125 E. Bethpage Road, Suite 5
Plainview, NY 11803
Helping children with developmental delays and their families for over 15 years!
For over 15 years, Marion K. Salomon & Associates (MKSA) has been helping children with developmental delays. MKSA provides a full range of evaluation, educational, therapeutic and support services for children birth through school age. We support each child’s developmental potential by providing individualized programs tailored to each child’s specific needs. Our agency’s special strength comes from our emphasis on advanced training, our years of experience, and our strong sense of personal involvement with every family.
If your child is not doing what other kids the same age are doing— you should ask questions…and get answers.
Call us at 516-731-5588 (press 6).
MKSA serves parents and their children birth to 35 months through Early Intervention (EI), preschoolers through each school district’s Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE), and school-age children through each district’s Committee on Special Education (CSE). Our caring, concerned group of professionals has many years of experience in working with babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children. We make every effort to enhance your child’s development and to respond quickly and sensitively to your concerns as parents. Our goal is to provide prompt, accurate evaluations, effective treatment for developmental difficulties, and support for the families of young children.
During their early years children normally develop in five basic skill areas:
•Communication: using and understanding language
•Cognitive: intellectual ability; problem solving
•Gross and fine motor: physical skills, such as walking and handling objects
•Social and emotional: dealing with others; handling and expressing their own emotions
•Adaptive: self-help skills, such as feeding and dressing
If you think that your child is not developing normally in any of these areas, you have a right to a professional evaluation and treatment too, if needed. The Early Intervention (EI) and Preschool (CPSE) programs are funded by New York State and your county of residence. There are no out-of- pocket costs to the family. To access EI services, contact the Nassau County Department of Health at 516-227-8661 or the Suffolk County Department of Health at 631-853-3100. For preschool services, contact your local school district. Your health insurance may pay for some of these services without affecting your family’s benefits.
A TWO-STEP APPROACH
Early diagnosis and treatment are important in improving children’s competence and confidence in all areas of development. The sooner the children’s developmental delays are treated, the more likely they’ll be able to enter mainstream educational programs. We are an approved provider of EI and CPSE services under contract with Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Our first step is to evaluate children’s development in the five basic areas. (Only state approved evaluators under contract with the county can determine eligibility.)
Our second step is treatment. If a child is found eligible for Early Intervention (EI), the family works with the evaluators and the county to identify the appropriate treatment services. Services must be authorized and arranged by the county. If a child is found eligible for preschool services, the family acts as a member of the school district’s Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) to determine appropriate services. Your school district can help you arrange these services. We can also provide services for school-age children at the district’s request.
Among the services we offer are:
•Speech and language therapy
-Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
•Psychological and social work services
APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is now considered the treatment of choice for autism and certain other conditions. We’re proud that our agency has earned a reputation as one of the area’s leaders in ABA services. We are active members of the autism community.
Our clinical psychologists are expert at diagnosing or ruling out autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Our staff includes an ABA director and a variety of ABA specialists with extensive experience and credentials. We use a team approach, involving a team leader who coordinates the work of one or more ABA teachers. Because professional support is essential to develop and maintain effective behavioral programs, we assign an ABA field coordinator to support each team’s work. The coordinator’s experience and advanced training are valuable resources for your child and family. We’d be happy to talk to you about ABA and whether it may be appropriate for your child.
A HOME-BASED PROGRAM
Home-based means we bring the services to you. We’ll go to wherever your child is: your home, a day care center, a preschool. (Of course, families pay for any non-county services they choose for their children, such as private schools for typically- developing children.) We cover all of Long Island, and to further accommodate you, our evaluators and treatment professionals work a variety of days and times. We can offer all the services you need: evaluation, treatment, or both. Our professionals have extensive backgrounds in special services for children with multiple handicaps, behavioral difficulties, extreme prematurity, and genetic and chromosomal abnormalities. Some of those special services include:
•Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
•sensory integration training
•Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)
•family training and counseling
•ongoing service coordination
•teaching the visually impaired and hearing impaired
Our evaluators, teachers, and therapists speak numerous languages including: Spanish, Greek, Russian, Hebrew, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Tagalog, Farsi, Mandarin, Cantonese, French-Creole, ASL, and others.
OUR ON-SITE CLINIC OPTIONS
We also offer services in our office. These include evaluation and treatment, such as speech, physical, and occupational therapies, as well as parent-child, separation, and social skills groups. Call us for more information and a tour of our facilities. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.
THE DIRECTOR AND THE ASSOCIATES
Marion K. Salomon earned a doctorate in psychology from Yale University; at the University of Oregon Medical School, she received post-doctoral training in working with the physically and mentally handicapped. She is a licensed psychologist with more than twenty years of experience in evaluating and treating developmentally delayed infants, children, and adults, supervising parent training and support groups, and counseling families. Dr. Salomon has been a consultant to public and private schools, contributed articles to professional journals, and wrote the chapter on play therapy for physically handicapped children in The Handbook of Play Therapy. She is on university advisory committees for children with special needs. As a university faculty member, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in child development and abnormal psychology.
The Professionals: Our professional associates all have specialized training, extensive experience, and New York State licenses or certification.
• special education teachers
• speech pathologists
• physical therapists
• occupational therapists
• social workers
We are happy to speak with you and answer your questions.
Remember to check our website for upcoming events and training programs.