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Early Intervention (EI) Program: Giving Toddlers a Strong Start

Services we provide:

  • SC - Service Coordination

  • SP - Speech Pathology

  • OT - Occupational Therapy

  • PT - Physical Therapy

  • ABA - Applied Behavior Analysis

  • SI - Special Instruction 

  • Social Work

  • Feeding Therapy

Shema Kolainu - Hear Our Voices is an approved provider of early intervention services and under contract with the municipality to deliver early intervention program services. 


The Early Intervention Program serves infants and toddlers ages 0-3 diagnosed with autism and developmental disabilities. This program is based on a strong parent-professional partnership. 


Individualized services focus on learning readiness; language; play; family participation; daily routines relevant to eating, sleeping, and bathing; and other areas jointly identified by SKHOV professionals and parents. Through EI, children with developmental delays and autism receive education, therapy, service coordination and evaluation in the five boroughs of New York City. Programs are based on the child's Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and are designed to involve the family in all aspects of the child's program. Intensive applied behavior analysis is the method of therapy.
The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program for children under the age of three who are either suspected of having or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. Potentially eligible children must be referred to the NYC Early Intervention Program, to receive EIP services. 


In NYC, call 3-1-1 to refer a child to Early Intervention or the Totline telephone number at: (800) 577-2229 FREE.
Our Early Intervention Program is funded and regulated by New York State Department of Health and New York City by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. All EIP services are provided at no cost to parents. Health insurance may be used for approved services. A child's eligibility for the program can be determined only by state-approved evaluators under contract, and all services must be authorized by the county. 


If a child is found eligible for the early intervention program, all needed early intervention services are identified in collaboration with the parent and must be authorized by the municipality. The municipality will arrange for service providers, considering the individual needs of the child and family, to deliver services authorized by the municipality. 


When early intervention services are delivered in child care settings or community locations that require a fee, the parent is responsible for paying any associated costs with such access to child care or community locations.

CPSE Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) Program (Ages 3-5)

SEIT is an individualized program operating throughout the five boroughs of New York City that utilizes the child's natural environment for learning. Certified special education teachers provide home and community-based, one-to-one individualized educational programming for preschool children, ages 3 to 5, with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Our CPSE Program is funded and regulated by the New York State Education Department and New York City Department of Education.

Community Habilitation Program (Ages 3 and up)

Our Community Habilitation program provides individuals with community habilitation providers in their home and community to assist with accomplishing our participants' goals. Our providers help our participants learn new skills in regards to communication, social- ization and every day living skills. Our providers strive to help our participants become independent by creating opportunities for skill building in the home and community. Shema Kolainu participates in Home Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver Program, providing Comm-Hab services through the waiver. This program is funded through OPWDD and Medicaid.

In-Home Respite (Ages 3 and up)

Our In-Home respite program serves individuals ages 3 and up. We serve families living in Brooklyn, Bronx and Manhattan. The program provides services in the individual’s home where they will work on Daily Living Skills (ADL) and give family members much needed relief. Providers take the individual out into the community where they are able to generalize skills taught and encourage their likes and interests. This program is funded through OPWDD and Medicaid.

Parent/Caregiver Training

Our Parent/Caregiver Training Program has been designed to support the needs of parents/caregivers as they continue the child's school-based learning process in the home environment and assume a greater role in the progress of their child. The training includes a comprehensive seminar series and small group workshop sessions. 
Parents will collaborate with the center-based staff to help increase their child's progress. 
Initial goals of the parent education program include:

  • Facilitate increased collaboration and partnership among teachers and parents of students who participate in school- and community-based programs;

  • Enhance the parent's knowledge of the principles of behavior analysis and its application to education while their child is in school, at home and in the community;

  • Establish a coordinated system of training and technical assistance that will facilitate the meaningful involvement of parents in the education of their child and help generalize behaviors across the child's various environments.

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For more information contact
Tel: (718) 829-7744 ext. 2111, Fax: (718) 829-7745
Email: referrals@skhov.org

For EI Referrals

call 311 or (800) 577-2229

For more information contact:
Tel: (718) 829-7744 ext. 2111

Fax: (718) 829-7745
Email: referrals@skhov.org


To download an intake form click here

Please see the “Notice of Potential Disclosure of Student Records” and “Objection to Disclosure of Student Information and Records Form” related to an ongoing lawsuit in the Southern District, M.G. et al. v. N.Y. City Department of Education et al., No. 13-CV-4639. 


The Notice defines the groups of students who may be covered by the Notice, the types of records which may be disclosed, whom they may be disclosed to (i.e., counsel for the parties, their experts and the Court), and how parents may object to the disclosure of their child’s records.

The Notice and Objection Form can also be found at HERE as well as virtual links to translations of the Notice and Objection Form in Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian and Urdu. Translations themselves can be found HERE.

Call Us: 1-718-686-9600      info@skhov.org   4302 New Utrecht Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11219

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