Developmental Disabilities Institute

Developmental Disabilities Institute

Designated as a Center of Excellence in New York State, CDP provides a transdisciplinary model of high quality and innovative educational services to more than 220 students.  A highly individualized curriculum is designed and implemented by a team of educators and related service providers. With campuses located in Huntington and Smithtown, the school-age program serves students with an educational classification of autism, intellectual disabilities, or multiple disabilities. 

Students/Disabilities Served 

The Children’s Day Program (CDP), serves students age 5 to 21 who have an identified developmental delay or disability.

Services Provided 

Related services may include speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and vocational training. Special areas of instruction include adapted physical education, art, music, and technology.

Enhanced clinical supports and behavioral expertise are hallmark features of CDP. Many of the clinical staff are board certified behavior analysts (BCBA) or have completed advanced studies in behavior analysis.  The clinical team includes licensed psychologists, social workers, clinical coordinators, behavior specialists and behavior support staff who work seamlessly with the education team to provide high-quality instruction and wrap-around supports.

Families and caregivers work in partnership with the educational team through participation in quarterly team meetings, Individualized Education Program (IEP) planning, and parent training.  CDP offers after-school and weekend respite to eligible students on a rotational basis.  The DDI Parent Association offers a network of support and information to family members of the students enrolled at CDP.

Contact Information

Michelle Sciara, MSEd, BCBA, LBA Associate Director
Developmental Disabilities Institute
Children’s Day Program
99 Hollywood Drive, Smithtown, NY 11787
25 Little Plains Road, Huntington, NY 11743
Email:  Tel:  (631)-366-2917