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***IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION***

For over 20 years, MKSA’s providers have been working with children and their families. We pride ourselves on our commitment to health and safety, and adherence to State and County guidelines in that regard.

With regard to the coronavirus pandemic, we would like to reassure you that we are fully following NYS and County guidance regarding home care services. Below is the most current information from New York State.

July 2021:
NYS Bureau of Early Intervention is temporarily maintaining the existing COVID-19 emergency protocols. They are reviewing the policies and will issue new guidance in the near future.

From ACTS in Albany: It is unclear as to what extent new guidelines by the State will impact our employees and our services. I expect that we will see updated guidance for both CPSE as well as the Early Intervention Program sometime in August. In the meantime BEI has indicated that all COVID related regulations for the Early Intervention Program, in effect since the early part of 2020, remain in effect until further notice. The same is true for the Extended School Year (ESY) programs.

Homebased services will continue AT THIS TIME.
Therapists are reminded to call families before the scheduled visit to ask if anyone in the family has:
  • fever, cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • in the 14 days prior to home visit, traveled outside the United States or recently had contact with a person who is suspected or confirmed to have infection with novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

If the client says yes, the therapist can politely ask them for their availability to re-schedule in 14 days or when they or the household member are feeling better. The client should also be advised to call their healthcare provider for guidance.

For agencies and independent providers:

For the immediate future, the county recommends only therapists with a home office and with no other staff present continue to provide services, provided that both the child, their family members and the therapist have no symptoms, travel history or contact with a COVID-19 positive individual as described above. 

Everyone should continue to follow the below General Infection Prevention Strategies:

  • Organizations should encourage staff to routinely employ infection prevention strategies to reduce transmission of common respiratory viruses (e.g., influenza or “flu” or “the common cold”).
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (in the absence of a tissue, cough or sneeze into your shirt sleeve or bent arm).
  • Keep your hands clean (wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds). Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Get the flu shot (at this time, there is no current vaccination for coronaviruses).

The routine use of these infection prevention strategies cannot be overemphasized (especially washing your hands often with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective).

CDC Website

CONNECT WITH US ON SOCIAL MEDIA!
One of the most important aspects of what we do at MKSA is connect with families. Social media allows us to share information, news, and sometimes just plain fun stuff. Won’t you Like us and Share our pages so we can reach and connect with more families and friends? Thank you!

MKSA OFFERS A VARIETY OF GROUPS:

E.I. ABA GROUPS AT OUR PLAINVIEW LOCATION
• Small group activities
• 1:1 discrete trial instruction
• Opportunities for socialization
Includes: Parent Support Group, Family Training

Days & Time:
-ABA Group Monday-Friday:  9:00AM-10:30 AM  or  11:00AM-12:30 PM
-Scheduled Family Training: 2x/month
-Support Group: 1x/week 1 hour (during class time)

Location: 125 E. Bethpage Road, Plainview NY 11803 (entrance at MKSA awning)
• On Nassau/Suffolk border—convenient to both counties
• Parent/Guardian must stay on location. Parent mileage reimbursement (PMR) available.

Staffing Ratio: Special Educator and 1:1 aides, maximum 6 children (supervised by BCBA/LBA)

Description of child appropriate for group: Child with Dx of ASD

Goals/purpose of group:
• Individual IFSP and learning readiness goals addressed through principles of ABA
• Socialization goals addressed through principles of ABA
• An individualized program will be developed for each child
• Data collection taken on all goals
• Programs overseen by BCBA/LBA

Authorization Info: (must have co-visits on every Service Authorization)
Basic Group 1:1, 5 days a week, provider location
Family Training 2x/month for 30 minutes, provider location
Support Group 1x/week during class, provider location

There are no classes the following weeks:
• 12/24/21 – 12/31/21
• 2/21/22-2/25/22
• 4/15/22 – 4/22/22
• 7/4/22 – 7/8/22

For more information:  Contact JoAnn at 516-731-5588, ext. 220, or by email.   Click here for flyer.
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E.I. GROUP AT OUR PLAINVIEW LOCATION 
(Note: Groups are ongoing and meet every Saturday.)

Separation Group: “Talk to Me” (language)
Saturdays, 10:15AM—11:15 AM
Children ages 24-36 months
Classes led by a Speech Teacher and Teacher Assistant (8:1:1)
For the child who needs help using language with others
Activities include:
-circle time
-music and movement
-story time
-sensory activities
Goals:
-expanding language and play skills
-social interactions
-play skills

For more information:  Contact JoAnn at 516-731-5588, ext. 220, or by email.  

MKSA Provider Workshops/Meetings

More provider workshops coming soon!

Outside Events

The Early Intervention Therapist and Teacher Online Cooperative (EITTOC) offers online classes that can be used for the professional development hours needed for EI. It also has courses specific to evaluators, different diagnosed conditions, and required trainings such as sexual harassment and child abuse. They also offer CEUs from ASHA and AOTA. If you need professional development hours, this is a great way to get some done from home. Click here to learn more.
For EITTOC’s online course in Telehealth in Early Intervention, click here.

EAC NETWORK – Parent/Family Courses & Conferences
EAC Network is offering a variety of classes for parents and families of young children and teenagers. They also offer support groups. Classes start soon! Learn more here.

Eden II Programs offers a variety of webinar and workshop trainings. 
Click here to see a full listing of offerings.

The New York State Department of Health (Department) Bureau of Early Intervention is pleased to announce the availability of 10 new training videos:

-Videos for Parents
Families’ Perspectives: A Parent’s Journey to Early Intervention
A four-part video series featuring parents of children with developmental disabilities. Four families discuss their journey (in English, Spanish, Bengali, and Mandarin) from concern to Program enrollment.

Developing Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) that Fit You and Your Priorities
This video discusses the important role a parent has in developing their child’s IFSP. It describes what the IFSP is and how it is created. It also discusses strategies parents can use to make sure their IFSP fits their family, priorities, and outcomes for their child.

Overview of Families’ Rights
A four-part video series covering a family’s rights during different steps in the EIP from referral to transition.
-Referral, Evaluation, and Eligibility
-Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
-Early Intervention Sessions
-Transition

-Video for Professionals
Developing Meaningful Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) through Family Engagement
This video focuses on strategies that professionals can use to ensure a family feels engaged in developing their child’s IFSP. The more involved the family is in developing their child’s IFSP, the more the plan makes sense to and is valued by the family.

A full list of the 30 trainings developed as part of the SSIP/IFaCT, including the 10 training videos, can be found on the BEI website on the SSIP and training pages.To see a full list of trainings for families, click here.
To see a full list of trainings for professionals, click here.
The family perspective videos can also be found on the families page.

Please contact BEI at beipub@health.ny.gov, if you have questions regarding this information.

NYS EIP Online Professional Development Center
Resource for online trainings to earn professional development hours.
https://www.nyseipopdc.org/ 

The Advantages of Remote Early Intervention Evaluations
Join Madeline Maldonado, LCSW-R, Clinical Social Worker and Evaluator for Early Intervention, to learn the similarities, differences and overall advantages to conducting EI evaluations remotely.
English: https://youtu.be/vRHFUVv61TA
Spanish: https://youtu.be/FdOUazBPuws

The NYC Department of Health, Division of Family and Child Health, Bureau of Early Intervention has launched a learning management system (LMS) to offer free professional development trainings online.  Click here to learn more.

LONG ISLAND PARENTING INSTITUTE – VARIOUS CLASSES 
Topics include:
-Common Sense Parenting – classes designed for parents with children 18 months to 18 years old; offered in English and Spanish.
-Bright Beginnings – interactive parent-child class designed to encourage and facilitate healthy, emotional attachments between parents and children (2-17 months old).
-Alternative For Youth (AFY) Parent Support Group – support group designed to educate and support parents of children 12-18 years old; offered in English and Spanish.
For EAC Network’s Long Island Parenting Institute class registration, click here.

MOLLOY COLLEGE – Professional Development Courses & Conferences
Many courses and conferences are available; check the list and be sure to click on ‘conferences’ for additional events.  Learn more

Miscellaneous

HOW TO BECOME AN APPROVED NYS EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICE PROVIDER
Click here to learn more, including FAQs and contact information.

The Bureau of Early Intervention has an updated website for the Family Initiative Coordination Service Project, also known as Partners. The website is part of a NYS Department of Health Bureau of Early Intervention sponsored contract with Just Kids Early Childhood Learning Center. Visit the new website.

The updated website includes:
-new and updated information, resources, and supports on a variety of EI-related topics for families
-a drop box feature which allows a user to view content translated instantly into one of 104 languages
-information on Early Intervention Partners Training for parents
-helpful links to State and National programs and organizations
-Early Intervention Program FAQs

Suffolk County Early Intervention FAQs. Useful questions and answers about the early intervention program. Click here for the list.

Visit Us At Upcoming Community Events

Stay tuned for more events!

Past Event Testimonials

Asperger’s & Bullying: Personal Stories, Struggles and Strategies
Presented by: Dr. Stephen Shore and Jesse A. Saperstein
“I love that the speakers were both men with Autism, for a true first-hand experience and perspective.”
“Jesse was endearing. The effect that bullying had on him was evident, as was the fact that the memories are still hard for him. Jesse humanized the effects of bullying which made you truly empathize with him and drove the importance of the subject matter home.”
“Dr. Shore was wonderful! It was interesting to hear the perspective of an adult who was diagnosed on the spectrum as a child; I learned insightful tips from a professional with the diagnosis.”

What’s New in iPad Technology for Children with Autism and Special Needs
Presented by: Eric Sailers, MA, CCC-SLP
“Eric is knowledgeable; presented in an easy-to-understand manner; enormous resources for all our needs.”
“I loved the demonstrations! Learned features about the iPad that I didn’t previously know.”
“Very easy to understand and follow. Great information that can easily be applied.”

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Strategies that Really Make a Difference!
Presented by: Elisa Gagnon, MS, Ed.
“So well organized and very interesting! Great use of examples and stories.”
“Video clips were great ways to show certain topics that were discussed.”
“Speaker was so informative! Great strategies were provided.”

Asperger’s Syndrome: Strategies for Effective Intervention
Presented by: Tony Attwood, Ph.D.
“Excellent speaker with a wealth of knowledge.”
“Tony Attwood was amazing!”
“Best conference ever!! Very animated and humorous; very informative. Thank you!”

Behavioral Approach to Language Assessment and Intervention for Children with Autism
Presented by: Mark Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D
“One of the best workshops/trainings I have ever attended in my 30 years of education.”
“Outstanding presentation that will be beneficial to my teaching! Great!”
“Dr. Sundberg is a very engaging speaker. It is a great experience to hear from the creator of the VB-MAPP himself.”

The Language Use Inventory (LUI):
A New Standardized Parent-Report Measure to Assess Young Children’s
Pragmatic Language Development
Presented by: Daniela O’Neill, Ph.D., LUI Author
“There has been such a huge need for a standardized test like the LUI. I am very excited about using this.”
“Cutting-edge information; provided useful handouts and testing samples that can be applied in therapy!”
“Excellent speaker-interesting and insightful.”

Treatment of Eating Problems in Young Children: A Motor Learning Approach
Presented by: Genie Rogers, MA, CCC-SLP, BRSS
“Learned new techniques to implement in therapy sessions. Thanks!”
“Fabulous presentation—easy to understand, great examples.”
“It was an excellent seminar with a great deal of useful information.”

All Kids Can Succeed: Effective Interventions for Behavioral and Social Challenges
Presented by: Jed Baker, Ph.D.
“One of the best conferences I’ve ever been to.”
“Very informative…will help me to bring out the best in my child.”
“His knowledge was endless.”