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Early Intervention Evaluations


Early Intervention Evaluations (EI)

The Early Intervention Program is a statewide program designed to help families navigate the evaluation process in case of a suspected delays in children birth- 3 years old.  Based on the outcome of the evaluation special services may be recommended for the child.  The county of parental residence has full financial responsibility for these evaluations and services and presents no cost to families.  Early Intervention services are proven to be beneficial for children who face special challenges.  They also help families learn the best way to promote a child’s development and care.

Upon referring your child for an evaluation through the county, you will be assigned a service coordinator to help guide you through the process and to provide you with a list of evaluators.  Advanced Therapy is an approved agency in the following counties:

Approved Counties

  • Albany County
  • Columbia County
  • Dutchess County
  • Greene County
  • Montgomery County
  • Otsego County
  • Rensselaer County
  • Saratoga County
  • Schenectady County
  • Schoharie County
  • Ulster County
  • Washington County

Our professionals are specifically trained in early childhood testing and evaluation.  Typically a multidisciplinary team (more than one professional) conducts the evaluation on a date, time and location preferable to the parent.  A meeting will take place immediately following with the service coordinator or be scheduled at a later date.   The team is responsible for the explanation of all tests used, findings, a child’s strengths and needs.  Special services may be recommended dependent on the determination of the team and the service coordinator.  If this is the case an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) will be developed to be used for implementation and coordination of services.


Preschool Evaluations

Preschool aged children (3-5 years) may be referred to their school district Preschool Special Education Department (CPSE) if a developmental delay is suspected.  This referral can be made in writing by either the parent, caregiver, physician or teacher, however the consent to evaluate must be given by the parent.  Upon receipt of the parental consent in writing, the CPSE must meet within 60 days to review findings.  Referrals include information about the area(s) of concern, family background, medical history and any previous evaluations.  Information provided by the parent is extremely helpful to evaluators in order to get a clear understanding of a child’s strengths, needs, interests and life experiences.

Parents typically choose an evaluator from a list provided by the school district’s CPSE.  Advanced Therapy is an approved agency in 12 counties and in over 30 school districts.

The evaluation encompasses functional areas related to:  cognitive ability, language and communication, adaptive, social-emotional and motor development.  These are the areas tested in order to determine a child’s individual needs. Evaluations include various assessment tools and strategies depending on the area of testing.  The following professionals administer tests according to the request in the referral:  Psychologist, Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapist.  Advanced Therapy can also test for Visual impairment (TVI), Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TBD) and Special Education.  Our evaluators contact the parent to discuss the process and schedule the evaluation.  Testing may be done in the school setting or the home as preferred by the parent.  Testing results will be discussed with the parent upon completion of assessment.  A comprehensive report is mailed to the parent, school district and county of residence.  The county/school district assumes all financial responsibility for these evaluations. There is no cost to the family.

Upon receipt of the report the CPSE will schedule a meeting that includes the parent, county representative, at least one evaluator and any other participants deemed necessary.  Testing results are discussed the team which includes parents determine the level of services necessary.  The school district reserves the right to make the final determination of eligibility of special services.

At Advanced Therapy we recognize that the evaluation process can be a stressful one for families.  We make every effort to fully inform the parent of the process and are available for any questions or concern throughout.  Our goal is to deliver the highest quality of evaluations in a timely manner that addresses the needs of the child in a kind and respectful manner.

 

Approved Counties

  • Albany County
  • Columbia County
  • Dutchess County
  • Fulton County
  • Greene County
  • Montgomery County
  • Otsego County
  • Rensselaer County
  • Saratoga County
  • Schenectady County
  • Schoharie County

Advanced Therapy P.L.L.C.
One Rapp Road
Albany, NY, 12203

Phone: (518) 867-3061
Tollfree: 1-877-984-3727
Fax: (518) 867-3066