The Harlem Child Development Center offers an outpatient clinic, a therapeutic nursery school, early childhood consultation to community based settings, and a special education itinerant teacher program for children ages 2-6 with a range of developmental, neurological and/or emotional and behavioral problems. Children in our services have specific language and learning challenges, pervasive developmental disorder, autistic spectrum disorder, as well as behavioral and emotional difficulties. Individual and group services for families and caregivers are also provided.
Therapeutic Nursery School
For children 3 to 5 years of age presenting with developmental delays, communication problems, social/emotional/behavioral difficulties, or attention and learning deficits. A highly structured small group classroom (8:1:2) helps them build self-esteem, develop relationships, and become effective learners. Individualized mandated therapies, including speech and language, occupational, physical, play, and music, are provided. An interdisciplinary team approach, inclusive of the family, promotes best practices for understanding the child’s challenges and strengths. (NYSED and NYC DOE funded)
Special Education Itinerant Teaching (SEIT) Program
Certified Special Educators work with children ages 3 to 5 who require additional support in their regular education settings to integrate them into their class while working to achieve child-specific goals. SEIT provides for 1:1 work and group work in the child’s classroom, consultation to the child’s teacher, parent guidance, and coordination of related services. (NYSED and NYC DOE funded)
Early Childhood Consultation
Specialists in child/family development provide ongoing, on-site consultation to private and public preschools. Consultants observe children, meet with directors and teachers, conduct workshops, and offer parent guidance, including child development referrals for assessment and services when needed.
Virginia and Leonard Marx Outpatient Clinic
Serves families with infants, toddlers, and children through elementary school age. The clinic offers evaluations and treatment planning; parent-child psychotherapy; individual, family, and group therapy; and family guidance. These services help children and families overcome such challenges as difficult behaviors; social/emotional problems; sensory integration disorder; reactions to family changes of separation, divorce, illness, domestic violence, and trauma; as well as school difficulties and developmental delays. (Medicaid and private insurance accepted; sliding scale for uninsured; NYC DOE CPSE evaluation site.)