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Early Childhood Developmental Milestones

Developmental milestones are behaviors or physical skills seen in infants and children as they grow and develop. Rolling over, crawling, walking, and talking are all considered milestones. The milestones are different for each age range.

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Article 16 Clinic

The Shield Institute's Article 16 Clinic provides diagnostic, evaluation and clinical services for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual/developmental disabilities. Psychological, social work, speech, occupational and physical therapy, rehabilitative counseling and nutritional counseling are provided individually and/or in group settings. Specialty services include augmentative communication evaluation and treatment, eating and swallowing evaluation and treatment and psycho-sexual assessment and treatment. All services are provided by our licensed and experienced staff.

Learn more about the Shield Institute's Article 16 Clinic.


Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

Youth Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is a program designed to address the significant needs of children ages 10 up to 21, who are at risk of entering, or returning home from high intensity services, such as inpatient settings or residential services, through the use of a multi-disciplinary team. Children with significant psychiatric needs, who are at risk of institutional level of care, require intensive interventions in order to adequately support the child and family’s complex needs, to avoid high end services or facilitate and support a successful transition back to community. Youth ACT serves as a critical component in the children’s continuum of care.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website provides a plethora of credible information on all aspects of protecting and improving quality health and wellness initiatives.


Early Childhood Transition Guidebook

This guidebook helps parents understand the process that guides their child's transition from infant and toddler intervention services to other early childhood services at age three and includes strategies to use for a successful transition.


Early Intervention Program

The New York State Early Intervention Program (EIP) is part of the nationwide EIP. It is for infants and toddlers under three years of age who may not be making progress like other children because of a developmental delay or disability. A disability means that a child has a diagnosed physical or mental condition that may lead to developmental problems. These include, but are not limited to, autism, Down syndrome, motor disorders, or vision and hearing problems. A developmental delay means a child is behind in some area of development, such as growth, learning and thinking, or communicating.

The first step is your child's referral to the EIP in the county where you live. All counties in New York State (NYS) and New York City have an EIP. Children who may need services must first be referred to the EIP. Parents can refer their own child to the EIP if they have a concern about their child's development. In NYS, certain professionals are required to refer children to the EIP if a developmental problem is suspected. After referral, your child will be evaluated by qualified professionals. Your county EIP or the New York City EIP will help you get services if your child is found to be eligible. Health insurance, including private insurance and Medicaid, may be used to pay for early intervention services. EIP services must be provided at no cost to you and will not affect your insurance coverage.

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NYS Parent Guide

The NYS Parent Guide is the story of the first five years of a parents journey. This resource is for mothers, fathers (through birth, adoption, or foster care), grandparents, partners, family friends, aunts and uncles with parenting responsibilities.

This website includes information on the stages of growth and development, parenting tips, information on nurturing your family, e-journals and many links to other resources.


NYS Parent Portal

Use the NYS Parent Portal to find caregiving tips and resources to enhance your role as a parent. The portal contains links to following websites:

  • NYS Parent Guide - A guide to the first five years of your parenting journey.
  • NYS Child Care and After School Locator - Find child care and after school programs near you.
  • Every Student Present - Learn about the impact of chronic absence and tips to help your child attend school every day.
  • NYS Multiple Systems Navigator - Learn to easily navigate multiple health, education and human service systems.


One Tough Job

Although the One Tough .org website is a Massachusetts resources, it is an excellent resource that aims to support parents by providing them with current, reliable, and practical information on a variety of parenting topics related to raising children from infancy through adolescence. It provides a general overview of topics, drawing from a variety of reputable and reliable sources.


Ups Not Downs

Ups not Downs shows how one family in the UK deals with day-to-day life with a child with Down Syndrome.

Developed by the Council on Children and Families and Funded by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council