Coronavirus: Type COVID-19 Alert
There has been a lot of news coverage recently about the Coronavirus: Type COVID-19 outbreak. You and your family may have questions about the outbreak and want to know how to stay healthy.
For the latest information, please visit the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites. You can also access your local NYS County Health Departments for the latest updates in your area. You will find updates on this rapidly changing situation, plus prevention advice and instructions.
If you reside in NY state and have further questions about the coronavirus you can call the
New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Access the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus FAQs for what you should know about the virus.
These simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Coronavirus Testing, New York State, Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo
If a person comes within close contact – defined as six feet – of a person known to be a positive case of coronavirus, they will get tested.
If a person has been quarantined (mandatory or precautionary) and begins showing symptoms of coronavirus, they will get tested.
If a person has traveled to a hot spot area and is showing symptoms associated with coronavirus, they will get tested.
If a person is seriously ill, as determined by a doctor, and hasn’t tested positive for any other virus, they’ll get tested.
And any other case where the doctor consults with the local and state Departments of health, and facts and circumstances merit it, they will get tested.
Special Education is one of the support services offered to infants and toddlers by the New York Early Intervention Program (EI). The focus of these sessions is to help the child meet specified goals and achieve developmental milestones. Special Educators serve families in various ways to contribute to the cognitive and social development of the child. They aid in the design of the child’s natural environment and daily activities to promote the child’s attention, play, response to their environment, follow-through of directions, and more. These professionals use infant/toddler educational curriculums, activity sheets, and developmentally appropriate toys to facilitate learning and to target the use of learned skills throughout the child’s daily environment. Sessions are conducted alongside the parents/caregivers to guide and help them incorporate the different goals that their child is working on into the family’s routines.
Speech-Language Pathologists address communication development and the child’s ability to use it throughout their environment. Personal Touch employs highly qualified Speech-Language Pathologists who share in the ideal that therapy is individually tailored to meet each child’s and their family’s needs. Speech therapy incorporates various treatment approaches to bring the most out of the child’s ability to understand language and communicate. This is done by assessing their current skills and building on their strengths. Speech-Language Pathologists work on imitation skills, increasing vocabulary, combining words to produce phrases, responding to questions, and using language to interact with the family, teachers, and other children. Speech-Language Pathologists also specialize in feeding therapy. These services can take place in the child’s natural environment and is implemented through play, making it a positive learning experience.
Our specialists utilize various leading strategies such as: Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding (SOS), Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), as well as Sensory Integration.
In Early Intervention, Occupational therapists promote the function and engagement of infants/toddlers and their families in everyday routines such as activities of daily living, rest/sleep, play, education, and social participation. Occupational therapy helps families understand their child's development and ability to participate in age-appropriate and meaningful activities with those in their environment. Through creative, therapeutic activities presented in play (a child's most important occupation), children learn to hold, explore, build, and purposefully manipulate various toys. Children also learn how to efficiently grasp objects to participate in self-feeding, dressing, and social play. Occupational therapists use carefully selected sensory-based activities to help children who have sensory processing difficulties improve their behavior, attention, self-regulation, and active participation in home and school activities. To promote optimal performance and independence, the use and benefit of adaptive/assistive devices are discussed with the family as needed.
Physical therapists help children improve or restore mobility and prevent or manage health conditions. They use a variety of fun and playful therapeutic techniques, age-appropriate developmental toys, and balance and coordination tasks to assist children so they can be mobile and independent throughout their daily activities. Physical therapy helps children develop strength and coordination so they can walk, run, climb, slide, or jump in their backyard and park. All these skills are crucial for children to explore, play, learn, and interact with their peers. Therapists work with the families to help them identify and create opportunities for their child to develop their motor skills. Families are guided towards the resources in the community which are suited to meet their needs. The use of adaptive equipment is explored with the families when and if needed by the child.
Personal-Touch Early Intervention Program offers the services of Master’s level Social Workers to help families cope with the unique challenges presented by raising a child with developmental disabilities. Services involve working collaboratively with the family unit to access community systems and provide support and training to the parents. Our clinicians are also able to provide direct services to children with social emotional needs, including counseling and play therapy.
Service coordination services are provided by qualified personnel who are approved to provide service coordination services by the Department or other state Early Intervention service agency. They provide assistance and services to enable an eligible child and the child's family to receive the rights, procedural safeguards, and services that are authorized under the Early Intervention Program. They help families identify and prioritize concerns, assist parents in developing of plans and strategies to meet the needs of their children and family units, and strengthen families' competencies and sense of control over life events. “Service coordination is to create opportunities for the provision of collaborative, family-centered, community-based services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families