening, evaluation, individualized education program planning and provision of appropriate programs and services. Potential signs of developmental delay and other risk factors that could indicate disabilities and the possibility that a child is an “eligible young child” could include:

  • By the age of 3: not saying many words; not using 2 or 3 word phrases and sentences; not walking; awkward gait (walking); drooling; not answering “show” or “what” questions; and/or not using utensils to feed self;
    By age of 4 (all of the above included): not toilet trained; difficulty with directional words (in, on, under, out); not playing with other children, not able to draw a circle, cross or imitate a vertical line; not able to understand the child’s speech most of the time; difficulty following simple two-step directions (e.g., pick up the paper and put it in the garbage;
    By the age of 5 (all of the above included): unable to answer “where” questions; unable to recall details from a story; not drawing a person with at least 6 parts; immature speech patterns (me instead of I), not able to hop forward with one foot without support;
    Other warning signs at any age: little or no eye contact, over/under sensitivities to pain, light, noise; hand flapping; no awareness of space (always bumping into other people or things); awkward hand or foot positioning; won’t touch or eat certain textures; child no longer can do things he/she used to do; developed normally, then stopped; echoes what is said; plays with toys inappropriately (e.g., watches wheels spin on the car, but does not play with the car).

The Deer Lakes School District ensures that all students transitioning from early intervention programs to school-age programs within the district are transitioned without a disruption of services. Parents of children entering school age programs from early intervention are notified of the district’s transition activities, that include a joint informational session held at Curtisville in the late winter.

The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare is responsible for providing services to infants and toddlers, defined as children from birth through three years of age. For more information, contact: Alliance for Infants 412-885-6000.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education is responsible for providing services to preschool children from ages three through five. This program is presently coordinated by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s Early Childhood and Family Support Services program, DART (Discovery, Assessment, Referral, and Tracking). For information, contact: Allegheny Intermediate Unit: DART 412-394-5904.

Local Resources for Parents


If you have a child with an intellectual disability and/or emotional disturbance, he/she is entitled under the Pennsylvania Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Act of 1966 and the Pennsylvania Mental Health Procedures Act of 1976 to the services of a local Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities (MH/ID) Center for an independent medical, psychological, and educational evaluation to be performed by a state-certified professional at no cost to you.


MH/ID BASE SERVICE UNIT:  Allegheny County Office 412-253-1399 or 2-1-1

LOCAL CHAPTER OF THE PENNSYLVANIA ARC: ARC of Greater Pittsburgh 412-995-5000

DISABILITY RIGHTS PENNSYLVANIA:  800-692-7443 (Toll-Free Voice)


If you have any suggestions for a training that you think would be helpful for yourself, your child, or district staff, please contact the Special Education Department.  In the meantime, please follow us on Twitter @DLSDSpecial for current events! 



Parent Resources

A list compiled by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit that lists the preschool programs near the Deer Lakes School District.
An informational packet for parents that explains the process of transitioning a student with an IEP from early intervention to school-age programming.
A guide for children ages 6 months to five years to allow parents to see what their child can currently do.
A guide for children ages 6 months to five years to allow parents to see what their child can currently do.
This guide for parents of children receiving special education in Pennsylvania outlines how a child’s need for special education is determined, how a child’s educational program is developed, the responsibilities and protections guaranteed to parents and children, and the resources available to parents of a child with disabilities. This guide has been updated to reflect the September 2018 Chapter 14 regulations.
This guide was developed to give parents and educators in Pennsylvania an understanding of the language of special education so they can more easily participate in educational decision-making. This guide has been updated to reflect the September 2018 Chapter 14 regulations.
Is your child having difficulty in school? This information guide provides parents with a path for effective communication with school staff.
This handout provides an overview of Supplementary Aids and Services that IEP teams should consider.
This fact sheet provides information for parents to assist them in advising their child about what to expect of a post-secondary educational experience.
This Early Intervention child find and family information brochure is a statewide public awareness document. The brochure includes common language to describe Early Intervention so parents know that their child receives Early Intervention services regardless of where they live throughout the state. The brochure can be used by any child find referral source for public awareness activities. Additional copies are available through Early Intervention Technical Assistance by contacting [email protected].
This publication explains what parents/guardians can expect to experience when their child approaches the transition from preschool early intervention to a school-age program.


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