Early Intervention (EI) Program: Giving Toddlers a Strong Start

The Early Intervention Program serves children diagnosed with autism and developmental disabilities, 36 months of age or younger at the time of referral. This program is based on a strong parent-professional partnership. Individualized services focus on learning readiness; language; play; family participation; daily routines relevant to eating, sleeping, and bathing; and other areas jointly identified by SKHOV professionals and parents. Through EI, children with developmental delays and autism receive education, therapeutic, service coordination and evaluation in the five boroughs of New York City. Programs are based on the child’s Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and are designed to involve the family in all aspects of the child’s program. Intensive applied behavior analysis is the method of therapy.

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program for children under the age of three who are either suspected of having or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. Potentially eligible children must be referred to the NYC Early Intervention Program, to receive EIP services. In NYC, call 3-1-1 to refer a child to Early Intervention or the Totline telephone number at: (800) 577-2229. EIP is funded by New York State and county governments. All EIP services are provided at no cost to parents. Health insurance may be used for approved services. A child’s eligibility for the program can be determined only by state-approved evaluators under contract, and all services must be authorized by the county.

For EI Referrals call 311 or (800) 577-2229

For more information contact – Wilma Gutierrez
Tel: (718) 829-7744 ex.111 Fax: (718) 829-7745
Email: wgutierrez@skhov.org