Starting Early, DDI is an approved evaluation site for children aged birth to 5.

Expert diagnostic teams perform multi-disciplinary evaluations in your home, in your child’s preschool/ day care or at Starting Early locations in Huntington and Ronkonkoma.

 
We are approved by the New York State Department of Health to perform Early Intervention evaluations for children birth to 3 years of age. 

• We are approved by the New York State Education Department to perform 4410 preschool evaluations children 3 – 5 years of age. 

 

These evaluations are performed at no cost to you and are funded by     New York State and Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

 

 

How Do I Get Started?

If you suspect your child has a developmental delay in the areas of speech/language, cognition, fine motor, gross motor or behavioral development we strongly suggest that you discuss these concerns with your child’s pediatrician or one of our evaluation coordinators.  An evaluation may be recommended and can be completed by Starting Early, DDI’s approved evaluation team.

 

All evaluations are completed by licensed and certified professionals with many years of expertise in the field. Your child  will be evaluated by at least one specialist the area of suspected delay.

            Psychological Evaluation

            Speech/Language Evaluation

            Occupational Therapy Evaluation

            Physical Therapy Evaluation

            Family Assessment/Social History

            Educational Evaluation

            Diagnostic Evaluations to rule out Autism Spectrum Disorder

 

Who Do I Call?

Early Intervention Evaluations

If your child is under three years of age our evaluation coordinators can help you refer your child to the County Department of Health-Division of Services for Children with Special Needs. The Department of Health will assign your family an Initial Service Coordinator who will assist you through the evaluation process.  As a parent, you or your pediatrician may call the Department of Health directly to make the referral. Your Initial Service Coordinator will provide you with a list of approved evaluators by The New York State Department of Health.  If you choose Starting Early, DDI to be your evaluation site our evaluation coordinators will contact you to schedule your evaluation.   

 

Nassau County Department of Health - (516) 227-8661

 

Suffolk County Department of Health - (631) 853-3100

 

Huntington: Loyda Mastrelli, Evaluation Coordinator (631) 266-4413 Email Loyda

Medford & Ronkonkoma: Jeanne Rubbo, Evaluation Coordinator (631) 580-4024 Email Jeanne

 

Preschool Evaluations

If your child is between the ages of three and five, our evaluation coordinators can provide you with your school district's contact person and phone number to the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) in the school district in which you reside. Your school district will provide you with a list of approved 4410 preschool evaluation sites.  If you choose Starting Early, DDI to be your evaluation site our evaluation coordinators can guide you through the CPSE evaluation process.

 

Huntington: Loyda Mastrelli, Evaluation Coordinator (631) 266-4413 Email Loyda

Medford & Ronkonkoma: Jeanne Rubbo, Evaluation Coordinator (631) 580-4024  Email Jeanne