Early Help Makes a BIG DIFFERENCE!
Ability Builders for Children, LLC is an NYS approved provider of early intervention services.
The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program for infants and toddlers with special needs. Children with diagnosed conditions that lead to developmental delays (such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, etc.) are eligible for the EIP. Children with no diagnosis who have delays in development may be eligible for the EIP if their delays are serious enough.
If you have concerns about your child’s development, you can call the Early Intervention Program in your area to refer your child (if you live in New York City call 311, in Nassau County call 516.227.8661, and in Suffolk County call 631.853.3100).
Someone else can help you make the referral to the Early Intervention Program if you wish. If your child is found to be eligible for services by someone approved to perform this evaluation, you, your county’s staff representative, and other team members will make a plan to help your child – and your family.
Early Intervention services in your IFSP authorized by your county are provided at no cost to you. Your county will arrange for the services to be provided and will choose the provider based on the needs of your child and family. Your child’s health insurance may be used to cover some of the costs. All other costs for EIP services are paid for by your county and New York State.
Early intervention services are provided where it’s best for your child – in places such as your home, day care, or other community settings. The EIP covers the cost of early intervention services only. The EIP does not pay for the day care or other fees charged by community settings.
What is embedded coaching?
Embedded coaching is providing therapy in the context of day-to-day activities with the main objective of teaching the parent or caregiver specific techniques that he/she can then use when the therapist leaves.
In other words, intervention or therapy is embedded in normal daily activities and the interventionist is the "coach" transferrring know-how to the parent who takes the role of the "coachee."
In New York City, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has been at the forefront of introducing family-centered, evidenced-based practice in Early Intervention including embeeded coaching. Below are some links to very helpful materials provided by NYC DOHM.