Early Intervention
Early Intervention

Our Early Intervention Program works with infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities and their family members in their homes or other natural environments.

Our team of experts will help you to formulate a plan to address your child’s needs and support you during a challenging time. Our team consists of special educators, physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, child development specialists, behavioral specialists, teachers of the deaf, child development associates, social workers, nurses, and translators.

Eligibility
Children are eligible for Early Intervention Program service if they are under three years of age, and if they:
  • Demonstrated a measured developmental delay of at least a 2.0 standard deviation below the mean in one area of development; or a 1.5  standard deviation below the mean in two or more areas of development on a standardized evaluation tool
  • Have a documented clinical opinion
  • Have a physical or medical diagnosis that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay (For example Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, etc.) that have been confirmed in a signed statement report from a medical professional
  • Children at risk are not eligible for services

Families must also agree to participate in the state’s family cost share. The amount of the family cost share is determined by family income.

For more information please contact Carolyn Russo-Azer Director of the Early Intervention Program (973) 821-8265 crussoazer@pillarnj.org
Jumpstart Therapeutic Play Groups
Enrollment is now open for Pillar Care’s JUMPSTART! early intervention therapeutic play group!

The group is provided free of charge for children ages 3 and under who are currently receiving early intervention services. The group meets once per week for 8 weeks in both the fall and the spring at our Pillar Elementary School in Livingston. Children and caregivers have the opportunity to trial appropriate positioning equipment and augmentative communication devices and participate in group lessons run by experienced physical, speech and occupational therapists. Through therapeutic play, our groups incorporate communication skills, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, socialization, sensory integration and positive food experiences.

For more information please contact
Lisa Diorio
(973) 740-2353
How to Help
Our supporters are critical to maximizing the effectiveness of our organization. There are a number of ways you can help.