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2841 Thousand Acre Rd.
Delanson, NY 12053
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395 North Grand St.
Cobleskill, NY 12043
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40 Henrietta Blvd.
Amsterdam, NY  12010
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Early Intervention

Whispering Pines Preschool is an approved New York State Early Intervention Service Provider for the statewide Early Intervention Program under Title II-A of Article 25 of the Public Health Law.*

Our home and community based Early Intervention Program provides therapy and education services to infants and toddlers with a disability or developmental delay.  Qualified professionals who are licensed, certified and/or registered in their discipline and approved by the state provide a variety of therapeutic and support services to the child and their family.

Services We Provide

  • Core Evaluations
  • Supplemental Evaluations
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Special Instruction
  • Ongoing Service Coordination – For Babies and Toddlers through Early Intervention – Ensuring you and your child receive services according to your Individualize Family Service Plan (IFSP).  The on-going Service Coordinator provides coordination of therapies, schedules regular reviews of the IFSP in which decisions are made to continue, add or delete outcomes, strategies and /or services. 

Early Intervention Services are family-centered, focusing on a collaborative or team effort between the family, community, special instructors/teachers and therapists.  Its purpose is directed towards meeting the child’s developmental needs and helping the parents/guardians learn ways to support and promote the child’s development.  

The Early Intervention Process

In order to determine the child's eligibility for services, a multidisciplinary core evaluation takes place.  This must be completed within forty-five days of the referral.  The purpose of the evaluation is to determine the child's strengths and needs.  The assessment takes place in the child's home, where the team member brings toys and test materials for administration in a familiar environment.   Evaluation may consist of interviews, checklists to be filled out by parents/guardians, play-based observations of the child, and standardized or informal tests, given by a variety of professionals. 

After the assessment, a meeting is held with the parents and all the professionals involved to discuss the results.  If the infant or toddler is determined to be eligible for early intervention services, the team, including the parents, will meet to write a plan for addressing the unique needs of the child and family.  The plan is called the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).  The IFSP must be reviewed every six months, or more often if needed, and a formal evaluation of the IFSP is completed each year, as the infant or toddler grows and progresses.  No services will be provided without the written consent of the parents.

Learn more about the various steps in the early intervention process

Any parent/guardian, professional or concerned individual who suspects a child, birth to age three, meets the criteria for the program may call Whispering Pines Preschool directly at 518-875-6141 for assistance in the referral process.  Our professional staff is always available to assist you with this process and all other phases of the program.  Additionally, contacts for local agencies are provided below to assist in referring your child directly to the county agency in which the Early Intervention Official (EIO) will guide you through the process.

*The New York State Early Intervention Program is part of the national Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. First created by Congress in 1986 under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Early Intervention Program is administered by the New York State Department of Health through the Bureau of Early Intervention.  In New York State, the Early Intervention Program is established in Article 25 of the Public Health Law and has been in effect since July 1, 1993.

To be eligible for services, children must be under 3 years of age and have a disability or developmental delay.  According to NY State, a developmental delay means that a child has not attained developmental milestones expected for the child’s age in one or more of the following areas of development: physical, cognitive, communication, social-emotional, and/or adaptive.  A disability means that a child has a diagnosed physical or mental condition that often leads to problems in development.  

Municipal/County Contacts for the Early Intervention Program

Albany County Health Department
112 State Street, Room 830
Albany, New York 12207
Main: 518-447-4820
Fax: 518-447-4855

Fulton County Public Health Department
PO Box 415
2714 State Highway 29
Johnstown, New York 12095-0415
Main: 518-736-5720
Fax: 518-762-1382

Montgomery County Public Health
PO Box 1500
Park Street County Annex Building
Fonda, New York 12068-1500
Main: 518-853-3531
Fax: 518-853-8218

Otsego County Health Department
County Office Building
197 Main Street
Cooperstown, New York 13326
Main: 607-547-6474
Fax: 607-547-6402

Saratoga County Public Health Nursing Service
31 Woodlawn Avenue
Saratoga Springs, New York 12866
Main: 518-584-7460, Ext. 390
Fax: 518-583-2498

Schenectady County Public Health Services
107 Nott Terrace, Suite 306
Schenectady, New York 12308
Main: 518-386-2815
Fax: 518-386-2801

Schoharie County Health Department
PO Box 667
276 Main Street
Schoharie, New York 12157
Main: 518-295-8705
Fax: 518-295-8435

* Please visit the New York State Department of Health web site for more information on the early intervention program.

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