If you have a concern about your child’s development, you may not be sure where to turn or what to do. Often a good starting point is to speak with your pediatrician. He or she may be able to answer your questions and provide information to determine if you need to take additional steps. If your child attends a preschool or daycare, it can also be helpful to speak with the staff members who know your child. If you still have concerns, there are several things you can do.
If your child is under the age of three, he or she may be eligible for services through your county’s Early Intervention Program (EIP). Some common services which can be provided include special instruction, family training, family support, speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. In order for your child to receive services, he or she will first have an evaluation to determine eligibility. Evaluations are provided at no cost to you and typically occur in your home or your child’s daycare setting. Following the evaluation, the results are shared with you and an official from the EIP. Based on the results and your areas of concern, a plan for services is developed called an Individualized Family Service Plan or IFSP. This document details the services recommended for your child and areas you would like to be addressed by your child’s therapists. To begin the process to determine if your child may need additional support with his or her development, click on the link below for your county contact information.
If your child is approaching three years of age or older, he or she may be eligible for services through your school district’s Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE). The most common services that are available for preschool students include special education itinerant teacher services, speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. To receive services, your child will be evaluated to determine eligibility. The evaluation includes assessments in developmental domains which may include cognitive functioning, pre-academic skills, speech and language development, fine and gross motor skills and self help skills. Following the evaluation, the results will be shared with you. Within 30 days of your child’s referral to for evaluation, you will attend a meeting as a member of the CPSE for your child. At this meeting, all committee members will discuss the results of your child’s evaluation and decide if services are needed. The evaluation and any services recommended and approved at the CPSE are available to you through your school district at no direct cost to you. To begin the process to determine if your child may need additional support with his or her development, contact your local school district and ask for the Committee of Preschool Special Education Office.
Summit Educational Resources is approved to provide eligibility evaluations and services to children through the Early Intervention Program and the Committee on Preschool Special Education. If you would like additional information, please contact us at 629-3480.