||ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR CHILD'S DEVELOPMENT?
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Through our "Help Me Grow" program, we can help you determine if your child is developing typically for their age. If you find yourself wondering about your child's development, we can help you find the answers with evidenced-based tools, activities and resources.
For children between the ages of 2 months and 5 1/2 years, the Ages & Stages Development Questionnaire will be provided to you to complete and learn about your child's communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal/social strengths. Once the questionnaire is completed by you, we can provide fun, age and developmentally appropriate activities which can encourage your child's development in these areas, if needed. This is not a diagnostic tool - it merely lets you know if your child is developing typically for their age and what next steps to take, if any.
IF YOUR CHILD IS BETWEEN BIRTH AND 3 YEARS OF AGE:
Step One Early Intervention evaluates and serves infants and children up to three years of age who display signs of becoming "at risk" for developmental delay. The program helps parents to recognize and understand their child's particular developmental needs, and suggests ways to help their child grow.
Children eligible for the program are those who were born prematurely; have feeding, vision, or hearing problems; are slow to sit, stand, walk, or talk; were born with a disability or health condition that affects their development; are at risk for delay due to family problems such as homelessness, substance abuse, or family violence. Services are provided by their infant/toddler specialists, including developmental educators; social workers; psychologists; physical, occupational and speech therapists; nurses; and nurse therapists. Services are provided in the family's home, community locations such as child care centers, and their Learning Centers.
IF YOUR CHILD IS 3-5 YEARS OLD:
MILTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS EARLY CHILDHOOD
SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM80 Edgehill Road
The Milton Integrated Preschool Program provides a setting in which children in need of special education are learning with and from their peers in an inclusive environment. Children are encouraged to accept and cherish individual differences found in their friends. The Milton Integrated Preschool is dedicated to helping children and their families love, learn and grow.
The Milton Integrated Preschool Process:
1. Referral - a referral for a special education evaluation may be initiated by a parent or guardian, Early Intervention staff, pediatricians, as well as teachers. Once the referral is received, the New Student Registration Packet must be completed. A preschool screening is scheduled at the Collicot School.
2. Screening/Evaluation - The Preschool Screening provides a quick assessment of your child's speech and language skills, fine and gross motor skills, as well as general knowledge and social skills. A Consent to Evaluate will be signed requesting additional testing in the areas of suspected disability. At this time, you will be given a copy of the parent/guardian Notice of Procedural Safeguards which will answer questions about the evaluation process. Therapists will contact the parent/guardian to schedule and evaluate the child. The Team Chairperson will schedule the Initial Eligibility Team Meeting. All Team members will be invited to this meeting.
3. Eligibility - The Team (parent/guardian, therapists, teacher and anyone the parent/guardian may choose to invite) meets and the results of the evaluation are discussed. The Team then determines the need for special education based on the child's disability. If the child is found eligible, the Team then proceeds to develop an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and determines placement.
4. Placement - The Team designs a service delivery plan of services that will support the child and enable the child to find success in the preschool environment. The District will develop the proposed IEP and send it to the parent/guardian. Once the IEP has been signed, services will begin. Every three years, the child is re-evaluated to determine eligibility for special education services.
IF YOUR CHILD IS ENTERING GRADES K-12:
MILTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
Please contact the "Team Chairperson" at the Milton public school your child will attend. The Team Chairperson in your child's public school will guide you through the Special Education Process.
Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council
The Milton special education Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is led by parents and provides information and support to all parents, guardians and other interested parties of children receiving special education services. Membership is free. Stay informed, find support and get involved. There are many ways to be a part of Milton PAC:
Parent Support Group meets the 3rd Thursday of every month. Contact email@example.com or 617-696-9913 for more information.
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