Early Intervention is a voluntary program to evaluate and treat children under three years of age with suspected developmental delays, at no cost to the family. Parents might be referred to the Early Intervention Program if their infant or toddler is developing slower than normally in one or more areas, such as speech, motor functioning, or physical development (including vision and hearing).
After a CORE assessment, a series of evaluations to determine the child's strengths and weaknesses, therapy services can be provided either at the hospital, in the home, or at a preschool near home to help these delays. The ultimate goal of Early Intervention services is to empower the parents to assist their children in realizing their full potential.
How does my child get to therapy?
Transportation to center-based therapies at the hospital is provided for free by the Early Intervention Program.
Can I have my child evaluated at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai?
Yes. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary can provide your child with a free evaluation in the dominant language of the home (including Spanish). Our evaluation team includes:
- Bilingual Speech and Language Pathologists
- Audiologist for Hearing Assessments
- Pediatric ENT (ear, nose, throat doctor)
- Social Worker
- Physical Therapy Evaluation
How do I enroll my child?
To have your child evaluated at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, contact us at (212) 979-4621.
Our Early Intervention Program* is funded and regulated by the New York State Department of Health and, in Manhattan (New York City)*, by the New York City Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Alcoholism Services. We are authorized to service children from the five boroughs of New York City; however we can assist in referrals to Early Intervention statewide.
*NY State Early Intervention Program -The Early Interventional Program (EIP) is a public program for children under the age of three who are either suspected of having or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities.
Potentially eligible children must be referred to the county program (in New York City, dial 311) to receive EIP services. EIP is funded by New York State and county governments.
All EIP services are provided at no cost to parents. Health insurance may be used for appropriate services. A child’s eligibility for the program can be determined only by state-approved evaluators under contract, and all services must be authorized by the county.