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Groups: Questions to consider

Considerations when determining whether any group experience is appropriate for a child or parent:

  • Parent Interest & Participation: Has the parent expressed interest in a group?  What kind of group experience is the parent interested in for her/himself and/or the child? How will the child/family’s identified outcomes be met through participation in a group?
  • Purpose of Group: Is a group experience developmentally appropriate for the child?  For example, consider child’s social-emotional developmental age, child’s strengths, interests, and other developmental needs.
  • Family & Community Resources: What is the family’s typical routine and does it already include opportunities for a group experience?  If the family’s routine does not include group experiences, what opportunities exist within the neighborhood or community?  Does the child already participate in any of these groups?  If yes, is the child able to participate fully in these groups and is the child making developmental progress?  If not, what are the barriers?  How can the current service delivery model be adapted to support the child’s full participation in a community group setting?

Given these considerations, if a developmental group experience is being recommended for the child, providers, parents and service coordinators should first consider the use of a community group comprised of typically developing children. Research indicates that toddlers are best influenced by peer models.  There is a broad range of community programs and group settings that may meet child and family needs such as: neighborhood play groups, day care centers, community centers, recreational programs, library programs, family resource centers, Early Head Start centers, etc. Parents should also be informed of the ability of the provider to provide services to the parent/child in that setting.

If there is no appropriate community group available, or those available would not meet the needs of the child/parent, then an EI funded group should be considered.  Ideally, the discussion should take place at an IFSP or a team meeting with the EIOD present or participating by conference call.    

Parent and Child Groups

Parents learn strategies and activities that help enhance their child's development. View groups...

Developmental Groups

Enriched therapeutic learning environments lead by special needs providers with individual therapy available as needed. Unless noted as an Inclusive group (with typically developing children), these groups are comprised of only children with special needs. These groups do not include parents. View groups...

Family Support Groups

All are held in the evenings without children for families/caregivers to learn about topics of interest that are specific to caring for and/or enhancing their child's development. View groups...

Parent and Child Groups

Bright Start Pediatric Services
149 N. Main St., Fairport, NY 14450
Phone: (585) 555-5555
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Clinical Associates of the Finger Lakes: "Exploring Senses with Me," "Explorers," and "Grow with Me"
590 Fishers Station Dr., Suite 130, Victor, NY 14564
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Clinical Associates of the Finger Lakes: "Exploring Senses with Me," "Explorers," and "Grow with Me"
2765 Buffalo Rd., Suite 1B , Rochester, NY 14624
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Family Resource Centers of Crestwood Children's Center
1 Mustard St., 2nd Floor, Suite 250, Rochester, NY 14609
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LEAP for Kids
Parma Greece United Church
1211 Manitou Rd., Spencerport, NY 14559
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Rochester Hearing and Speech Center: TAALK Program
1000 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14620
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Rochester Hearing and Speech Center: TAALK Program
3199 Ridge Rd. W, Rochester, NY 14626
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Rochester Hearing and Speech Center: TAALK Program
1170 Ridge Rd. , Webster, NY 14580
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Stepping Stones Learning Center - Tender Loving Caregiver (TLC) Group
(W Irondequoit)
41 Cole brook Dr., Rochester, NY 14617
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Developmental Groups

Bright Start Pediatric Services
149 N. Main St., Fairport, NY 14450
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Clinical Associates of the Finger Lakes: "Exploring Senses with Me," "Explorers," and "Grow with Me"
2765 Buffalo Rd., Suite 1B , Rochester, NY 14624
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Clinical Associates of the Finger Lakes: "Play To Grow" and "Sensational Kids"
590 Fishers Station Dr., Suite 130, Victor, NY 14564
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Communication Center for Hearing and Speech
2830 Baird Road , Fairport, NY 14450
Phone: 585-255-0305 (Contact: Vicki Follaco)
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Communication Center for Hearing and Speech: "Little Stars"
150 Lettington Ave., Rochester, NY 14624
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CP Rochester
3399 Winton Rd S, Rochester, NY 14623
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F.I.R.S.T. (Family Instructional Resource and Service Team) at Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD)
1545 St. Paul St., Rochester, NY 14621
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Family Resource Children's Center Centers of Crestwood
Peter Castle FRC (includes typically developing children)
555 Avenue D, Rochester, NY 14621
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Stepping Stones Learning Center Group at Generations Child Care
(W Irondequoit)
41 Colebrook Rd, Rochester, NY 14617
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Stepping Stones Learning Center Group at Generations Child Care
Integrated with typically developing children
179 Stenson St. , Rochester, NY 14606
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Stepping Stones Learning Center Group at Generations Child Care
Integrated with typically developing children
250 Empire Blvd, Rochester, NY 14609
Phone: 467-4567
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Stepping Stones Learning Center Group at Ready, Set, Grow Preschool
Integrated with typically developing children
6787 Fourth Section Rd, Brockport, NY 14420
Phone: 467-4567
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Family Support Groups

CP Rochester
3399 Winton Rd. S, Rochester, NY 14623
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F.I.R.S.T. (Family Instructional Resource and Service Team) at Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD)
1545 St. Paul St., Rochester, NY 14621
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Family Resource Centers of Crestwood Children's Center
Contact Lynn Steenwerth
1 Mustard St. , 2nd Floor, Suite 250 , Rochester, NY 14609
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