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Dr. Marisa Macy, assistant professor of education at Lycoming College, has co-authored a book about improving services for young children with disabilities. The book, "Developmental Screening in Your Community: An Integrated Approach for Connecting Children to Services," is available now at Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com.
According to Macy, the professionals who work with young children cite early detection of developmental delays as vital so programs and providers can coordinate their screening. The authors – which also include Drs. Diane Bricker, Jane Squires and Kevin Marks – write that integrated, community-wide screening and early detection/child find systems are important – and this is the first book with the systematic, big-picture guidance and specific information to develop a new system or strengthen and refine an existing system.
Developed by early childhood, medical and social service experts in screening and assessment, this groundbreaking book helps establish an effective early detection system that's comprehensive and low-cost; encourages close collaboration among health, social service and educational agencies; and meets each child's whole continuum of needs, from universal screening to community services.
Macy's teaching background is in the area of special education and early childhood special education. She earned both her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Oregon.
Lycoming College is a four-year residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., the College fosters academic rigor, a supportive faculty and successful student outcomes. It offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 educational institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812, Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.