Early Intervention


The Early Intervention Program at HCDS serves children less than three years of age with significant language and developmental delays. The educational program for each student is individualized based on their needs. Long-term objectives are broken down into short-term, goal oriented tasks, which are taught systematically to facilitate a high rate of student success. Students are taught functional and age-appropriate skills using teaching techniques and strategies derived from applied behavior analysis. Educational programs target skills in the following areas: functional communication, verbal behavior/language and associated prerequisites, social skills, play skills, and self-care skills. In addition, socially inappropriate behaviors are addressed early on so as to prevent them from increasing in frequency and severity in the future. Data are collected on student responds to instruction and graphed for each individual program on a daily basis. This allows us to monitor student progress on an ongoing basis. The Early Intervention program is home-based and consists of special instruction for students and family training for parents, students, siblings, and other interested family members.


Special instruction consists of 1:1 instruction for the student in the home setting. Our instructors typically hold a Bachelors degree in Psychology, Special Education or a related field. They are supervised at least twice a week by a supervisor who holds an MA in Psychology or Special Education and is a Nationally Board Certified Behavior Analyst.


A child's progress is maximized when educators and parents work together towards a common goal. In the Early Intervention program at HCDS, the supervisor of each child’s program provides family training services in the home, usually to the parents, on a weekly basis. Through family training, parents learn basic principles of human behavior and how to apply these principles to teach their child various skills, including listening and speaking, playing, socializing and daily living skills such as eating and dressing. In addition, parents learn how to collect and analyze data, manage inappropriate behaviors and teach appropriate alternative behaviors. We believe that parents are the most important teachers in their child's life and through the family training component; they will learn effective teaching strategies that will enhance the parent-child relationship.


For more information about the HCDS Early Intervention Program, please contact

Kelly Hobbins, Early Childood Coordinator


(914) 592-8526, ext. 1004


*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 Westchester County Department of Health at (914) 813-5094 to receive Early Intervention services. EIP is funded by New York State and Westchester County government. All EIP services are provided at no cost to parents. Health insurance mayl be accessed for reimbursement of 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 WCDOH. A child’s eligibility for the program can be determined only by state-approved evaluators under contract with WCDOH, and all services must be identified in collaboration with the parent and approved by WCDOH. WCDOH will arrange for service providers to deliver authorized services. When EI services are delivered in child-care settings or community locations that require a fee, the parent is responsible for paying any costs associated with such settings. Hawthorne Country Day School is an approved provider of EI services and under contract with WCDOH to provide such services.