FAQ
  • What is the CPSE Eligibility Criteria?

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    12-MONTH DELAY IN ONE OR MORE FUNCTIONAL AREA*

    – OR –

    33% DELAY IN ONE FUNCTIONAL AREA* OR 25 % DELAY IN EACH OF TWO FUNCTIONAL AREAS*

    – OR –

    SCORE OF 2.0 STANDARD DEVIATIONS BELOW THE MEAN (AVERAGE) IN ONE FUNCTIONAL AREA*, OR A SCORE OF 1.5 STANDARD DEVIATIONS BELOW THE MEAN (AVERAGE) IN EACH OF TWO FUNCTIONAL AREAS*

    *FUNCTIONAL AREAS CAN BE RELATED TO COGNITIVE, LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATIVE, ADAPTIVE, SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL OR MOTOR DEVELOPMENT

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  • I think my child has a delay, what should I do?

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    Talk about it

    •Speak to your doctor and other parents & check your child compared to developmental milestone charts.

    •All kids develop at different rates. You might be overreacting. Ask for others’ opinions and signs to look for.

    Trust your gut.

    •The info above is to help you to think about things you might not have considered.

    •If you still think there’s a delay, then pursue an evaluation.

    Register your child with the school district.

    •Ask the district about their process for referring children to CPSE for an evaluation.

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  • For how long will my child need services?

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    We don’t know. Every child progresses at a different rate.

    The committee will meet at least once per year (usually in the spring) for an “annual review."

    At that meeting, the committee will review the progress that has been made.

    The committee will decide to either:

    ♦ Discontinue services

    ♦ Reduce services

    ♦ Continue with the current services

    ♦ Add to the services

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  • What happens if my child is eligible?

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    The CPSE will develop an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). This is the document which summarizes:

    ♦ The evaluations conducted;

    ♦ Your child’s strengths & weaknesses;

    ♦ The programs and services;

    ♦ How often progress will be reported to you;

    ♦ Several other important issues (i.e. summer, transportation, etc.).

    As a member of the CPSE, your input is important in the development of the IEP.

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  • If my child is ineligible, what can I do?

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    ♦ Ask the evaluator for some strategies to try at home

    ♦ Consider paying for private services out of pocket or through insurance

    ♦ Wait…. Sometimes kids just get it a little later than others

    ♦ Try engaging your child in some activities related to the area you’re concerned about (e.g. Gymnastics, Yoga, Play Dates)

    ♦ Have your child re-evaluated in 6 months

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  • My child is transitioning from EI to CPSE or from CPSE to CSE, can everything just remain the same?

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    No, sorry, but a change to a different committee means some (slight or major) changes for your child.

    For example:

    ♦ EI services are typically 45 minutes in duration, whereas CPSE services are typically 30 minutes in duration

    ♦ For CPSE your child needs to demonstrate the delays previously noted and is then eligible for classification as a “preschool student with a disability.”

    ♦ For CSE the delays need to significantly impact educational progress and there needs to be data to support one of the 13 classification categories recognized by NY state.

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