Rose F. Kennedy Children's Evaluation & Rehabilitation Center at Montefiore

Specialty Centers

Center for Babies, Toddlers and Families/Early Childhood Center (CBTF/ECC)

The CBTF/ECC provides therapeutic intervention for infants, toddlers and preschool age children with developmental delays and disabilities who have associated behavioral difficulties and young children presenting concerns primarily in their social emotional development. Young children referred to the ECC receive trauma-informed, relationship-based developmental therapy, psychotherapy and/or behavioral interventions individually, in groups, and in dyadic sessions with their parents or caregivers.  

Developmental and psychotherapeutic supports are provided to young children and their caregivers in foster care, and guidance is offered to foster parents and child welfare personnel to support children’s progress and permanency. Parent groups enhance the guidance, support, information, and advocacy offered to all families. A specialized Group Attachment Based Intervention (GABI) program is offered in English and Spanish for infants and toddlers and their parents. Outreach projects provide developmental and psychotherapeutic supports for young children in other systems, including primary pediatric clinics, family court and other child-serving systems.

ECC’ s Infant-Parent Court Project was initiated in 2009 to address the specific needs of children under age 3 who are involved in the child welfare system. The Bronx-based Court Project works with parents and their young children who have been placed in foster care due to allegations of maltreatment. The intervention addresses the issues of trauma and attachment that are vital to improving parenting, securing permanency and preventing recurrence of maltreatment..

The Center for Babies, Toddlers and Families/Early Childhood Center is located in the Van Etten Building, 1225 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, New York 

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The Harold Diner Special Care Dentistry Center (SCDC)

An integral part of CERC, the Harold Diner Special Care Dentistry Center was founded in 1965 by Dr. Harold Diner. Today, the dental program provides comprehensive dental care to children and adults with developmental disabilities and a variety of chronic medical conditions. A highly skilled staff offers wide-ranging special care dental services which accommodate the unique needs of this population. All of the clinic personnel are trained in the latest behavior management techniques. The facility is also able to offer sedation on an out-patient basis, which makes dental treatment possible for the most apprehensive and behaviorally resistant patient.

Dental services include prosthodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, restorative, pediatric dentistry and periodontics, to individuals with developmental disabilities throughout the New York City metropolitan area. Each year, the staff provides more than 4,500 patient visits, including over 300 sedation visits. We are one of only a few providers in the metropolitan area that offers dental treatment under intravenous sedation for individuals with these health care needs, alleviating the need for these patients to require general anesthesia in an operating room setting for their dental care.

In addition to being a source of treatment to this at-risk and underserved population, the Harold Diner Special Care Dentistry program assures that another generation of dental professionals will be available to care for these individuals in the future. The clinic is home to a long-established clinical fellowship program, a one-year, full-time experience in which dentists receive clinical training in dentistry for persons with developmental disabilities. In addition, the staff trains residents from five other general dentistry residency programs. Trainees have unique opportunities for interaction, both clinically and in a didactic setting, with a variety of other professionals who are involved with this special needs population. Our professional staff includes pediatric dentists, special care dentists, general dentists, dental anesthesiologists, and oral surgeons. 

Hear Dr. Farah Alam discuss the Dental Clinic 

For more information, call 718.839.7084. The Harold Diner Special Care Dentistry Center is located in the Van Etten Building, 1225 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, New York 


Fisher Landau Center for the Treatment of Learning Disabilities (FLC)

The FLC coordinates all CERC activities in the treatment of learning disabilities in children, adolescents, and adults. The Center also trains a broad range of professionals from health, psychology, education, vocational rehabilitation and related fields through fellowships, externships, workshops, conferences and seminars. It houses:

  • The Infant, Toddler and Preschool program provides diagnosis and treatment of developmental challenges of all kinds. Treatment programs focus on fostering positive parent-child relationships, improving language and communication skills, enhancing the child’s attention span and play skills and developing other "reading and school-based readiness" skills.
  • The Psychoeducational Treatment Services Program focuses on school-age children and adolescents. Treatment goals include improvement in self-esteem, attitude toward school, academic skills, attention, and the ability of students to manage their school work and complete assignments. During group essions, appropriate social interactions are instructed and facilitated.
  • The Adult Literacy Program provides diagnostic and consultation services to adults with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders. Psychoeducational treatment includes training in the use of assistive technology is provided in the Florence G. Roswell Learning and Technology Center.

The Fisher Landau Center for the Treatment of Learning Disabilities is located on the 2nd floor of the Van Etten Building, 1225 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, New York.

Click here for the LD Access Manual - A Practical Guide to Using Technology with Learning Disabled Adults in Adult Literacy Programs developed by the Adult Literacy Program faculty and staff (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).


Rehabilitation, Evaluation, and Learning for Autistic Infants and Toddlers at Einstein (RELATE)

The Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center provides multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment for children of all ages with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

The RELATE program offers in-depth multidisciplinary diagnostic evaluations and treatment for children, birth to preschool, with language, social, and/or behavioral difficulties including Autism and other related disorders.

Available services include

  • Multidisciplinary diagnostic clarification utilizing state of the art instruments for the diagnosis of Autism in infants and toddlers  
  • Formulation of a comprehensive intervention plan with specific recommendations  
  • On-going follow-up and assistance for families in advocating for school programs and therapeutic services  
  • Referral for appropriate additional medical work-up, including genetics, neurology, and gastroenterology, as needed  

Center-based services include

  • Development pediatrics  
  • Speech and language therapy  
  •  Physical and occupational therapy  
  •  Multidisciplinary feeding group and nutrition for management of behavioral feeding disorders  
  •  Parent/child dyadic therapy, behavior management and parent support  
  •  Evaluation and management of toe-walking. including prescribing and fabrication of adaptive equipment  
  •  Pharmacotherapy for management of behavior problems
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