Early Intevention (Birth-3)

What's Early Intervention?

Early Intervention is a program offered nationwide designed to provide support to very young children who have demonstrated delays in development.  Services support normal family routines and are provided in natural settings for children.

The mission of the New York State Early Intervention Program is to identify and evaluate those infants and toddlers whose healthy development is compromised and provide  as early as possible appropriate intervention to improve child and family development.

To be eligible for services, children must be under three years of age and have a confirmed disability or 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.  Early Intervention services are available in every county in New York State.

RCN’s  Early Intervention developmental group is fully integrated in our toddler child care room, with two groups available. Call 273-4858 for more information.

Our certified therapists and teachers provide intervention to infants and toddlers in their homes or child care settings always keeping family priorities and involvement as a high priority.  RCN offers Special Instruction, Social Work, Vision services along with Speech, Occupational, and Physical therapies.

Read more about Early Intervention in New York State. 

Referrals

Today’s parents have access to so much information.  It is not uncommon for parents and family members to become concerned when their baby or toddler doesn’t seem to be developing according to expected milestones.

When you have a concern, the first thing to do is talk it over with your child’s pediatrician. Tell your doctor what you have observed and why you are concerned. There is a broad range of variability in the way babies develop.  Your child’s medical team screens all babies and toddlers to make sure they are on track.  Your doctor may reassure you or may encourage you to contact Early Intervention.

Eligibility for the program is determined by an evaluation. You can contact the Monroe County Early Intervention Program and ask to have your little one evaluated by calling 585-753-KIDS.  An Initial Service Coordinator will contact you to answer your questions and schedule an evaluation. This evaluation is free of charge, won’t hurt your child, and looks at his or her basic skills.

Based on that evaluation, your child may be eligible for Early Intervention services. If so, you will help to develop an Individualized Service Plan (IFSP) which will address your child’s special needs or delays.  There is a large menu of services offered in Early Intervention.  These include:

    • family education and counseling, home visits, and parent support groups
    • special instruction*
    • speech pathology and audiology*
    • occupational therapy*
    • physical therapy*
    • psychological services
    • service coordination
    • nursing services
    • nutrition services
    • social work services*
    • vision services*
    • assistive technology devices and services

*indicates services available through RCN.

 Click to get a copy of the Early Intervention Parent’s Guide from NYS

Special Instruction

NYS certified teachers provide services in your home, child care, or community setting to address learning in the area of cognitive and social skill development. Family participation in therapy sessions is the best way to be sure that your child will receive the maximum benefit from each encounter since you will be able to help your child play in ways that help him or her learn.

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Speech

Your child will receive Speech services from a NYS licensed Speech and Language Pathologist.  Together they will work on things like articulation (making specific sounds), fluency (not stuttering), oral motor strength and control (feeding, talking) and language (putting words together to communicate a thought).

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Occupational Therapy

A NYS licensed Occupational Therapist help your child learn to perform daily activities such as:

  • mastering self-care skills (like dressing, eating, toileting, and bathing)
  • completing fine motor tasks (picking up objects, completing puzzles, stringing beads, drawing)
  • responding well to the array of sensory experiences (touch, smell, sight, hearing, deep pressure, change in position).

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Physical Therapy

A NYS licensed Physical Therapist will help your child develop the strength, balance, and coordination needed to move safely from one place to another (roll, crawl, climb, walk, run).  Some children may use special devices to help them remain safe and independent (walker, orthotics, wheelchairs) at home and in the community.

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Vision

A Teacher of the Visually Impaired works with children who are blind or visually impaired and their families to identify how the child learns best and to teach them any necessary adaptations.  They identify toys that teach the child and help foster independence.  They show parents how the child can engage with other children out in the community.

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Social Work

A NYS licensed social worker can join the Early Intervention team to support a family in many ways. Supportive services provided by a social worker are unique to each family’s situation.  Those supports can include emotional support, identifying and coordinating community resources, parent education, counseling and crisis intervention.

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