Tuesday, September 15, 2015

About the Programs Provided by the DDI’s Young Autism Program

With more than 40 years of experience in the roofing industry, Barry Grummer has served as the president of K Restoration and Roofing Corporation since 2002. A dedicated member of his community, Barry Grummer contributes to a number of charitable organizations, including the Developmental Disabilities Institute’s (DDI) Young Autism Program (YAP).

Since its founding in 1951, the nonprofit DDI has worked to meet the needs of children with autism and other developmental disabilities through a wide range of services. Central to its mission is YAP, which offers programs like Early Intervention, for infants and children going into preschool, and Family Support, a free service for caregivers.

Approved by the New York State Departments of Education and Health, YAP can perform multidisciplinary evaluations at the child’s home, DDI locations in Ronkonkoma and Huntington, or at a daycare center. Other Early Intervention services include parent training and individualized instruction in developmental groups, among others specifically designed to address each child’s particular needs.

YAP’s Family Support service encompasses both a Children’s Day Program and Project SOAR, which are overseen by trained care providers. Funded by the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities, they provide family caregivers a chance to rest or to accomplish a task, whether it’s for a few hours once a week or longer periods during school breaks.

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