Refer A Child
The NYC Early Intervention Program provides services for children with developmental delays. Evaluation services can include assessment by Special Educators, Psychologists, Speech and Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Nutritionists, Audiologists and others. An eligible youngster has access to a full range of home or community based services, including all of the abovementioned services plus Applied Behavior Analysis, Play Therapy, Social Work, Family Training and Team meetings. You don’t have to be an expert in child development to make a referral if you are concerned about child developmental delays.
- Infants and toddlers up to age three can be referred by anyone: their family, doctors, social service workers, childcare workers, community agencies, and others.
If you suspect that an infant or a toddler has a developmental delay or disability:
- In New York City, call 311, and say that you want to refer a child to the EIP.
- A service coordinator will be assigned to explain the program and help you choose an evaluation agency.
- If the evaluation determines EIP Eligibility, an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) meeting will be held. At the IFSP meeting, the family works with a team to develop goals and a plan that meets their child’s developmental needs. After the meeting early interventionists (teachers and therapists) will work with the family to help their child learn.
If you want to discuss the child’s development, and for us to better serve you, please provide the information below and a metrochildren’s expert will contact you.