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Question and Answers About the Special Needs Preschool Program

My child participated in a preschool arena at the JDC, what does that mean?

 A preschool arena was completed to determine eligibility for special education. An eligibility is determined by assessing a child in each of the five skill areas of adaptive development, cognition, communication, physical development (gross and fine motor), and social/emotional development. Any child who scores at least 2 standard deviations below the mean in one or more of the five areas or 1½ standard deviations below the mean in two or more areas shall meet eligibility.


What does the term significant developmental delay mean?

The term significant developmental delay refers to a delay in a child’s development in adaptive behavior, cognition, communication, motor development or emotional development to the extent that, if not provided with special intervention, the delay may adversely affect a child’s educational performance in age-appropriate activities. The term does not apply to children who are experiencing a slight or temporary lag in one or more areas of development, or a delay which is primarily due to environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage or lack of experience in age appropriate activities. The SDD eligibility may be used for children from ages three through nine.


The next step after the preschool arena and eligibility meeting is the IEP meeting at Van Wert Elementary. What is an IEP?

The Individualized Education Program (IEP) serves as the framework for determining the meaning of the term “free appropriate public education” in the least restrictive environment, a term frequently referenced in the IDEA. IEPs must be developed and reviewed annually and must be in effect at the beginning of each school year. The IEP may be reviewed more than once a year if the parent or the district requests a review.


What does the IEP consist of?

Present Levels of Academic and Functional Performance/Most Recent Evaluations/State and District Testing/Strengths/Parental Concerns/Impact of the Disability/Measurable Goals/Student Supports/Accommodations/Supplemental Needs and Services/Supports for School Personnel/Consideration of Special Factors/Extended School Year/Transportation/Placement Options/Special Education Services. 




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