Speech and Language
McCarton Center Bronx has five board certified speech and language therapists. All are trained in oral-motor therapy, feeding therapy, PROMPT therapy, and PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System). The speech/language therapists are experienced in treating a wide range of language disorders including:
Expressive/Receptive Language Disorders
Pragmatic Language Disorder
Auditory/Language Processing Disorder
Phonological Awareness/Pre-Reading Skills
Therapy sessions are 1:1. There are also pragmatic language/social skills groups where two speech/language therapists work with up to four children in a group. The groups are designed to elicit age appropriate social language and interaction among peers. The clinicians serve as facilitators to encourage a naturalistic learning environment. Special attention is paid to each child in the group to promote their personal strengths as well as to address their individual weaknesses.
The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program for infants and toddlers with special needs. Children with diagnosed conditions that lead to developmental delays (such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, etc.) are eligible for the EIP. Children with no diagnosis who have delays in development may be eligible for the EIP if their delays are serious enough. If you have concerns about your child’s development, you can call the Early Intervention Program in your area to refer your child (if you live in New York City call 311, in Nassau County call 516.227.8661, and in Suffolk County call 631.853.3100). Someone else can help you make the referral to the Early Intervention Program if you wish. If your child is found to be eligible for services by someone approved to perform this evaluation, you, your county’s staff representative, and other team members will make a plan to help your child – and your family. Early Intervention services in your IFSP authorized by your county are provided at no cost to you. Your county will arrange for the services to be provided and will choose the provider based on the needs of your child and family. Your child’s health insurance may be used to cover some of the costs. All other costs for EIP services are paid for by your county and New York State. Early intervention services are provided where it’s best for your child – in places such as your home, day care, or other community settings. The EIP covers the cost of early intervention services only. The EIP does not pay for the day care or other fees charged by community settings.