Tapping into Endless Potential
Jumpstart Early Intervention is a multilingual program serving infants/toddlers from diverse neighborhoods of Brooklyn who have developmental delays.
Jumpstart´s professionals work collaboratively with families to maximize each child´s potential and to provide the absolute finest in care.

Jumpstart has an agreement with NYS to provide early intervention services and is funded and regulated by NYS DOH/MH to provide evaluations, service coordination and service provision. Jumpstart´s highly qualified and caring service coordinators are assigned to each family through the E.I. process and has been setting the standard for excellence in service delivery since 1995.

Jumpstart has extensive experience treating a wide range of disabilities including speech delays and disorders, feeding disorders, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, motor delays/disorders, Down syndrome, autism, torticollis, general cognitive delays and more. We are staffed by multilingual, licensed/ certified therapists who provide comprehensive interventions in the comfort of the child´s home or at our ABA center.

In addition to the various therapies, an experienced service coordinator assists the family in advocating effectively for their child, navigating the early intervention system, obtaining all necessary services. Service Coordinators will also assist with exploring the various options for transitioning to appropriate services. Jumpstart has service coordinators who speak a variety of languages including Spanish, Yiddish, Hebrew and Russian.

In an effort to address a pressing community need, and after nearly two decades of providing exceptional early intervention therapy and care, Jumpstart initiated its ABA program to service families of children diagnosed with autism. Autism, which is steadily on the rise, has a current rate of diagnosis as high as 1 in 68 children. It is typically characterized by delays in social-emotional reciprocity, nonverbal communicative behavior and delays in developing, maintaining and understanding relationships. Young children with autism often display restricted or repetitive patterns of behavior, interest and activities. Combined, these characteristics severely impact a child´s overall development. Noting that some children with autism would benefit from a professionally equipped center based setting to complement their home based individualized programming, Jumpstart also provides services in our ABA center located on Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn.

When a child is diagnosed with autism, it can be quite difficult for the family. Jumpstart´s team of therapists, together with Service Coordinators and other support staff, collaborate to help maximize their time spent with the child and his family and develop the child´s skills. Jumpstart´s approach of warmth and compassion, combined with goal-centered, skills-driven teaching has proven to be an effective way to help these children on the path to greater success.

The educational method of choice for treating autism is ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis). ABA is a systematic method of analyzing deficits in significant areas of development and breaking down the skills to be taught into tiny, teachable steps, in a way that promotes success at all levels while minimizing frustration on the child´s part. Cognitive, social-emotional, speech and language, motor and communicative skills are among the skills that can be taught utilizing this methodology which has proven to be highly successful in developing proficiency in many skill areas.

If you have concerns about your child's development, you may call 311 and request the NYC EI program to refer your child for an evaluation or screening. If your child is found eligible for services by an approved NYS Department of Health (DOH) evaluator, you, the NYC EI program staff, and other team members will develop a plan to help you and your child.
EI services authorized by the NYC EI program are provided at no out of pocket cost to you. The county you live in will arrange for 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 accessed to cover some of the costs. Any other costs for EI services are paid for by your county and NYC. EI services are provided where it is best for your child in places such as your home, day care or other community settings.
Reimbursement for evaluation and services are governed by public health laws. Providers seek reimbursements under a health insurance plan or contract, including Medicaid and Child Health Plus, prior to seeking reimbursement from a municipality. The New York Early Intervention Program does not pay for day care or other fees charged by community settings. The Early Intervention
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Shifra Deutsch, LMSW
Program Director
Phone: 718-853-9700 Ext. 210
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Nechamie Botknecht, MSEd BCBA
ABA Supervisor
Phone: 718-853-9700 ext. 350