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Early Intervention Program


Parents of children newborn through age 3 who have a premature child or who feel that their child’s development is lagging behind that of his or her peers can contact the NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene Bureau of Early Intervention to access the Early Intervention Program. The NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene Bureau of Early Intervention telephone # for referral of a child is 718-722-3310.

Yeled V’Yalda E.C.C. is approved and under contract with the NYS Department of Health and NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene to provide Early Intervention services. The scope of Services which YVY is approved and contracted is Service Coordination, Evaluation, and Services. YVY provides both core and supplemental evaluations to infants and toddlers. All evaluations are conducted in the dominant language of the family. Eligibility for Early Intervention Services can only be determined by a NYS approved evaluator under contract with the NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene.
All Early Intervention Services are provided at no out of pocket costs to parents, but health insurance may be accessed for Early Intervention services provided to families and children. If the child is found eligible for Early Intervention Services those services are identified in collaboration with the parent and must be authorized by the NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene Bureau of Early Intervention. The NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene Bureau of Early Intervention will arrange for service providers considering the individual needs of the child and family and to deliver those services as authorized by NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene Bureau of Early Intervention.
YVY’s highly- skilled state- licensed staff provides bilingual and monolingual evaluations and therapy services. The recommendations of the evaluators to address the developmental needs of the child are incorporated into an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) with the parents' input. YVY Service Coordinators are sensitive to parents’ concerns and are well-versed in the kinds of resources available to children. Parents and caregivers then work with service professionals to support the goals of the IFSP and are encouraged to follow through with supporting activities between therapy visits.
Services children can receive through the EIP include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, special education/special instruction, counseling, family training, nutrition services, and vision therapy. Services take place in the natural environment of the child, whether in a day care center or at home. In the event that services take place in a child care setting or community setting that requires a fee, the parent is responsible to pay any associated cost with such access to child care and community setting.

EI therapists are also trained in specialty areas such as sensory integration, brain gym, cognitive therapy, social skills training, voice disorders, oral-motor deficiencies, fluency, kinesio taping, and Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) training

Service coordination is an added service parents receive when referring their infant or toddler to the EI program. YVY Service Coordinators, who are well-versed in the kinds of resources available to children, work with parents to accommodate their needs with sensitivity and always respect their confidentiality.