The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 5, 2013

Lycoming College professor co-authors book

The Daily Item

— WILLIAMSPORT — 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 and

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.