Evaluation & Early Intervention
What is Early Intervention?
Early Intervention is a statewide program that provides a variety of services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. In New York State, the Department of Health is the lead state agency responsible for the Early Intervention Program.
To be eligible for services, children must be under 3 years of age and have a confirmed disability or an established developmental delay, as defined by the State, in one or more of the following areas of development: physical, cognitive, communication, social-emotional, and/or adaptive.
DDI’s Early Childhood Learning Centers offer a full complement of services at home, in the community, and/or at our center. We offer a nurturing environment, utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, to foster growth and development in young learners.
Services include special instruction, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and family education and support.
First Steps to Receiving Early Intervention Services
Your first step into the Early Intervention Program begins with a referral to your County's Early Intervention Official (EIO). A referral can be made by the child's parents or pediatrician.
- Nassau County Department of Health: (516) 227-8661
- Suffolk County Department of Health: (631) 853-3100
Services for all eligible children are provided at no cost to families. Funding for the Early Intervention program is through New York State Department of Health and Nassau and Suffolk Department of Health.
If you require further information and assistance in making a referral, DDI can guide you through the referral process.
Loyda Mastrelli, Evaluation Coordinator
Ronkonkoma and Medford Campuses
Jeanne Rubbo, Evaluation Coordinator