Providing education to your children is important to help them prepare themselves for the future specially when they become an adult. This lets them learn about several things around them and how they can use them for their advantage and of others. That is why starting them as young as possible is better to make their improvements faster.
Unfortunately, there are children which have learning disabilities and cannot learn the same way as other kids do when using the same teaching methods. That is why enrolling them in a special needs preschool is the better option so they could be taken cared of properly. The teachers there were trained on how to teach students in these conditions so that they can still learn their lessons.
Before you could enroll them in one, have your child which has the age between three to five years old be evaluated by the school district. This is to determine if your kid really has a learning disability and is entitled to receive a special needs education. The testing they would do is for free and will verify their condition.
Their condition might be a handicapping one that can include hearing or vision impairments, milder motor or speech delays, or developmental disorders like Down syndrome. Start by checking with the disability organizations to learn more regarding special education resources available in your place. If ever your child received an early intervention service during their infancy then ask for the services coordinator if there is a preschool program they would recommend.
Contact the special education department of your school district and arrange a schedule with them for your preschooler to get evaluated. A number of experts, that usually include a teacher, social worker and a psychologist, wold conduct the developmental testing. They are going to gather also the observations and medical history from you.
They could gather these details also from the professionals that had worked before with the child to determine if special education is needed. A particular program would then be recommended by them for your child to take and be taught under. Decide on this after you have consulted the Individualized Education Plan of your kid.
The IEP lists the services that is required by your child and this includes the goals, both the short term and long term ones. The preschool committee would write a plan using the input you have given to them. Remember your kid has the right to get educated within an environment that is least restrictive.
This means they should have several opportunities in interacting with other children who do not have learning disabilities if possible. Each school district have varying programs that might either be a full or half day one so you have several options to choose from. One of them is letting your child study in a classroom with similar problems with him.
This has the disadvantage though of being unable to interact with the usual developing peers. That is because being able to do so lets them model their behavior and skills. Though the program is best for those that require extensive support and structure.