These resources provide information on early and continuous screening.

Screening for special health care needs happens early and often. Newborn screening is mandatory and is a time where several conditions may be detected. Continuous screening happens throughout childhood, as children and youth may develop conditions. Ongoing screening takes place in school and at doctor’s visits.

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Newborn Hearing Screening

Newborn screening in PA is completed to ensure every newborn is tested for metabolic, endocrine, hemoglobin, heart disease, and hearing loss. Early recognition and treatment of most of these disorders leads to a better outcome for the newborn.

PA Newborn Screening & Follow Up Program, PA Department of Health 

PA Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program (EDHI)

EDHI refers to the practice of screening every newborn for hearing loss to ensure that appropriate services are made available.

PA Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Program, American Academy of Pediatrics

Hands and Voices, Guide by Your Side

  • — Support system for families whose child is impacted by a hearing condition

Early Intervention (EI) Programs

Early intervention programs provide support and services at no cost to families of children from birth to age 5 who experience delays in their development. Services are designed to meet the child’s individual needs and may be provided in the child’s home, month other settings. Services include therapies, nutritional, hearing or nursing supports, among others.

CONNECT Helpline: 1-800-692-7288
  • — Helps families locate resources and provides information about child development for children (birth to age 5).

Genetic Testing & Counseling

  • — The progression of a condition,
  • — The impact of the condition on the life of the individual and family,
  • — The likelihood of others developing the condition, and
  • — Management of the condition.

New York Mid-Atlantic Consortium (NYMAC)

  • — NYMAC is the regional genetics network that serves PA and is a collaborative effort to ensure that individuals and heritable disorders and their families have access to quality care and appropriate genetic expertise.