An infant or toddler from birth to age 3 who is suspected of having a developmental disability/delay is entitled to an assessment to determine eligibility of New York State Early Intervention services.

What is an Early Intervention Core Evaluation?

This evaluation is used to determine a child’s initial and ongoing eligibility for services. Our evaluators utilize the most comprehensive and up to date assessment tools to determine the child’s developmental skill level in all areas. In addition to formal testing tools, evaluators use clinical observations, professional judgment, and parent report to perform the evaluation.

Where is the Early Intervention Core Evaluation performed?

At Finger Lakes Therapy Works, we generally conduct evaluations in the child’s home, daycare or community setting they are most comfortable in. This helps to ensure that our evaluators obtain the most accurate assessment of each child’s abilities. The Finger Lakes Therapy Works evaluation team will go to the location chosen by the parents/guardians to conduct the evaluation. The team will gather background information and utilize various assessment tools to test the child’s developmental level in all areas.

Who performs the evaluation?

Finger Lakes Therapy Works’ evaluation team is specially trained to assess the needs of children of all ages in all areas of development. Areas that will be assessed include: cognitive development, physical development, including vision and hearing, communication development, social-emotional development and adaptive development. The evaluation will consist of 2 or more qualified personnel from different disciplines who have expertise in child development. The qualified personnel all have advanced degrees, New York state licenses and or certifications in their area of expertise.

Qualified Personnel include, but are not limited to:

  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Special Educators
  • School Psychologists
  • Fluency, Assistive Technology, Feeding/Swallowing Specialists

How can I have my child evaluated?

The Early Intervention 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. EIP is funded by New York State and county governments. If eligible, services are provided at no cost to the families.

To refer children ages birth to three to the EIP you should call your local County Health Department or call the Growing Up Healthy Hotline at 1-800-522-5006.

A list of approved evaluation sites will be provided by the Health Department. The parents/guardians choose which agency will complete the evaluation and schedule an appointment.

A child’s eligibility for the EIP can be determined only by state-approved evaluators under contract, and all services must be authorized by the county.

What happens after the evaluation is completed?

Upon completion of the evaluation, the team will share their results with the family, answering any questions and addressing all concerns the family may have. This discussion may result in determining whether the child is eligible for funding of services through the Early Intervention Program. The results of the evaluation are then composed into a detailed multidisciplinary written report containing testing results and observations, made during the evaluation, and distributed to the parents. With the parents’ written permission, the report is also shared with any appropriate providers, and a file copy is retained in our agency records.