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Hello!  We are excited to share some news with you about what is happening in YAP with our Early Intervention Services, as well as some other stories from around the globe.

We've also included information on upcoming ASD-focused trainings for your convenience.



     Early Intervention Services (EI)  in Pennsylvania provide support and services to families with children, from birth to age three, who have a developmental delay or disability. Funded through the county MH/MR office, services include an array of supports and resources for children that enhance daily opportunities for learning. 


     Team members, including the EI Special Instructor from YAP and the Supports Coordinators from the county EI/MH/MR,  work with families on building skills in adaptive behavior, cognitive skills, communication, physical development and social/emotional skills. Early Intervention is a family integrative service that incorporates the family's natural environment and includes the family's strengths, routine, and typical daily activities.


     YAP began providing Early Intervention Services  in Lebanon County one year ago and is currently working with 20 infants and toddlers throughout the county. LuAnn Frentz is the EI Specialist, providing  individualized Special Instruction and Behavior Support to children and their families.  Most of the children  have a developmental delay, although some are diagnosed with autism or genetic disorders such as Tyrosinemia or Aicardi Syndrome.


     In response to the growing need for qualified service providers, Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania recently offered scholarships for their Infant Mental Health Certification Program.  Staci Shupp, Director of the Lebanon County YAP Family Based and Early Intervention Programs, was awarded one of these scholarships and is eager to bring continued expertise to the Lebanon Early Intervention Program. YAP Early Intervention programs have also been initiated in other PA counties such as Somerset and Bedford, with plans to continue expansion into additional counties across the state. 

Check out these two incredible videos of how the iPad is helping individuals with autism communicate.  
Due to these videos coming from a media site, not all language used is YAP friendly.  However, the idea of thinking outside the box to help individuals communicate is powerful!  Especially when you find things out about the individual you never knew.
Autism Guy
Autism Video
iPad and People with Disabilities
ASD video
2010 Year of the iPad:
Focus on Autism



Jan 3 @ 10am  What is Autism a beginning training

Jan 11 @ 2pm  Communication 101 a beginning training

Jan 12 @ 10am Self-Regulatory Accommodations

Jan 17 @ 2pm  Sensory/Motor a beginning Training

Jan 25 @ 10am  Developing Social Narrative/Social Stories (c)


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