What is the School Age Program?School Age

The School Age Education Program, called Children’s Day Program, serves students age 5 to 21 who have an identified developmental delay or disability.  The school-age program serves students with a diagnosis of autism, intellectual disabilities, or multiple disabilities.  We serve students with no regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, national origin or sponsor.  We welcome diversity.


What services are available through Children's Day Program?

In two school campuses, all class groupings of 6 students are taught by one teacher and three teaching Assistants.   There is one class of 12 students with one teacher and 4 Teaching Assistants.  Related services ( Speech, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Prevocational/Transition services, Psychological Services) are pushed in to the students’ environment so everyone working with the student can generalize the target skills in the context of functional activities. 

Programmatic services include a curriculum coordinator, Adapted Physical Education, Art, Music and Technology services and community outings. 

Clinical supports include Behavior Support Workers, Behavior Specialists, Clinical Coordinators, PhD Psychologists.  Our program is overseen by Board Certified Behavior Analysts. 


How do I refer my child to the Childrens Day Program? 

Students attend the Children’s Day Program (CDP) at the approval of the students’ home School Districts. 

Referral packets are sent to the CDP by school districts after there has been a CSE meeting during which a decision to explore DDI as a possible educational placement has been made.  When we receive an appropriate referral, the student and family are invited to come in for a screening by a Transdisciplinary Screening Team.  Screenings and admissions to the program are carried out throughout the year.  DDI teachers, therapists and behavior specialists work with the CSE and parent to develop or modify appropriate IEP goals for students once they enter program.  A CSE meeting will be scheduled within 4-6 weeks after admission in order to discuss goals with the CSE.  No student shall be required to obtain a prescription for a drug or other substance as a condition of attending our school. 


If you require further information and assistance in making a referral, DDI can guide you through the referral process.


Huntington: Candace Hamilton - (ages 5-21) 631 266-4420

Smithtown: Kiera Essling - (ages 14-21) 631 366-2989