Our Programs

Adirondack Helping Hands, Inc. provides specialized services to children ages Birth to five years, through either Early Intervention or the Preschool Special Education Program. Our teams conduct evaluations to determine if a child has specific needs related to their development, along with any of the services a child may need. Therapy for either program can address any developmental concerns regarding Physical, Communication, Cognitive, Social-Emotional, and/or Adaptive skills

Adirondack Helping Hands is approved by New York State Department of Education, as well as, The Clinton, Essex and Franklin County Health Departments to provide the following intervention services:

Early Intervention Services

If your child is Birth to three years, and you have concerns regarding your child’s development, please contact the Clinton County Health Department’s Developmental Services Unit at 518-565-4848. A service coordinator will assist you in making a referral for your child. You can also contact Adirondack Helping Hands, Inc. at 518-561-6361 for additional assistance.

Preschool Services

If your child is three to five years, and you have concerns regarding your child’s development, please contact the school district in which you reside. You can also contact Adirondack Helping Hands, Inc. at 518-561-6361 for additional assistance.

Classroom Services

Autism Services

DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENINGS

Developmental Screenings are available at no cost to families. These services are traditionally offered within the community at various settings .

AHH employs highly skilled clinicians and support staff

Our dedicated clinicians have experience and knowledge in working with children that have developmental delays.

Remote Learning

In the light of the Pandemic, our staff has worked hard at making a seamless transition to on-line learning should the need arise at any time.

Katie Calkins and Bridget Benware: Co-Owners

Thank you for trusting our school with your children; we hold their best interests in mind
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Thank you for trusting our school with your children; we hold their best interests in mind

Brady Channell: Preschool Director

No child isn’t worth your time!
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No child isn’t worth your time!

Ashley Brassard: Physical Therapist

I am here to help your child learn, develop, and apply their gross motor skills all while having fun.
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I am here to help your child learn, develop, and apply their gross motor skills all while having fun.

Emily Perry: Teacher Assistant

I love working with my preschoolers. The progress they make, makes me proud! I look forward to every year
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I love working with my preschoolers. The progress they make, makes me proud! I look forward to every year

Brian Wallenhorst “Wally”: One-on-One Aide

I will always have your child’s best interest at heart and treat them like my own.
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I will always have your child’s best interest at heart and treat them like my own.

Caitlin Thompson: Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapy can help your child with fine motor skills, self-help skills, and being successful; and that is what I...
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Occupational therapy can help your child with fine motor skills, self-help skills, and being successful; and that is what I am here for

Fae Chatt: School Counselor

All children need and deserve to be loved, respected, and honored for who they are.
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All children need and deserve to be loved, respected, and honored for who they are.

Pamela Staley: One-on-One Aide

Patience, tolerance, kindness, guidance, and compassion
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Patience, tolerance, kindness, guidance, and compassion

Pamela Juneua: One-on-One Aide

Enjoy the little things, go on adventures, and be silly with your child
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Enjoy the little things, go on adventures, and be silly with your child

Elizabeth Keysor: Teacher Assistant

We remind your children that they are kind, smart and incredible people because what they believe is what they will...
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We remind your children that they are kind, smart and incredible people because what they believe is what they will become.

Kala Warren: One-on-One Aide

Being able to watch the children learn and grow is the best.
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Being able to watch the children learn and grow is the best.

Jillian Buckley: Special Education Teacher

BE somebody that makes everybody feel like a somebody
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BE somebody that makes everybody feel like a somebody

Jennifer Harp: Speech Language Pathologist

All children have a voice and something important to share
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All children have a voice and something important to share

Genevieve Gertcsh-Cochran: Special Education Teacher

I cannot wait to meet your child and have a great year with them!
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I cannot wait to meet your child and have a great year with them!

Danielle Swart: Speech Language Pathologist

Play and have fun with your children! They are learning so much as you play with them!
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Play and have fun with your children! They are learning so much as you play with them!

Christina Goddeau: Cook

I have spent over 25 years in institutional food service.  I won't let your kid go hungry!
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I have spent over 25 years in institutional food service.  I won’t let your kid go hungry!
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Contact Info
  • 128 Park Row, Suite 1000, Cadyville, NY 12918
  • 518-561-6361
  • brady@adkhelpinghands.net

Adirondack Helping Hands is also proud and excited to offer the Play Project to children with Autism.  The Play Project is a research based, intensive program for young children with Autism that promotes engagement in a playful way to foster development.  Children, including children with Autism, learn best through play in their natural environment.  As Dr. Rick Solomon, the creator and founder of the Play Project says, “When you do what the child loves the child will love being with you.”   

https://www.playproject.org/

To attend one of Adirondack Helping Hands’ classrooms, a child must present with very specific needs and must be approved by the child’s school district’s Committee on Preschool Special Education.

Our classrooms provide instruction from a Special Education Teacher, Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational and Physical Therapists, and a School Counselor, along with a Teaching Assistant. All services are received during the five-hour classroom day. Our school has two Integrated classrooms, each of which have up to 8 children with IEP’s are integrated with up to 6 neurotypical children from our community. Currently, Saranac UPK has a contract for the community placements. This setting provides children the opportunity to engage with peers while having the support of a special education teacher and other staff members to help the child meet their developmental milestones. Our school also has two self-contained classrooms, each of which has up to 13 children with IEP’s receiving all of their services. In this setting a child who benefits from repeated, small group instruction would be best suited for this classroom.  A child in this classroom may need additional support to solidify their developmental goals.  Adirondack Helping Hands utilizes the Creative Curriculum in both classrooms to help meet children’s needs. The Creative Curriculum encompasses academic and cognitive growth while the teachers and staff members alike follow the child’s lead.  Research has proven time and again that when we follow a child’s lead, the child’s foundation for learning is enhanced making higher level skills more attainable and carryover more probable.  

All staff at Adirondack Helping Hands are trained in a child-first format, where getting to know the child and building on his/her strengths is expected to help the child meet his or her developmental goals.  Adirondack Helping Hands is also proud and excited to offer the Play Project to children with Autism.  The Play Project is a research based, intensive program for young children with Autism that promotes engagement in a playful way to foster development.  Children, including children with Autism, learn best through play in their natural environment.  As Dr. Rick Solomon, the creator and founder of the Play Project says, “When you do what the child loves the child will love being with you.”   

Evaluations and Services can address needs in the following developmental domains:

•Physical skills include Fine and Gross motor, along with Sensory Function and Processing.

   ○Fine motor skills are those skills that require small muscle movements, such as pinching, grasping, and writing. Sensory Function and Processing refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses (messages relating to touch, sound, sight, smell, temperature, movement, etc.) and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. These needs would be addressed by an Occupational Therapist.

   ○Gross motor skills are those skills that require large muscle movements, such as jumping, walking, running, and throwing. These needs would be addressed by a Physical Therapist.

•Communication skills include receptive and expressive language skills. Receptive language is how a child understands language, including things such vocabulary, directions, questions, and grammatical structures. Expressive language is how a child uses language, including things such as vocabulary, asking and answering questions, and using grammatical structures. These needs would be addressed by a Speech-Language Pathologist.

•Cognitive skills include attention, thinking, problem solving, and playing. These needs would be address by a Special Instruction Teacher.

•Adaptive skills include those skills needed to take care of ones’ self, such as feeding, dressing, and toileting. These skills, depending on the significance of your child’s needs, would be addressed by either a Special Instruction Teacher or an Occupational Therapist.

•Social-Emotional skills include how a child interacts with others and expresses and understands emotions. These skills would be addressed by a Special Instruction Teacher.

   ○Parent Training- This service is available should your family feel you could benefit from additional support.

These services, depending upon a child’s age and specific needs, can be provided in a child’s home or daycare, or in a community setting.

Evaluations and Services can address needs in the following developmental domains:

• Physical skills include Fine and Gross motor, along with Sensory Function and Processing.

   ○ Fine motor skills are those skills that require small muscle movements, such as pinching, grasping, and writing. Sensory Function and Processing refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses (messages relating to touch, sound, sight, smell, temperature, movement, etc.) and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. These needs would be addressed by an Occupational Therapist.

   ○ Gross motor skills are those skills that require large muscle movements, such as jumping, walking, running, and throwing. These needs would be addressed by a Physical Therapist.

• Communication skills include receptive and expressive language skills. Receptive language is how a child understands language, including things such vocabulary, directions, questions, and grammatical structures. Expressive language is how a child uses language, including things such as vocabulary, asking and answering questions, and using grammatical structures. These needs would be addressed by a Speech-Language Pathologist.

• Cognitive skills include attention, thinking, problem solving, and playing. These needs would be address by a Special Education Teacher.

• Adaptive skills include those skills needed to take care of ones’ self, such as feeding, dressing, and toileting. These skills, depending on the significance of your child’s needs, would be addressed by either a Special Education Teacher or an Occupational Therapist.

• Social-Emotional skills include how a child interacts with others and expresses and understands emotions. These skills, depending on the significance of your child’s needs, would be addressed by either a Special Education Teacher or a School Counselor.

○ Parent Training- This service is available should your family feel you could benefit from additional support.

These services, depending upon a child’s age and specific needs, can be provided in a child’s home or daycare, in a community setting, or in one of our four special education classrooms.