Early Intervention—The Family Connection

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Early Intervention—The Family Connection 2017-07-27T17:13:35+00:00
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Cedarwood Hall, Valhalla, NY
(914) 493-8719
EarlyIntervention@WIHD.org

Early Intervention—The Family Connection at WIHD

The Family Connection Program at the Westchester Institute for Human Development is approved by New York State and has a contract with Westchester County to provide Early Intervention service coordination services. Service coordination is provided by professionals who also are parents of children with disabilities. Families receive assistance from service coordinators in obtaining, coordinating and monitoring services received as well as accessing community resources.

EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICE COORDINATION PROGRAM-THE FAMILY CONNECTION

Overview of the Early Intervention Program (Birth to age 3) Every child deserves the best possible start. We aim to achieve this by supporting families as they nurture their child’s development. That means timely identification of developmental delays and disabilities and early intervention when it is needed. The Family Connection Program at the Westchester Institute for Human Development is approved by New York State and has a contract with Westchester County to provide Early Intervention service coordination services. Service coordination is provided by professionals who also are either parents of children with disabilities or siblings. Families receive assistance from service coordinators in obtaining, coordinating and monitoring services received as well as accessing community resources. The EIP (Early Intervention Program) is funded by New York State and Westchester County government. All EIP services are provided at no cost to parents. Your health insurance may be used to cover some of those costs. Early intervention services are provided where it’s best for the child – in places such as your home, day care, or other community settings. The EIP covers the cost of Early Intervention services only. The EIP does not pay for day care or other fees charged by community settings.

THE FAMILY CONNECTION SERVICE COORDINATION PROGRAM

This program offers two types of comprehensive services which assist families throughout their early intervention experience. Our services are provided in the following languages: English, Spanish, Hindi and Malayalam.

  •  Initial service coordinators guide the family through the process of determining eligibility of services from the initial evaluations to the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).
  • Ongoing service coordinators maintain a continuing relationship with the family to monitor the delivery of services stated within the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), make adjustments to the plan as needed and assist the family to prepare for transition of the child into the school district’s Committee of Preschool Special Education (CPSE), if appropriate.

Meet Our Early Intervention—The Family Connection Team

BARBARA STEIN, MAT
Director of Services

Ms. Stein joined WIHD in 1993 as an Early Intervention Service Coordinator and now serves as the Director of Services. She has provided extensive training for Early Intervention staff at WIHD and for community professionals through the Westchester County Department of Health. She is a contributing faculty member in the LEND program at WIHD sharing the Family Partnerships Curriculum Module and is guest faculty for the special education program at Manhattanville College. Ms. Stein is a graduate of the Partners in Policymaking training. She has served as a parent member of the Committee on Special Education for her school district and is a long-time volunteer and leader for the Parent Assistance Committee on Down Syndrome. As a community resource specialist, she has provided one-to-one support for families through Parent to Parent of New York State. Ms. Stein continues to be committed to creating partnerships between families and professionals, and to integrate a family perspective in training professionals.

Our staff is dedicated to assure family-centered care for all of the families we serve. We recognize that family-professional partnerships are essential by acknowledging each family’s strengths, cultures and expertise. We view each family uniquely and promote family satisfaction by listening, being accessible and responsive. Our services are provided in the following languages: English, Spanish, Hindi and Malayalam. CLICK HERE FOR A PDF WITH MORE INFORMATION