Does My Child Need Services?
No one knows a child better than his or her parents or primary caregivers. Again and again we have been told by parents and caregivers of children with developmental challenges that they “knew something was not right.” Do not disregard your instincts or concerns. They could enable you to get your child the help he or she might need at the earliest possible time, when it will be most effective.
If you suspect your child is not developing – talking, moving, thinking, playing or relating – at the same rate as most other children his or her age, or if he or she is displaying other worrisome behaviors, you may wish to consult the guidelines for typical development presented in the following links:
If you still have concerns, express them to your pediatrician, who may reassure you that children develop at different rates and yours falls within the normal range. If, however, you or your doctor believe your child is exhibiting atypical development or delays, you are entitled to have him or her professionally evaluated, at no cost to you. An evaluation is the first step to gaining eligibility for government-funded special education and therapeutic services.
If you have questions or would like information about referring your child for an evaluation or services, please contact our Intake Department at 212-752-7575, ext. 312
“It's our responsibility to provide information to the parent about
the entire process prior to a child getting services. We try to be
not just informative but also, understanding and sensitive, and we always explain what comes next.”