Programs Tailor Made for All Needs
Applied Behavioral Analysis
ABA is a leading, scientifically recognized, teaching method for children with various developmental needs including Autism. ABA focuses on achieving everyday skills that help children obtain their independence. Eligible children receive an individualized ABA curriculum uniquely created to address their needs. Therapy goals are designed to address the educational and behavioral concerns of families as outlined in their Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). The instructional strategies utilized are customized to foster communication, social-emotional, self-help, and cognitive skills to meet developmental milestones. All of our specially trained ABA providers work collaboratively on an ongoing basis ensuring that each child reaches their targeted goals and objectives.
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