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Early Intervention Services

Early Intervention Services & Programs

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Early Intervention Services 
(0-3 years of age)

Rochester Hearing & Speech Center is an approved
Early Intervention Provider. The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program for children under the age of 3 who are either suspected of having or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities.


Potentially eligible children must be referred to the county program to receive EIP services.


For your county’s referral information, please call the Growing Up Healthy Hotline at (800) 522-5006.


EIP is funded by New York State and county governments. 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.

Group Programs

Early Intervention Developmental Group

Description: This group is designed to facilitate learning and the generalization of functional and developmentally appropriate skills. A theme-based curriculum is implemented within a structured learning environment that fosters all areas of development. Activities are differentiated to accommodate each child to increase his/her success across environments.

Facilitated by: Special education teacher and teacher assistant in conjunction with other approved service providers (e.g., speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist and/or physical therapist).

Ages: 20-36 months
Frequency: 2-5 times per week
Duration: 120 minutes
Group Size: maximum 6 children

Transportation may be available.

* Additional home-based services can be provided based on the child’s individual needs.

TAALK – Teaching Age Appropriate Language for Kids:
Parent-Child Group

Description: TAALK is a unique, well-researched Early Intervention Program designed specifically for children ages 18-36 months with communication delays and their parent(s). During the group, parents/caregivers are trained in the language stimulation technique of the week and discuss a variety of topics (e.g., typical speech and language development, behavior management, toilet training, etc.) while the children engage in play activities. Parents then observe and practice these techniques with the support of the speech-language pathologist while participating in circle time, snack time, song time, free play, and sensory-motor and art activities. In addition to the parent training program, weekly individualized speech-language therapy visits may be provided at home or in the child’s daycare setting.

Facilitated By: Speech-Language Pathologist

Frequency: 1 time per week
Duration: 90 minutes
Group Size: maximum 6 children

Let's Eat

More information coming soon!

Movement & Music: Parent-Child Group

More information coming soon!

Sense-able Kids: Parent-Child Group

The “Sense”-able Kids group will focus on teaching strategies to build skills relating to:

  • sensory regulation

  • self-care

  • feeding

  • transitions

  • behavior management

  • promoting engagement, interactions and coping skills in social situations

  • environmental modifications


The purpose of the group is to teach specific sensory techniques that the parent will have the opportunity to practice with the support of an occupational therapist.  The occupational therapist will work with the children and parents to teach sensory based activities for children who are “sensory seekers” or “sensory avoiders/sensitive” to provide a “just right” balance for sensory regulation.  The group experience will empower the parent to carry over the strategies learned in their home and when out in the community. 


Please contact Amy Shultz at to enroll a family and Dr. Sara Calus, DPT at if you have questions.

Ages:                           18-36+ months, with sensory processing difficulties

Frequency:                 1 time per week

Facilitated by:            Occupational Therapist

*Parent Participation is required*

Speech Parent-Child Group

More information coming soon!

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