Just Kids Early Childhood Learning Center joins the families of very young children with disabilities in the goal of supporting and promoting each child’s development. Early help does make a difference!
Just Kids serves young children and their families, as part of a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, interagency early intervention system and within the scope of the larger community. All services are designed to build on strengths and develop skills and independence, which will enhance the opportunities the child and family have for successful and complete life experiences.
Just Kids Early Intervention professionals honor the unique qualities of each child and each family, and respect and encourage their choices, values, ideas and competence. They serve the community with a commitment to quality and the ongoing process of empowering families to reach their potential.
Contact: Karen Mowdy, Early Intervention Coordinator, at (631) 369-1927.
Screening and Evaluation – go back to top
The screening and/or the multidisciplinary evaluation is necessary to:
- determine whether a child is eligible for the Early Intervention Program;
- assess the status of the child’s physical, cognitive, communication, social-emotional, and adaptive development;
- identify areas of developmental strengths and needs; and understand the parent’s resources, priorities, and concerns related to their child’s development.
- visit Early Intervention Program Memorandum 2005-02: Standards and Procedures for Evaluations, Evaluation Reimbursement, and Eligibility Requirements and Determination Under the Early Intervention Program
Service Coordination- go back to top
Coordination of an infant’s or toddler’s services while working in partnership with the family and providers for the early intervention services; assist family in obtaining necessary services; arrange periodic meetings to review child’s progress.
Assistive Technology– go back to top
Assistive technology device means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities.
Audiology – go back to top
Identification and measurement of types and degrees of hearing loss; recommendations of rehabilitation; fitting of hearing aids; counseling of parents on how to help their child adjust to hearing loss.
Nursing Services – go back to top
Assessment of child’s health status for the purpose of providing nursing care; nursing to prevent health problems and promote optimal health; giving of medicines and treatments prescribed by a licensed physician.
Psychological Services – go back to top
Administration and interpretation of psychological and developmental tests and assessments; obtaining, integrating and interpreting information about child behavior and child and family conditions related to learning, mental health, and development; planning and managing programs of psychological services and treatment for the child and/or family.
Speech and Language Therapy – go back to top
Identification of communication or feeding delays or disorders in the child; referral for related professional services needed for the habilitation or rehabilitation of communicative or real-pharyngeal disorders; treatment to promote development of communication and/or feeding skills.
Physical Therapy – go back to top
Provide screening, assessment and evaluation of sensorimotor function; provide treatment to enhance musculoskeletal status, neurobehavioral organization, perceptual motor development and environmental adaptation.
Occupational Therapy – go back to top
Provide screening, assessment and evaluation of functional abilities, fine motor skills, and sensory-motor development; provide treatment to enhance skills and abilities, especially the use of the hands and fingers, coordination of movement, and self-help skills.
Vision Services – go back to top
Health Services – go back to top
Provide treatments/services needed to enable a child to benefit from the other early intervention services during the time that the child is receiving the other services. Provide consultation concerning the special health care needs of eligible children that will need to be addressed during the course of early intervention.
Medical Services – go back to top
Nutrition Services – go back to top
Conducting individual assessments in nutritional history and dietary intake; feeding skills and feeding problems; food habits and food preferences; and developing and monitoring appropriate plans to address the nutritional needs of eligible children.
Social Work Services – go back to top
Identification and coordination of community resources and services to enable the child and family to receive maximum benefit from early intervention services; make home visits to assess child’s social/emotional development within the family context; provide individual and family counseling with parents and other family members, and arrange skill building activities with the child and parents.
Family Counseling, Training and Support Groups – go back to top
Parent-Child Groups – go back to top
Developmental/Toddler Groups – go back to top
Early Intervention services delivered to a group of eligible children at an early intervention site/community-based setting; the group may also include children without disabilities; provide large group, small group, and domains; provide opportunities to develop social skills, adaptive skills and learning abilities; provide multifaceted learning experiences adapted to the special needs of the children in the group. Attendance can be up to five 2-1/2 hour sessions.
Special Instruction– go back to top
Assessment of development in any of the developmental domains; provision of services by a special education teacher to promote skill and ability development in any or all of the development domains; assist families in arranging the environment and activities to best promote growth and learning in the child.