The Early Intervention Program is a federal and state funded program for young children from birth to 3 years who have an identified developmental delay and require intervention.  In New York State, the Department of Health (DOH) is the lead agency responsible for the Early Intervention Program.  It is under their direction and approval that The Hagedorn Little Village School’s (HLVS) Early Intervention Program operates.  The program is provided at no direct cost to parents, though a child’s health insurance may be used to cover some of the costs.


The Early Intervention Program begins with a referral to the Nassau County Department of Health (NCDOH) to start the evaluation process.  The referral can be made directly by a parent by calling NCDOH at 516-227-8661.  The HLVS can also make the referral for the parent.


The evaluation is conducted by a multidisciplinary evaluation team. At least two evaluations will be conducted, one in the specific are of concern and one that serves as a baseline to see exactly how the child is developing across all domains of development.  The parent is given the opportunity to select a New York State approved evaluation site to conduct the evaluation. The HLVS is an approved evaluation site.

If a child is found eligible to receive services, NCDOH in collaboration with the parent will identify the necessary services and choose a service provider to deliver the services.  The HLVS is under contract with NCDOH to provide early intervention services. 

HLVS can provide the following Early Intervention services:

  • Special Instruction/Education
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Speech/Language Services - Speech therapists work individually with children to improve their speech and language, communication and oral motor abilities.  Goals of Speech Therapy include the improvement of: 
    • Receptive language
    • Expressive language
    • Pragmatic skills
    • Articulation
    • Feeding skills
  • Feeding Oral/Motor Therapy - Speech therapists work individually with children to increase and improve feeding abilities.  Goals of feeding therapy include:
    • Increasing strength and function of the oro-motor area including improving biting, chewing and swallowing skills
    •  Increasing bottle and cup drinking abilities
    •  Reducing food refusal
    •  Increasing food repertoire
  • Prompt Therapy - Speech therapists may be specifically trained to provide PROMPT therapy.   PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) is a system of tactile kinesthetic cues to guide motor movements in the production of speech sounds across sounds and words.  PROMPT is used to increase speech sound production and improve articulation for children experiencing motor speech difficulties.  
  • Audiology - An on-site Pediatric Audiologist performs prescribed audiological evaluations.  The school is equipped with soundproof testing booths and state-of-the art equipment, allowing hearing evaluations to be performed on children in their familiar school environment. Testing is performed in a sound field (without earphones) or with headphones to isolate separate ear responses.  Hearing related services include:
    • Tympanometry
    • Audiometry
    • Otoacoustic emissions
  • Physical Therapy - Physical therapists work individually with children to enhance their gross motor development through a variety of therapeutic interventions.  Goals of Physical Therapy include the improvement of:
    • Postural stability and control
    • Balance and coordination
    • Range of motion and flexibility
    • Muscle strength and edurance
    • Functional mobility
  • Occupational Therapy​ - ​Occupational therapists work individually with children to enhance their fine motor, visual motor, and sensory development through a variety of therapeutic interventions.  Goals of Occupational Therapy include the improvement of:
    • Sensory processing (sensory gymnasium on site)
    • Upper extremity strength and coordination
    • Grasping skills
    • Bilateral Coordination
    • Visual-motor skills
  • Social Work 
  • Family Training 
  • Parent Support Groups
  • Service Coordination
  • Center Based School Programs

These services may be provided in the family’s home, in a childcare setting, at a community location, or at HLVS.  The parent is responsible for fees associated with childcare settings or community locations.  For more information on these services and more please click on 
Overview of Our Program.

HLVS staff is licensed and certified by the State of New York.

Early Intervention in Nassau County

For More Information please contact:

Debi Karlinsky



​​Early Intervention Nassau County

Early Intervention Program

Early Intervention  

Early Intervention Suffolk County

Early Intervention Long Island


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