Evaluations and Services Offered

How to refer your child for an evaluation:

If you would like to discuss a concern about your child's development, please feel free to call us in the office at (516) 827-1970.  One of our licensed professionals would be happy to discuss your concerns and if you decide to proceed, we can help you start the referral process to the Nassau County Early Intervention Program.  Another way for you to start the referral process is for you to call the Nassau County Early Intervention Program directly at (516) 227-8661.

Evaluations

If you or your child’s doctor suspect that your child is not meeting one or more developmental milestones in an appropriate manner, you may request that your child be evaluated to determine if his/her development is age appropriate. This evaluation, performed in your home, consists of tests, discussion with you about your child, and observations of your child to determine if he or she qualifies for Early Intervention services.  Evaluations and therapeutic services are offered at no out of pocket cost to families, but health insurance may be accessed for reimbursement for Early Intervention services provided to eligible children and their families. The Early Intervention Program is administered and funded by the New York State Department of Health and Nassau County. 

After a referral is made, your case is then assigned to a Service Coordinator who will meet with you and explain the Early Intervention Program and your rights. The Service Coordinator will initiate the evaluation process and will set a date for an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) meeting to take place to discuss the results of the evaluation with you.

As a parent/caregiver, you will be given an opportunity to select a New York State Approved Early Intervention Agency to conduct the evaluation of your child. Children’s Speech and Rehabilitation Therapy is a NYS Approved Provider of Early Intervention evaluations and services and is under contract with Nassau County.  

The evaluation process consists of two or more evaluations. One evaluation is in the specific area of concern. The other evaluation is considered a developmental evaluation which will examine the five main domains of development (communication, cognition, adaptive skills, social-emotional skills, and physical development). Supplemental evaluations may also be suggested by the team. The evaluator will also inquire about your child's health, birth history and milestones achieved. If your child meets the criteria for Early Intervention services, the IFSP meeting will take place in your home, where your service coordinator and a representative from the evaluation team will discuss your goals for your child and incorporate these goals and strategies into an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).

If a child is found eligible for services through the Early Intervention Program, all services are identified in collaboration with the family and must be authorized by the municipality. The municipality will arrange for service providers to deliver services. Families are responsible for arranging for and paying the costs of any child care or community based setting in which the child may be enrolled.

For children who are not found eligible for Early Intervention services, parents are advised to seek a re-evaluation at a later date, if progress is not seen or if parents  have continuing concerns.

Services Offered

If the evaluation reveals a need for Early Intervention services, at Children's Speech and Rehabilitation Therapy, we will work with the family to develop a therapeutic plan to address the child’s needs.  This plan, called an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) will detail all of the services the child may receive.  This may include:

Speech-Language Therapy (may include PROMPT, Feeding Therapy, and/or Oral Motor)

Special Instruction/Education (including Applied Behavior Analysis [ABA Services])

Occupational Therapy (sensory and fine motor)

Physical Therapy

Nutritional Counseling

Counseling/Social Work

Audiological Evaluations

Family Training

Professional therapists, educators and counselors work closely with your Service Coordinator and parents to set goals for each child, monitor progress, and update the programs as needed.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has become a preferred method of treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

ABA is an individualized, structured, data-based approach to promote the development of social and educational skills for children with autism spectrum disorder.  Research shows that this systematic approach can provide measurable, long-lasting improvements in the behaviors and learning of children on the autism spectrum.

We incorporate a team-based approach that allows professionals to design, implement, assess and update programs that address each child’s specific needs and learning style. Critical communication, academic, social, and behavioral skills are taught utilizing the research-proven principles of ABA to encourage generalization of appropriate behaviors and learning.