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Before determining what services might be needed and if someone qualifies for that service an evaluation is often needed. YAI’s Center for Specialty Therapy can support people with a wide array of evaluations to support someone’s application for a service (e.g. state-funded I/DD service, ongoing therapies, 17-A guardianship). 

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Psychological Evaluations

Providing diagnostic evaluations to assist in determining the presence or absence of a developmental disability according to guidelines of the State of New York.


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Psychosocial Evaluations

YAI's psychosocial evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of a person's history from birth until the present time. Assessment information is usually gathered from the parent/guardian and previous evaluations. 

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Autism Assessment

Diagnostic evaluations — usually Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) and Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS-2) — are offered to determine the presence or absence of autism spectrum disorders. 

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Guardianship Evaluation

YAI’s psychological testing unit conducts Guardianship Determination Assessments for parents seeking to obtain 17-A Guardianship of their child once they turn age 18. 

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Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)

Providing comprehensive evaluations for people with complex communication needs. Follow-up training, therapy, and programming is also available.

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OT, PT and Speech Evaluations

The rehabilitation department are a group of Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapists providing evaluations and services to people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

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Neuropsychological evaluations are used to determine a person's levels of functioning in a variety of areas including attention, memory, and language. 

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Mental Health Evaluation

Offering mental health services specifically for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), their partners, and caregivers. Initial evaluations for medication management or ongoing therapy are provided.

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YAI Services

YAI has a broad range of services for people with I/DD. From clinical services, day programs, and schools; to kitchen skills, crisis service, and independent living supports for people in the community. 

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