Your child may be eligible for the following therapeutic home community services:
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Occupational therapy (OT)
Physical therapy (PT)
Special instruction (SI)
Speech-language pathology (ST)
Social work services (SW)
If your child is found eligible to receive any of the aforementioned services with the Early Intervention Program, you will meet with a city official to discuss which services will be authorized for your child and where they will be provided.
These services are most often provided in the child’s home, but can also take place in a day care or another setting that is a natural environment for the child.
Call us today at (718) 375-2505 to find out more about our home-based services!
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a methodology used for treating children who have received a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. ABA is the science of understanding how people learn from their environments, and how changes in the environment can help people develop new skills or habits that will be helpful to them within their daily lives. Using their knowledge of ABA principles (such as positive reinforcement), ABA providers implement a variety of strategies and techniques to support children’s learning. ABA sessions often involve some structured one to one teaching, direct observation and measurement of behaviors, parent coaching elements, as well as opportunities for children to learn through play and other natural routines and activities.
Occupational therapy (OT) includes services geared towards developing adaptive and self-help skills with a focus on developing skills related to daily living. Such skills include appropriate play and interaction, sensory-motor integration, coordination of movement, fine motor skills, self-help skills (including feeding), and may include adaptive devices or equipment to help the child in these activities. These services are designed to improve the child’s functional ability to perform tasks in home, school, and community settings while creating an individualized therapeutic program to meet the needs of each child.
Special instruction (SI) focuses on infant/toddler development and ways to promote development. This includes the design of learning environments and activities that promote the child’s acquisition of skills in a variety of developmental areas, including cognitive processes and social interaction; providing families and any primary caregivers (e.g., child care providers) with information, skills and support related to enhancing the skill development of the child; and working with the child directly to enhance the child’s development and improve their social and symbolic play skills.
Service Coordination focuses on providing families assistance, support, and information through a service coordinator in order to enable an eligible child and the child’s family to receive the rights, procedural safeguards and services that are authorized to be provided under the Early Intervention Program. Service coordinators ensure that the family is well informed of their rights, opportunities and responsibilities within the program. They assist the family in assuming an advocacy role for their child and they assist the family to develop, monitor and revise the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) to include appropriate outcomes and services that are family centered and supportive of the family’s lifestyle and schedule. Service Coordinators work with the family to identify and plan for transitions within and out of Early Intervention.
Nutrition services include conducting individual assessments in nutritional history and dietary intake; measurements/proportions, clinical variables; feeding skills and feeding problems; and, food habits and food preferences; developing and monitoring appropriate plans to address the nutritional needs of eligible children; and making referrals to appropriate community resources to carry out nutritional goals.
Physical therapy (PT) focuses on the development of gross motor skills and the ability for a child to move and effectively use his/her arms, legs, trunk and head. Our physical therapists seek to advance a child’s balance, mobility, and gross motor acquisition through various therapy modalities. These services include screening, evaluation, and assessment of infants and toddlers to identify movement dysfunction; obtaining, interpreting, and integrating information appropriate to program planning to prevent, alleviate, or compensate for movement dysfunction and related functional problems; and providing individual services or treatment to prevent, alleviate, or compensate for movement dysfunction and related functional problems.
Speech-language pathology (ST) focuses on the development of functional communication including the use of intention, pragmatics, sound production, comprehension, and oral-motor development. Speech therapy focuses on receptive (understanding what is said) and expressive (being able to speak so that others can understand) communication. Our goal is to increase communication skills for the children we serve. Our speech therapists may also be involved with the child’s feeding program.
Psychological services focus on a child’s learning and social/emotional development. Such services include administering psychological/developmental assessments, planning and managing a program of psychological services which may include psychological counseling for children and parents, family counseling, and providing parent training and education programs specifically tailored to the child’s developmental needs.
Social work services (SW) support the family by providing individual and family-group counseling with parents and other family members in order to assist them in resolving difficulties or concerns that interfere with or prevent the child from participating fully in early intervention services. Social Work services depend on the needs of a given family, and may include various approaches including family counseling and linking the family with resources or other services in their community.