Special Education for Infants and Toddlers

Special Education for Infants and ToddlersIs your child under the age of three? Are you or your child’s physician concerned that your child’s growth and development are not at age level? The LISD Young Children Services staff can assist you in determining if your child needs special education services.

Special Education Referral and Evaluation: Parents, physicians or other community agencies can contact LISD Young Children Services for an initial special education evaluation. LISD Young Children Services staff will meet with the child and the family at their home, daycare or at the LISD Milton C. Porter Education Center.  The staff will interview the parent, review any medical information available and work with the child. Depending on the parents concerns, the LISD Young Children Services staff who evaluate their child may include a school psychologist, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist and/or school social worker.

The evaluators will schedule a follow-up appointment with the family to talk about the results of the evaluation and possible recommendations for services.

 

Planning Process for Special Education Services

The planning process for children and their families under the age of three is an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP). This planning process gives consideration for the needs of the whole family.
 

Special Education Programs and Services for Children under the Age of 3

  • Natural Environment – Individual services are provided in the child’s natural environment, primarily the home or daycare setting.
  • Year-Round Services – LISD Special Education and Early On services for infants and toddlers are provided within a continuous and consistent 12-month schedule.
  • Primary Role – In addition to working directly with the child, a primary role of the therapist is to consult with and teach the child’s primary caregiver techniques to facilitate the child’s development.
  • Coordinated with other Community Resources – Special Education and Early On Services for infants and toddlers are coordinated with other service providers and community agencies.
  • Toddler Therapy Group – A variety of therapy groups are available to those children ages 18 months to three years.