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Frequently Asked Questions About Early Intervention (EI)

Who is eligible?

Children who are eligible for an evaluation are between the ages of 0-3 years old, suspected of having developmental delay or children who have a diagnosed condition which leads to a developmental delay.

How do I refer my child?

All referrals should be made to the Division of Services for Children with Special Needs by calling the referral line at (631) 853-3100.

Where can I get my child evaluated?

A Service Coordinator from the Suffolk County Department of Health will bring the family a list of approved evaluators.

The Therapy Center for Children has a contract with Suffolk County to provide these evaluations and services for Early Intervention (EI) and Preschool Special Education.

How do I know which agency is right for me?

The best way to find an agency you will be comfortable with is to ask family and friends about their experiences. You can also ask your pediatrician if they have anyone they would recommend. When you receive the list of agencies from the county, you can call multiple companies to ask questions in an effort to get a feel for each one.

What if my child is over 3 years old?

If you have concerns for your child, but he or she is are over the age cut off for early intervention, you can go through your school district to get tested. The Therapy Center for Children has a contract with Suffolk County to provide speech services, occupational therapy and physical therapy services for pre-school age children.

What if I don’t have health insurance? How much will I have to pay?

There is no out of pocket cost to families for services or evaluations. Early Intervention will ask for your insurance to help pay the cost of services; however if you don’t have any there is still no cost to you. All services are subsidized by the county.

What if my child was already evaluated and did not apply for EI but I still have concerns?

It is common to wait three months and have your child tested again; it is the parents’ right to have their child tested again if they feel necessary. The Therapy Center for Children also provides private services. Please feel free to ask us about that if your child does not qualify for services.

Can my child receive services at a daycare center or babysitters house?

Yes, it is up to you where your child receives services. Services can even be provided in a park or beach, for example.

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