2017 Service Recognition Awards: Rowan

2017 Service Recognition Awards

Since 1995, Rowan University’s Early Intervention Program, funded partly by the Department of Health, has been providing quality services to infants and children with a wide range of developmental issues who are birth to three years of age and enrolled in the New Jersey Early Intervention System . Working in partnership with our families and the Early Intervention system to provide exemplary services to our vulnerable infants and children is key to our mission.

Rowan has a dedicated staff of occupational and physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, Teachers of the Handicapped, Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Child Development Specialists, Child Development Associates, psychologists, and behavior specialists. Many of Rowan’s staff have been with the program for more than a decade. Rowan’s coordinator, Michael Cook, has led the program in its growth from serving 50 families to serving 150 families in multiple counties and employing over 20 staff members. Rowan’s success comes from our staff and the constant referral of new staff members from our current staff.

Rowan was involved with the development of the Southern New Jersey Regional Early Intervention Collaborative (SNJREIC) and Dr. Roberta Dihoff, a faculty member in Rowan’s Psychology Department, served as both the interim director of the SNJREIC and the board chairperson. Rowan has taken active participation on regional committees and has hosted regional and state meetings.

In addition, Rowan prides itself in training the next generation of early intervention providers, including occupational therapists in cooperation with the College of the Sciences, teachers, psychologists, and school psychologists. Rowan also provides the internship year for speech and language pathologists.