School & Center For Children With Autism In New York

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Home based programs

Children with severe behavior problems require continuous and systematic intervention. To help families cope with the demands of raising a child with autism, a variety of training activities is provided to permit parents and siblings to participate in the child's learning experiences. Home programming helps parents acquire the skills to be home tutors and therapists for their child(ren). A new Parent Training Program is being planned to train parents/home caretakers in model intervention procedures.

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.

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

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, therapeutic, 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. 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.

For EI Referrals call 311 or (800) 577-2229

For more information contact
Tel: (718) 829-7744 ex.11, Fax: (718) 829-7745

To download an intake form click here

Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) Program

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.

Home-based SEIT programming is often combined with the student's school, center-based or day program to encourage the generalization of skills. Some children with autism in SK-HOV's early intervention and preschool programs have made such dramatic progress that it is possible for them to attend their neighborhood nursery school with the assistance of a Special Education Itinerant Teacher. For students who can be mainstreamed, the SEIT provides behavioral interventions and support to the student at the nursery school while acting as a consultant to early childhood teachers.


Shema Kolainu participates in OPWDD's Medicaid Service Coordination and Home Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver Program, providing Comm-Hab services through the waiver. A Service Coordinator is on-site to assist children and families.

Medicaid Waiver Services

  • Care at Home - for the medically fragile
  • Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC)
  • Community Habilitation Program (Comm Hab)

For more information contact
Tel: (718) 829-7744 ex.11, Fax: (718) 829-7745

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