Child Services

Early Childhood
(Birth – 5 years)

At the heart of every dream for a child is the promise of an exceptional education regardless of ability. At Abilities First, we believe that in order for early childhood education to be exceptional, it must (a) prepare students for future educational success, (b) offer opportunities for children with special needs to be educated among their peers, and (c) account for individual difference between students in terms of developmental progress. Our Pre-School Programs meet all of the above criteria.

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(5 – 21 years)

Our specialized school services are designed for children ages 5 – 21 with intellectual and developmental disabilities including Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and other related conditions. With locations across the Hudson Valley, we deliver exceptional quality education using evidence-based methods that prepare students for life beyond school.

Children in our program are referred by their home school districts so they can participate in our highly specialized academic and therapeutic services. There is no cost for children that qualify and transportation is provided.

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Family Support & Advocacy

The array of services for children with developmental challenges and ways to access them can be complicated, leaving many parents and family members wondering who to turn to for help. At times, families also find the need for someone to advocate on their behalf and/or teach parents how to advocate for themselves to get their needs met. To address this variety of issues, Abilities First offers Family Support & Advocacy.

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Home & Community Services

For children with disabilities that live with their families, we bring services to the home and the community. These services are delivered by trained Abilities First staff members, typically in a one-to-one ratio. The selected staff member comes to the home to provide support and care in the home (Respite) or provide skill building activities in the home or out in the community (Community Habilitation). Family members are encouraged to take part in selecting staff members and scheduling activities.

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