Home & Community

There is a full range of Home & Community services offered to children enrolled in the Early Intervention Program (Birth to 2-11 Years), Preschool Children with a Disability (3 Years to 5 Years) and School-Age Children. These services include:

  • Special Instruction
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Teacher Assistant Trained in ABA
  • Parent Training
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services are available to reinforce and facilitate the carryover of skills to prevent regression
  • Family Training
  • Psychology
  • Service Coordination
  • Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT)

Autism Inclusion Project

The Autism Inclusion Project provides consultative services for school districts that share the Young Autism Program’s vision of including children with autism within the least-restrictive environment. Each student, at the request of the school district, receives a two- to three-hour consultation by a trained professional versed in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Applied Behavior Analysis.


The consultation is designed to provide an observation of the student, direct intervention with the student, a team meeting (meetings include all personnel who are involved with the student’s education and most importantly, the student’s parents), and a written summary of the observation and recommendations. School district personnel are encouraged to contact the consultant if an issue should arise with a student that warrants a change in visit frequency and/or duration.


Lastly, the consultant, if desired by the district, can provide staff development workshops. The Autism Inclusion Project provides districts with a consumer satisfaction survey at the end of each school year. The feedback from these surveys is utilized to provide the best quality of service possible.

Training Institute

The Young Autism Program Training Institute provides school district personnel the opportunity to receive training in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Applied Behavior Analysis.


The Training Institute is offered at both campuses of the Young Autism Program (Ronkonkoma and Medford). School district personnel attend a two-week training course that consists of two integral components.


The first phase of training is the direct instruction. For this phase of training, the district personnel are assigned to work “hands-on” with a student with autism three hours per day. During this time, district personnel receive training in the implementation of (a) teaching strategies, (b) data collection, (c) behavior intervention plans and an overall proactive approach to teaching.


The second phase of the Training Institute is the didactic phase. During this component of training, the clinical staff of the Young Autism Program provides workshops in the areas mentioned above. During these workshops, district personnel are encouraged to develop questions that relate to their teaching environment.


At the conclusion of the Training Institute, personnel receive a Certificate of Completion from the Young Autism Program. The district personnel are strongly urged to continue to receive ongoing training in the education of students with autism and are provided with information and literature to assist them.

For more information please contact:
Christine Ponzio, Director of the Young Autism Program                      
(631) 580-4004

Linda Whitaker, Director of the Starting Early Program
(631) 266-4418