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Introduction

Thursday's Child is an Early Intervention program serving the needs of children diagnosed with PDD/Autism.  We utilize the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Discrete Trial Learning in an intensive, individualized, instructional setting.  Incidental Teaching and Observational Learning are an additional component used to foster a child's learning and facilitate generalization of learned skills.  Sensory needs are addressed using sensory integration techniques which are implemented by all clinical staff.  An additional component to enhance socialization skills is available through daily interaction with typically developing peers in a daycare classroom at the center.

Thursday's Child is approved by New York State and has been contracted by New York City to provide early intervention services in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

The Early Intervention Program

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program for children less than 3 years of age with special needs.  Children with diagnosed conditions that lead to developmental delays (such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, etc.) are eligible for the EIP.  Children with no diagnosis who have delays in development may be eligible for the EIP if their delays are serious enough.  If your child is found to be eligible for services by someone approved to perform this evaluation, you, New York City Early Intervention staff, and other team members will make a plan to help your child...and your family.  The early intervention services defined on this plan, and authorized by New York City, are provided at no cost to the family.  The city will arrange for the services to be provided and will choose the provider based on the needs of your child and family.  Your child's health insurance may be used to cover some of the costs.  All other costs for EIP services are paid for by the city and New York State.  Although early intervention services are provided where it's best for the child (home, day care, or other community setting), the EIP only covers the cost of early intervention services.  The EIP does not pay for day care or other fees charged by community settings.

Founders

Helen Murphy, Ph.D., BCBA
Director of Clinical Services
hmurphy@thursdayschildinc.com
 
Jeanne Ward, M.S. Ed., BCBA
Director of Educational Services
jward@thursdayschildinc.com

Dr. Helen Murphy and Jeanne Ward have 32 years combined experience in serving the early childhood population with special needs.  Their work in the past 12 years has focused on those children diagnosed with Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD).  Together, as a doctorate level psychologist and a masters level special educator, they have successfully designed and implemented an Early Intervention program using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children within the Autistic spectrum.

Contact Information

If you live in New York City, and have a child under 3 years of age, and are concerned about his or her development, please call 311 and ask for Early Intervention.  Someone else can help you make the referral to the Early Intervention Program if you wish.