The Early Intervention Program is a statewide program administered locally, providing a wide array of services to eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities or special needs, and their families.
Children must be less than 3 years of age to be eligible and have a confirmed disability or established developmental delay, as defined by the State, in one or more of these areas of development: physical, cognitive, communication, social-emotional, and/or adaptive.
Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County offers Early Intervention Program services: initial evaluation, supplemental evaluations and service provision. Our professional team includes: parents, Special Education teachers, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech/Language Pathologists. The team helps select services, which are provided in the child’s home, in a community setting such as day care or at the Community Rehabilitation Center in Lake Katrine (just north of Kingston), depending on the child’s needs.
Comprehensive Developmental Evaluation and Supplemental Evaluations
A Comprehensive Developmental Evaluation helps to determine if a child is eligible for Early Intervention services, and what types of services may be needed. This service provided by specialists from more than one area of development, will evaluate and test the child by:
- Observing the child at play, preferably in a natural setting.
- Reviewing health and medical problems
- Speaking with parents about concerns and what their child is like at home
- Obtaining developmental history; and administering individual tests
Home Based Programming provides visits by special education teachers and licensed therapists to a child and family at home, or in another natural setting, addressing education and therapeutic needs. Services include Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Special Instruction and other special services that may be needed.
Facility-Based Programming allows for therapeutic services to be provided at the Community Rehabilitation Center on a one-on-one basis for a child and their family.