About Early Intervention
The New York State Early Intervention Program (EIP) is part of the national Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. It was first created by Congress in 1986 under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and is administered by the New York State Department of Health through the Bureau of Early Intervention. In New York State, the Early Intervention Program is established in Article 25 of the Public Health Law. Early help makes a difference, so get your child evaluated as soon as possible. It is your right as a parent and it is free.
To be eligible for services, children must be under 3 years of age and have a diagnosed disability or established developmental delay, as defined by the State, in one or more of the following areas of development: physical, cognitive, communication, social-emotional, and/or adaptive.
Eligibility for EIP is determined only by State-approved evaluators under contract with the municipality. The municipality will arrange for service providers, considering the individual needs of the child and family, to deliver services authorized by the municipality. When early intervention services are delivered in childcare settings or community locations that require a fee, parents are responsible for paying any associated costs with such access to child care or community locations.
Early Intervention Services
The Early Intervention Program offers a variety of therapeutic and support services to eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families, including:
Why is early intervention so important
Research has shown that the time between birth and age 36 months is a critical developmental period in a child’s life. These months offer a window of opportunity that will not be available later. Early intervention programs minimize and in some cases prevent delays in development of infants and toddlers with disabilities. They can decrease the need for special education and related services when a child enters school, and increase independence. Children whose special needs are identified and addressed during these crucial early years have a greater chance of reaching their full potential.
It is imperative that treatment is received at an early age because neuroplasticity is more likely to occur. Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to change its structure as a result of external factors, such as therapy, in order to acquire new skills. The child’s environment and activities (such as intensive therapy) directly affect learning and can shape the brain to acquire new skills.
All children grow and develop at different rates, but when a child has a condition, parents have additional worries about developmental delays. Early intervention programs are available to identify and treat very young children in an effort to minimize the long-term impact on the child of any developmental delay.
How to Apply for Early Intervention
*This information was obtained from the NYS Department of Health website.
A municipal Early Intervention Official (EIO) designated by the chief elected official of the municipality/county administers the Early Intervention Program locally. Contact your EIO for information about your local program or to refer a child. For information about the statewide program, contact the NYS Department of Health, Bureau of Early Intervention at (518) 473-7016 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact information for the Municipalities by county can be found below.
Nassau County Health Department
60 Charles Lindberg Blvd., Suite 100
Uniondale, New York 11553-3683
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Gotham Center, CN # 12
42-09 28th Street, 18th Floor
Long Island City, NY 11101-4132
Phone Number in NYC Dial 311
If outside NYC: 212-639-9675
Bronx (Bronx County)
1309 Fulton Avenue, 5th Floor
Bronx, NY 10456
Brooklyn (Kings County)
16 Court Street, 2nd & 6th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11241
Fax: 718-722-7767, 718-722-7766
Queens (Queens County)
59-17 Junction Blvd. 2nd Floor
Corona, NY 11368
Suffolk County Health Services
50 Laser Court
Hauppauge, New York 11788
All Early Intervention Services are at no cost to parents. The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is funded by New York State and county governments. The EIP may use your Health insurance for reimbursement. You do not need to have Health insurance in order to participate in the EIP.
Once your child is referred to the Early Intervention Program or EIP, an initial service coordinator will be assigned to meet with you and your family. The initial service coordinator will provide assistance throughout all of the steps of the evaluation process, the first IFSP meeting, and development of the Individualized Family Service Plan or IFSP.
The Early Intervention Process
Once you suspect that your child has a delay or disability you must call the Municipality for your County. An Early Intervention Official will assign you an Initial Service Coordinator. Your Service Coordinator will provide you information about EIP and inform you of your rights. They will also review a list of evaluators in your county. The Service Coordinator will obtain some relevant background information as well as insurance and medical information.
You will then contact one of the evaluation agencies to schedule an evaluation for your child. Your child’s multidisciplinary evaluation may include:
The evaluation will determine eligibility and gather information for the IFSP. A summary and report is submitted before the IFSP meeting.
If your child is eligible for services, an IFSP meeting will be held. At the meeting you will express your desired outcomes and hear the results of the evaluation. A written plan is developed with your Service Coordinator and you will agree to an IFSP. An ongoing service coordinator is also identified at this time.
The following services can be given through the EIP:
Your IFSP will be reviewed in six months and a reevaluation will be done annually. During these times a decision will be made to continue, add, modify or delete services, strategies and/or outcomes.
As your child approaches 3 years of age, you will enter the transition period. If you feel that your child will benefit from continued services, you will be referred to the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE). Your Service Coordinator will aid in the process.
Parents Rights in Early Intervention
This information has been taken from the New York State Department of Health Website:
Your Rights as a Parent in the Early Intervention Program
Parents have rights under the Early Intervention Program that you should know. Your Early Intervention Official is responsible for making sure you know about your rights. These rights include:
Part of your service coordinator’s job is to explain these rights to you and make sure you understand them and help you carry them out.
Your child’s records
Your child’s record includes all written materials developed or used for the Early Intervention Program. Your child’s record may include:
All information in your child’s record must be kept confidential by the Early Intervention Official and early intervention evaluators, service providers, and service coordinators. You must give your written permission to allow information in your child’s record to be released. There are two types of “releases” that you can sign:
- A selective release – this type of release requires you to identify the persons who can access the information in your child’s record and from whom they can get the information.
- A general release – this type of release will allow information to be shared with individuals and agencies that will be providing services to your child and family.
No matter what type of release you sign, you can change your decision about who can access your child’s record at any time.”
Our Early Intervention Center
Since all children learn and develop differently, we believe that it is crucial to seek immediate and professional help if a problem is suspected. The earlier a child is evaluated and treated, the better the chances for a better future.
All in 1 S.P.O.T. with TheraTalk is a NYS Approved Provider of Early Intervention Services and under contract with Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Nassau and Suffolk counties. All in 1 S.P.O.T. with TheraTalk consists of a team of skilled professionals that are warm, caring and dedicated. Our team of skilled professionals are certified to offer bilingual services, as needed. We collaborate with parents, other professionals and the child’s everyday community to ensure optimal progress. Your child can receive services at our large state of the art facility in Whitestone, Queens, or at your home, nursery school/childcare center or other community location. Our goal is to provide a comfortable and nurturing environment in a natural setting for your child.
In addition to 1:1 therapy, your child may be eligible for group developmental intervention at our facility to further enhance developmental skills. This is an excellent opportunity to improve their speech and language skills while working in a supportive and social environment with their peers. Goals are individualized and age appropriate for each child and may include expressive and receptive language skills, gross and fine motor skills, learning of age appropriate concepts, listening skills, social skills such as turn taking, sharing, eye contact, attention and age appropriate in seat behavior.
We have Group Developmental Intervention through Early intervention:
Our 2 hour fun but intensive program consists of the following schedule:
Arrival/Greetings with Calendar/ Structured Play Time- 30 minutes
Book Reading & Story Time- 20 minutes
Learning Time & Basic Concepts (colors, shapes, letters, numbers)- 20 minutes
Gross & Fine Motor Time with Speech/Language stimulation- 20 minutes
Circle Time with Music & Movement- 30 minutes
Our waiting areas are child friendly and each therapy room is equipped with the latest therapy tools and materials. We have a large gross motor and sensory gym with a rock climbing wall, slide, ramps, trampoline, tunnels, barrels, scooters, bolsters, balance beam, monkey bars, various swings, ball pits, crash mat, therapy balls, air pillows, sand/rice/bean tables. We also have a fine motor writing room with a wall of black chalk board. Our beautiful private speech therapy suites are conducive for the most optimal therapy sessions. We provide a fun, safe and motivating environment for exploration and movement, as well as opportunities for imagination and pretend play. The gym as well as all therapy suites are under video surveillance and can be viewed by parents at any time.
Our Early Intervention Program Evaluations can be provided in the following settings:
All in 1 S.P.O.T. with TheraTalk offers the following Early Intervention Services:
Early Intervention Developmental Norms Checklist
Below you will find a series of developmental milestones typical of the corresponding age. If any/all of the below boxes remain unchecked, it may be a clinical cause for concern. You may call us at (718)-767-0071 to get more information about scheduling an Early Intervention evaluation.
*Milestones are differentiated according to language, occupational (fine motor skills), and physical (gross motor skills)*
NOTE: If you have noticed a regression in any of your child’s skills/abilities, it is an immediate cause for concern. Please contact us today to schedule an evaluation
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