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 or pre-school is provided for free by the Early Intervention.
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, English, Chinese, ASL or Russian). Our evaluation team includes:
- Bilingual Speech and Language Pathologists
- Bilingual Special Education Teacher
- Audiologist for Hearing Assessments
- Pediatric ENT (ear, nose, throat doctor)
- Pediatric Ophthalmologist (eye doctor)
- Social Worker
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
How do I enroll my child?
To have your child evaluated at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, contact Stacy Marino, LMSW 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.