The Special Education Preschool Program is a program for children between the ages of 3 years to 5 years old. The children are served through a continuum of program options in the Least Restrictive Environment appropriate for the child. Instructional activities, specialized instruction and early childhood intervention services are provided for each child in accordance with a team developed, specialized Individualized Education Program (IEP). Related services include speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and curb-to-curb transportation. Itinerant services in an early childhood education setting are provided when appropriate.
Eligibility for the Special Education Preschool Program requires that children:
- Are three to five years of age and not yet compulsory school age
- Demonstrate a disability or exhibit significant delays
Documented deficits in one or more of the following areas must exist: communication skills, motor functioning, social-emotional/behavioral functioning, cognitive abilities, adaptive behavior, hearing or vision as determined by a multidisciplinary team through multi-factored evaluation.
The goals and activities of the Special Education Preschool Program represent the cooperative efforts of early childhood intervention specialists, related service providers and parents working together. Each child’s participation in a program that provides readiness, socialization, language and literacy skills as well as meeting individual needs, prepares him or her for success in school.
A variety of therapies can be provided in self contained preschool classrooms, at community sites or in the child’s neighborhood school.
Marianne (Mary) WolfFlexible Content Expert, PreschoolEast Professional Center
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