Starting with our initial intake evaluation, we offer services and support to bring our child to age appropriate development whether it takes 6 months or 3 years.   We believe in a team approach throughout the process, involving family members participation each step of the way.  From the very start, we develop a complete understanding of the child within the full context of his family life.

Our approach is dedicated to identifying the resources that are the right fit for your child.  We will help you to expand your support, building a capable and compassionate intervention network of care for your young child.

Why Early Intervention?
According to long-range studies, there are three primary reasons why early intervention is beneficial:

  • to enhance the child's development
  • to provide support and assistance to the family
  • to maximize the child's and family's benefit to society

What is the Early Intervention Program?
The Early Intervention Program is a statewide program that provides many different types of early intervention services to children with delays or disabilities and their families.  If your child is eligible for the Early Intervention Program, early intervention services are provided at not cost to you. Health Insurance, including private insurance and Medicaid, is used to pay for early intervention services in New York State. 

Parents--or others who interact with a baby, such as a grandparent, caretaker, or family member usually notice the problem first. But many parents don't know what to do next.  We can help.

Here's how it works:
1. The person who suspects a child is not developing as expected calls the local government office, such as 311 in New York City, to ask for a referral to EIP.

2. The referral is made, and the child is assigned a Service Coordinator who will guide the family through the process. The Coordinator will assist in identifying evaluation sites, explaining the eligibility criteria, and facilitating the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) meeting where the services, frequency and location of services will be determined.

That's where we come in.
At metrochildren we have the breadth and depth of experience to evaluate children for eligibility in the Early Intervention Program, and to assist in the development of the IFSP. Parents are the heart of this process: we listen carefully as they articulate their goals for their child.  We then build a plan which serves as a map to:

  • the services that will help these outcomes be met
  • the service providers and place of service
  • the ways services will be used to reach the outcomes

Once your child's services are authorized, we are ready and set to go!

Services
Based on the guidelines provided by the state's Early Intervention Program (EIP), Metro Children's Services provides the full-range of services required from evaluation to school transition.

  • Audiology (hearing specialist)
  • Service Coordination
  • Counseling Services
  • Family Training
  • Home Visits
  • Feeding Therapy
  • Nutrition Services
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychological Evaluations
  • Special Instruction
  • Speech Therapy
  • Vision Therapy
  • ABA Services
 

Autism Services
We provide special support for children with autism: Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). We offer professional analysis of each child's behavior in order to develop a specific program to meet the child's needs by building on strengths for the development of educational and social skills.  Our focus is also on parents and families, providing team meetings and one-on-one parental support. Our team includes therapists and specialists who have the training and techniques to deal with the individual needs of an autistic child.

Who Is Eligible
EI does not use a diagnostic definition for eligibility.  It differs from special education in that its definition of an eligible child is NOT limited to a child having a specific, diagnosed, categorical disability, but is based on functional limitations. EI services can address delay and disability and reduce the need for special education.

How Do I Know?
Here are some guidelines from the New York State Department of Health:

Young children learn and develop differently. One baby may walk earlier than another, while another baby might talk first. Often, these differences will even out. But, some children will need extra help. Look for signs that your infant or toddler might need extra help. Early help makes a difference! If your child does have a functional delay, the earlier you get help, the better.

Here is what you can expect your child to be doing, from birth to age three.

If your child is having trouble doing some of these things, it may put your mind at rest to talk to someone. Early help makes a difference!  Services are provided at no cost to you to help your child grow and develop and to help you care for your child.

Most children are found eligible because they are exhibiting developmental delay.  They must demonstrate a functional delay in at least one of the five domains:

  • Physical (includes motor skills, growth)
  • Cognitive (learning and thinking)
  • Communication (speech-language, understanding and using words)
  • Adaptive (self-help skills such as feeding)
  • Socio-emotional development (relating to others)

A multidisciplinary evaluation must identify a delay in one or more of the above domains for a child to be eligible for EI. In New York, children must have a 33% delay in one domain or 25% in two domains.

 

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program for children under the age of three who are either suspected of having or are at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. Potentially eligible children must be referred to the county program (NYC dial 311) to receive EIP services. EIP is funded by New York State and county governments. All EIP services are provided at no cost to parents. Health insurance may be used for approved services. A child’s eligibility for the program can be determined only by state-approved evaluators under contract, and all services must be authorized by the county.