Early Intervention Program Training

A major component of statewide early intervention programming is the provision of training to ensure capacity for service delivery to all eligible children and their families. Approved contractors offer training across the State using curricula/courses approved by the Department of Health. Training is provided to early intervention professionals and families.

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As required under EIP regulations, providers of service coordination services must participate in the introductory service coordination training session sponsored by the Department of Health.

Early Intervention Program Curricula/Courses

The following list provides brief descriptions of the curricula/courses offered through the Early Intervention (EI) Program. These training courses, presented in a traditional classroom format, help ensure that appropriate services are delivered to all eligible children and their families. Courses are intended for parents of children participating in EI; approved EI service coordinators, evaluators, and service providers; municipal representatives responsible for EI implementation; qualified personnel specified in EI regulations; primary referral sources; child care providers; and various academic faculty.

ASC – Advanced Service Coordination

This training examines complex EI-related issues (not covered in the Introductory Service Coordination training) that confront service coordinators. New information and strategies for effectively addressing complex and multiple issues that affect families and their services will be provided to service coordinators.

CD – Cultural Diversity

This course provides EI service providers and other stakeholders with an understanding of the cultural/linguistic differences and similarities among the diverse populations that need EI services. Topics include social customs/practices and effective methods to tactfully interact with families when coordinating EI services.

CPG – Clinical Practice Guidelines

This series of guidelines was developed to assist EI officials, providers, and families with improving the quality and appropriateness of EI services. The guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations for assessment and intervention for children birth to age three.

  • Autism/Pervasive Development Disorders (AU):

    This training provides recommendations for parents and professionals based on available scientific evidence about "best practices" for assessment and intervention for young children with autism and PDD.

  • Communication Disorders (CD):

    This training discusses developing an increased awareness of communication disorders, deviations from normal development, and indications for referral to the EI Program.

  • Down Syndrome (DS):

    This training focuses on the etiology of Down syndrome and its impact on development. Evidence-based clinical guidelines and strategies that stress favorable outcomes and promote informed decision making by the parents and professionals are provided.

  • Hearing Loss (HL):

    This training provides information regarding best practices in the identification and assessment of hearing loss and the medical/educational interventions available to young children diagnosed with hearing loss. Elements of a comprehensive assessment as well as what professionals and parents need to consider when determining communication modalities and amplification devices are discussed.

  • Motor Disorders (MD):

    This training focuses on the use and application of this guideline to develop an increased understanding of typical versus atypical motor development and the indicators for referral to the program.

  • Vision Impairment (VI):

    This training presents recommendations about best practices for assessment and intervention for children with vision impairments that are not correctable to at least the moderate low vision level.

EE – Overview of Evaluation and Eligibility

This training provides participants with comprehensive information about the evaluation and ongoing assessment processes in the Early Intervention Program, including the criteria for initial and ongoing eligibility determination.

EI 101 – EI 101: An Introduction to the New York State Early Intervention Program

The purpose of this training is to introduce participants to the NYS Early Intervention Program (EIP) including historical background, legislation, program mission, goals and key provisions, with an emphasis on practical information. The various steps of the program, referral, initial and ongoing service coordination, evaluation, Individualized Family Service Plan development and implementation, and transition will be presented. In addition, parental rights and procedural safeguards under the EIP will be explored.

ISC – Introduction to Service Coordination

This training provides service coordinators, EI providers, and parents with information that helps families of eligible children understand their rights, the procedural safeguards, and services authorized under the EI Program. Service coordination helps families identify and manage concerns, and develop plans and strategies to meet their needs. This is a required training that must be completed in the first three months, but no later than one year after, of direct or contractual employment as an early intervention service coordinator (10 NYCRR 69-4.4[b]).

ISF – Information Sessions for Families

This training provides participants with a basic understanding of the EI Program. Topics include the program's historic background, legislation, mission, goals, and key provisions. The course aims to assist participants with developing an understanding of the parent/EI service personnel partnership and to help participants recognize the importance of systematic planning for their children's needs.

IFSP – Individualized Family Service Plan Development

This course provides an opportunity for participants to explore and practice a family-centered, community-based approach for developing the IFSP and to develop a written plan for providing EI services to an eligible child.

NE – Natural Environments

This training includes the elements of the "natural environments" approach, specific strategies for integrating therapy into children's routines, and a variety of small group activities and case studies. A model program that is currently in use is discussed.

PPT – Early Intervention Parent Leadership Training Project

This training is for parents of infants and toddlers with disabilities currently receiving early intervention services. These training sessions provide information, resources, and skill-building activities designed to increase parent advocacy and leadership skills. Those interested in this training must apply for admittance to Family Initiative Coordination Services Project.

RP – Role of Physicians and Other Primary Health Care Providers

This training provides physicians and primary health care providers with information about the EI Program as it relates to screening, referral procedures, developmental milestones and surveillance, multidisciplinary evaluation and eligibility, and the IFSP. In addition, participants will learn about their role in the EI system, including maintaining ongoing involvement as a member of the child/family's EI team.

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