Early Intervention Evaluation - Suffolk County New York

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The first three years of life are the most crucial period of growth and development. It is during this time that young children explore and grow, learn to move, communicate, and develop a sense of independence. All children grow and learn at different rates, however, some children may appear to achieve developmental milestones later than anticipated.



What are Early Intervention Services?

Programs that provide Early Intervention Services have been established across New York State to address the needs of infants and toddlers, ages birth to three years who are suspected of having developmental delays. With over 27 years experience as an Early Intervention service provider, Alternatives For Children has provided services to over 10,000 children and families. Our Early Intervention evaluators and Early Intervention professionals help your child grow, explore, learn to move, communicate, and develop a sense of independence, while sharing with you the tools you need to support and promote your child’s development.

Alternatives For Children is approved by the New York State Department of Health as an Early Intervention Service Provider under contract with Nassau & Suffolk Counties.

Programs that provide Early Intervention Services are regulated and funded by the New York State Department of Health, along with Suffolk and Nassau Counties’ Division of Services for Children with Special Needs.

What Children Need Early Help?

If you feel your child is delayed in achieving developmental milestones, you should speak with your child’s pediatrician about your concerns.


Who Do I Call if My Child is Suspected of Having a Developmental Delay?

Alternatives For Children
Phone: 631-331-6400 OR 631-271-0777

Suffolk County Health Department
Division of Services for Children with Special Needs
Phone: 631-853-3100

Nassau County Health Department

Division of Services for Children with Special Needs
Phone: 516-227-8661

Growing Up Healthy Hotline
Phone: 1-800-522-5006

The Referral Process

Trained professionals, in collaboration with parents, assess a child’s current development. If the evaluation determines that the child is eligible for Early Intervention services, a multidisciplinary team of professionals will work together with the child’s family to tailor an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) that best serves the needs of the child. Service providers, are then contacted, as authorized, to implement the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) to stimulate the child’s growth and development.


What services are provided through the Early Intervention Program?

Alternatives for Children provides a broad spectrum of educational, therapeutic, and support services through its Early Intervention Program. These services are provided at no out of pocket cost to families. Your child’s Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), their specially planned program, may call for some of the following services:

  • Assistive Technology Devices/Services
  • Audiological Services
  • Family Training and Counseling
  • Home Visits and Parent Support Groups
  • Health Services
  • Medical Services for Diagnosis
  • Nursing Services
  • Nutrition Services
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Parent/Child Developmental Groups
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychological Counseling and Services
  • Service Coordination
  • Social Work Services
  • Speech/Language Therapy
  • Vision Services
  • Transportation for IFSP eligible children

A child’s eligibility for Early Intervention Services is determined only by NYS approved Early Intervention Evaluators under contract with the County.


Who are the Alternatives For Children Early Intervention Program Professionals?

For over twenty seven years families have come to Alternatives For Children to receive the most appropriate care and services for their children. Alternatives For Children has developed a full complement of in home, community-based and center-based services for children, assuring that they have the tools and experiences necessary to build the foundation that will support them for the rest of their lives.

Special Instruction is provided by New York State dually certified special education early childhood teachers. Therapeutic services are provided by specially trained, licensed/certified therapists. In addition, counseling and social work services are provided by licensed/certified psychologists and social workers.

Where are Early Intervention Services Provided?

Alternatives for Children provides Early Intervention services throughout Suffolk and Nassau Counties, in your home, child care setting, community setting (library), or in one of our four centers. Our professionals provide services at times and locations that are convenient for families.

Services for eligible children are provided at no out of pocket cost to families. Family Health Insurance may be accessed for reimbursement of services. If Early Intervention services are delivered in a childcare setting or community location that requires a fee, the family is responsible for paying any associated costs providing access to the child care or community location.


Alternatives For Children is approved by the New York State Department of Health as an Early Intervention Evaluation Site and Provider of Early Intervention Services under contract with Suffolk & Nassau Counties.


Early Intervention programs are regulated and funded by the New York State Department of Health and Suffolk and Nassau Counties’ Division of Services for Children with Special Needs.

Primarily 2s IFSP Class

Our Primarily 2s IFSP Class, based from Alternatives For Children in both Dix Hills and East Setauket, will provide Early Intervention services delivered in a group setting to eligible children. This group will provide opportunities for children to practice and generalize skills learned in individual services. Multidisciplinary learning experiences will be provided to address the individual needs of each child.The Primarily 2s IFSP class is staffed by certified Early Intervention Special Instructors and Teacher Assistants. Using a team approach, teachers and therapists are responsive to a child’s and family’s individual needs and IFSP outcomes. Children needing speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or other services approved by their IFSP will receive these services at Alternatives For Children in Dix Hills or East Setauket.