The Preschool Special Education program is designed to provide early intervention services to children, ages 3 to 5, with identified disabilities. Students are provided support through specialized instruction in one or more of five developmental areas including speech/language, cognition, motor, adaptive, and personal/social. The program seeks to integrate intervention activities with play activities. The program further seeks to provide families and community caregivers with the support and information needed to assist young children with disabilities in natural environments.
Young children with disabilities are provided services by various professionals as outlined through Individualized Education Programs. Such services include, but are not limited to, special education instruction, speech and language services, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.
Young children are referred to the program through Babies Can't Wait transition or referral. Children are determined eligible for preschool special education services through an evaluation process. The evaluation process involves reviewing relevant information provided by parents and teachers, screening for hearing and vision, articulation and language, motor skills, cognitive skills, and adaptive/social skills. The screening will last approximately 1 hour, and parents must be present with their child at all times. The team will consist of special education personnel, an audiologist, and a speech-language pathologist.
If you believe that your child or a child in your care is exhibiting significant delays in one or more of the five developmental areas (speech/language, cognition, motor, adaptive, and personal/social), you can initiate a referral by calling Kirsten Krause at (770) 229-3710 EXT. 10493