Pennsylvania's Special Education Programs for
|Gifted Support for exceptional students identified as mentally gifted. The focus is to provide instruction beyond the regular curriculum.|
|Learning Support for exceptional students whose primary identified need is academic learning.|
|Deaf or Hearing Impaired for exceptional students who are deaf or hearing impaired.|
|Blind or Visually Impaired for exceptional students who are blind or visually impaired.|
Kindergarten screening activities include a review of informal social and health history, developmental areas, functional vision and hearing, and speech and language. Kindergarten screenings are typically held in the Spring before the child's first year of enrollment and done at the local school district. Further screenings are conducted through Instructional Support Teams in each school throughout the year for any student who may be in need of special education services.
Parents who wish to request screening and evaluation for their child may do so by contacting the principal or counselor in their child's school building. It is recommended that you do so in writing, keeping a copy for your records.
If you believe your child may be in need of special education services, a multidisciplinary evaluation (MDE) will be conducted by a multidisciplinary team (MDT). The team is composed of the parents, person's familiar with the child's development, persons knowledgeable in such areas of suspected exceptionality, persons trained in the appropriate evaluations, and if possible, person's familiar with the child's cultural background. All information gathered through the screening and/or evaluation process is considered confidential under Section 438 of the General Education Provisions Act.
Questions regarding services for children with special needs should be addressed to the local school district's Supervisor of Special Education.
Parents who have questions regarding their child's seeing, hearing, learning, talking, moving about, manipulating objects, understanding, showing emotions, getting along with others, playing with toys, taking care of himself/herself should contact their local Intermediate Unit which can be found under "schools" in the phone book. (Pennsylvania's Intermediate Units are Educational Service Agencies which provide services to the school districts within their geographical areas). The Intermediate Unit can provide information on preschool programs, screening, evaluation, therapy, parent involvement, and referral to community agencies for parents of children with special needs at no cost to the parent.
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