During an initial evaluation with Early Intervention (Under 3 MHDS) or Hazleton Area Early Intervention (PreSchool), families complete a screening and if needed, they are referred to the CATCH team. The CATCH team completes an evaluation using the ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) and a neurodevelopmental exam is completed by the nurse practitioner. The evaluation is completed in a facility which has a one-way mirror which eliminates the need for a number of individuals in the exam room. Families receive immediate feedback about the evaluation from the entire team. They are provided suggestions for further services as needed. Families and referring agencies receive copies of the report as well as the child’s primary care physician.
Members of the CATCH team have completed training for the toddler portion of the ADOS. Since June, 2014, coordinators are using a revised MCHAT which can be used for children as young as 16 months. The availability of CATCH has assisted many families over the years to obtain a timely evaluation and follow up has been provided by WVCA and Geisinger’s ADMI as needed.
Please call 570-714-1246 for more information or email Brittani Shearer, CATCH Team Coordinator and Special Education Teacher, at firstname.lastname@example.org