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Join this Group and Help Restore Cuts to the NYS Early Intervention Program

2 Oct

I am writing this to ask all readers to become involved in this organization.  This is such an important issue for disabled children and their families that I bring the link and more information about this to your attention.  Visit the website for more details about how you can help and to keep yourself informed of what is happening..  Thank you.
PARENTS AS PARTNERSThe United New York Early Intervention Providers and Parents as Partners’ coalition formed on April 15, 2010 to represent the needs of independent contractors, parents, small agencies, and children, THOSE CHILDREN IN NEED OF EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES, as they move through the New York State Bureau of Early Intervention. (See our numerous publications at http://unitednyeiproviders.weebly.com/publications.html)We are composed of Early Intervention Independent Contractors from each discipline (Speech, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, ABA Teachers, Special Educators, Nutritionists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Vision Therapists), small agency employees, parents and caregivers, and other professionals (attorneys, physicians, compensation analysts) who share their concern for the current financial condition of NYS and its impact on NYS Early Intervention. Currently, we have members throughout New York State, from Montauk Point to Niagara Falls including the five boroughs of the City of New Yorkand are increasing membership exponentially daily. At present, we have nearly 1500 members inclusive of our Professional Advisory Board and Executive Committees. Our primary goals are:a. Ensure that children, ALL children, from ALL religious, cultural, and socio-economic groups, of NYS Early Intervention are prioritized
b. Ensure that the children of NYS Early Intervention receive not only individualized services but frequency and duration
of services that are meaningful in relation to their delay or disability
c. Ensure that ONLY those children who are ELIGIBLE to receive services are those that do receive services
d. Improve communications amongst the stakeholders of New York State Early Intervention
e. Improve transparency of the Bureau of Early Intervention statewide
f. Encourage participation in the Statewide Early Intervention Coordinating Council and the Local Early Intervention Coordinating Councils
g. Enable collegial sharing amongst professionals
h. Enable support amongst family and caregivers
i. Develop meaningful relationships with our governmental representatives and New York State Legislators
j. Encourage Lobby Day Involvement of all members: Parents and Professionals
k. Enhance communication throughout New York State between Agencies, Municipalities, and Independent Contractors
l. Preserve and protect NYS Early Intervention so that it is maintained as the Premier State in NYS Early Intervention

In this last year, we are pleased to have initiated the Weprin Bill A00705 and the Avella Bill S4219. We are pleased to have membership of over 1000 members. We are pleased to have initiated two active list serves to enable sharing in addition to a Twitter Account, FACEBOOK page, and a LINKED IN page. We are pleased to have brought together a strong alliance of committed professionals, original thinkers, who truly care about NYS Early Intervention, who truly care about the families and children that they provide services to, and who truly care about the future of the State of New York and its children. We are pleased to do this with no dues and no membership fees of any kind. No Paid Lobbyists or Special Interests are engaged in our initiatives. UNYEIP is composed of volunteers who truly care about our children and our future.

To join the United New York Early Intervention Providers, providers may complete the registration form below., parents will find their registration form on the following Parent page.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Leslie Grubler MA, CCC-SLP, TSHH
Founding Director, UNYEIP
United New York Early Intervention Providers (UNYEIP)
FACEBOOK: United New York Early Intervention Providers
PH: (718) 213 5900
CELL: 917 355 5060
FAX (718) 224 0103

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To Become a Member of the
United New York Early Intervention Providers’ Coalition,
Kindly complete the form below:

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Hurricaine Irene and Special Needs

28 Aug

I am interested in knowing how special needs parents managed during the hurricaine on the east coast.  How did your children manage – those with sensory issues who may have seen the lightening strikes, the pouring rain and heard the rain pounding down. 

What can we do to calm our children down in these moments of potential sensory overload from a natural disaster?  perhaps this post is a day late…but ….

I recall nights of walking my son in his stroller for an hour outside at nite when he was a toddler to gelp him get to sleep.  I learned that rubbing his head and covering him with a heavy and tightly woven throw helped to calm him down.  Lowering the lights and rubbing his back also helped him relax for sleep.  Sometimes allowing your child to watch television or a favorite movie may be a good distraction from the outside distractors that may be scarey. 

In moments of anxiety:…..Don’t ask me how it started…. but one night he came up with an idea.  My son pretended that a bare wooden floor in the living room area was an ocean filled with sharks.  We would race up to a carpeted staircase that led up to the bedrooms and that wasa our “safe zone”.  When we were there everything was okay. 

It may be something that you do anyway – but lying down next to your child in bed and reading to them with a soft light on – a calming story such as “Goodnight Moon”, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” or “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” may help.  I recall–my mother reading to me at night till I fell asleep.  Rituals such as these are reassuring to your child and  in moments of anxiety may be helpful for both of you – so that the nighttime becomes a less scarey time for your child and you both can get some rest….even when there is no hurricaine outside.

I hope all got through last nite safely and are reading this in a home with electricity and running water.  I would welcome hearing about how you managed last night with your special needs child.  Perhaps we can all learn from eachother.  Please subscribe to this blog and share your experiences….

Look forward to hearing from you…