The Initial ReferralIf a child received early intervention services as an infant or toddler and may still need special education as a preschool-age child, they can be referred. They are usually referred to CPSE when the child turns two and a half, as that is when the evaluations can take place. The EI referral to CPSE must happen six months prior to the child’s third birthday.
An eligibility and transitions table follows:
If a preschool-age child (3-5 years old) has some development delays such as difficulty in talking, moving around, thinking, and/or learning, the parent or county may make a referral to the school district.
A referral can be requested in the following ways:
- By a Parent/Guardian
- By the County – Under the county it can be EI, Caseworker, the Commissioner’s Office, etc.
Only the person who has legal custody or guardianship of a child can make a referral.
No one other than the people mentioned above can make a referral for the child: for example, a teacher, a grandparent, friend, etc.
When someone other than the EI OSC (Early Intervention Ongoing Service Coordinator) makes a referral, the reason for referring the child must be identified. The areas of concern need to be identified in order to know what evaluations to administer.
The school district evaluates for the following:
- Speech Delays
- Motor Delays
- Physical Delays
- Educational Delays
- Social/Emotional Delays
Neither the district nor agencies can give a child a diagnosis. If the person referring wants child to be diagnosed, for instance, ADD/ADHD, Autism, or any medical issue, you refer them to their pediatrician.
The child must be registered with the school district before the evaluation process can start.
Referral to Special Education
Once the child is registered with the district as a preschooler then you can refer the child to the Committee on Preschool Special Education. The online documents can be mailed, scanned or hand delivered. This will allow the district to process the referral and send out required information for the process.
Once Wallkill’s District Office has received all the above documents; your Special Education referral request will be processed. You will then receive a packet in the mail with the following documents enclosed:
- The Parents Guide to Special Education
- Procedural Safeguards
- List of Approved Evaluators
- Procedure to select the Evaluator - you will select three potential evaluators and return
- Prior Written Notice for Evaluations - you will need to sign and return