NY State Early Intervention Services
Special Education is one of the support services offered to infants and toddlers by the New York Early Intervention Program (EI). The focus of these sessions is to help the child meet specified goals and achieve developmental milestones. Special Educators serve families in various ways to contribute to the cognitive and social development of the child. They aid in the design of the child’s natural environment and daily activities to promote the child’s attention, play, response to their environment, follow-through of directions, and more. These professionals use infant/toddler educational curriculums, activity sheets, and developmentally appropriate toys to facilitate learning and to target the use of learned skills throughout the child’s daily environment. Sessions are conducted alongside the parents/caregivers to guide and help them incorporate the different goals that their child is working on into the family’s routines.