Children's Day Program
What is the School-Age Program?
The School Age Education Program, called Children’s Day Program, serves students age 5 to 21who have an identified developmental delay or disability. The school-aged program serves students with a diagnosis of autism, intellectual disabilities, or multiple disabilities.
We serve students with no regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, national origin or sponsor. We welcome diversity.
What Services are Available through Children's Day Program?
In two school campuses, all class groupings of 6 students are taught by one teacher and three teaching assistants. There is one class of 12 students with one teacher and 4 teaching assistants.
Related services (Speech, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Prevocational/Transition Services, and Psychological Services) are pushed into the students’ environment so everyone working with the student can generalize the target skills in the context of functional activities.
Programmatic services include a curriculum coordinator, Adapted Physical Education, Art, Music and Technology services and community outings.
Clinical supports include Behavior Support Workers, Behavior Specialists, Clinical Coordinators, and Psychologists. Our program is overseen by Board Certified Behavior Analysts.
How Do I Refer My Child to the Children’s Day Program?
Students attend the Children’s Day Program (CDP) at the approval of the students’ home school districts.
Referral packets are sent to the CDP by school districts after there has been a CSE meeting during which a decision to explore DDI as a possible educational placement has been made. When we receive an appropriate referral, the student and family are invited to come in for a screening by a Transdisciplinary Screening Team.
Screenings and admissions to the program are carried out throughout the year. DDI teachers, therapists, and behavior specialists work with the Committee on Special Education (CSE) and parent to develop or modify appropriate IEP goals for students once they enter the program. A CSE meeting will be scheduled within 4-6 weeks after admission in order to discuss goals with the team.
No student shall be required to obtain a prescription for a drug or other substance as a condition of attending our school.
If you require further information or assistance in making a referral, please contact:
Huntington Campus (Students Ages 5-21)
Alysa Schiff, Social Worker
Smithtown Campus (Students Ages 14-21)
Kiera Essling, Social Worker