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Title: Early Childhood Special Education Programs

Early Childhood Special Education Programs
  • Washoe County School District
  • Presented by Shannon Ward

Since When
  • In 1986 the lDEIA was amended to include,
    universal service for all handicapped children
    beginning at birth.
  • One of Congress finer moments and the beginning
    of Early Childhood Special Education Services.

  • Nevada Early Intervention Services serves
    children from birth to three years of age.
  • NEIS works with WCSD and Child Find to provide
    transition services for children, with
    disabilities or those experiencing developmental
    delays, three months prior to their third
  • A meeting is held at NEIS and an assessment is
    scheduled at Child Find.

Child Find
  • Children are assessed by an Early Childhood
    Special Education Teacher, School Nurse, Speech
    Pathologist, School Psychologist, and other
    professional staff as determined by the nature of
    the concern.

  • Not all children come to Child Find through NEIS.
  • Any child between the ages of two years, nine
    months and school age can receive a free
    assessment at Child Find, if parents or
    caregivers, suspect a disability or developmental

  • To be eligible for services, children must
    demonstrate a significant delay in one area of
    development or a mild delay in two or more areas.
  • Eligible children are offered services in the
    most appropriate program as determined by their

Programming-Least Restrictive Environment
  • The Early Childhood Partners Program provides
    collaborative services in private preschools.
    This program is most appropriate for children
    experiencing mild delays and already
    participating in a quality preschool. Speech and
    language services are also offered through this
    program as appropriate.

Speech Services
  • Preschoolers eligible for speech services are
    enrolled at their zoned school and served by the
    speech pathologist on site unless other
    arrangements are made through the Speech
    Department and Child Find.

Integrated Programs
  • WCSD offers collaborative preschool programs at
    numerous sites A special education teacher works
    with a general education teacher to provide a
    developmentally appropriate program designed to
    meet the needs of all students while addressing
    specific IEP goals and objectives.

Reverse Mainstream
  • In order to provide more inclusive
    opportunities for students we have created
    reverse mainstream classrooms.
  • These programs include four typical peer
    models in each session bringing the total number
    of students to 14.

  • Students with Autism are served in highly
    structured, self contained settings that focus on
    research based teaching methods such as Discrete
    Trial Training, Applied Behavior Analysis, Social
    Stories, as well as other strategies.

  • Strategies classrooms serve six to eight students
    with the exception of the Integrated Strategies
    Classrooms at Sarah Winnemucca and Desert Heights
  • Four typical peers are included in these
    programs to provide opportunities for facilitated

Early Childhood Intervention Program
  • This program provides a highly structured
    supportive environment that focuses on social
    skills training, expressing emotions
    appropriately, and interacting in a positive
    manner with peers.
  • Six to eight students can be served in each
    session. Pre-K is offered in the morning and DK
    in the afternoon.

TMCC Reverse Mainstream
  • The afternoon Program at TMCC offers a small
    group setting, with four typical peers included
    for facilitated interactions.
  • The focus of the program is on communication and
    social skills training. Teachers invite students
    to work with peers on a variety of activities
    which provides opportunities for social skills

Self Contained Programs
  • Some students, with more significant delays,
    benefit from a small group setting with no more
    than twelve students.
  • Students with multiple disabilities are often
    served in settings with six to eight students.
    Two of these programs are located at Picollo.

Home Hospital-Most Restrictive
  • Some special needs preschoolers are too fragile
    or ill to attend a program and are served in
    their home by a special education teacher.
  • Typically, these students receive two and a half
    hours of service per week. Some very impacted
    students receive related services on a limited

  • Our Early Childhood classrooms use The Creative
  • It is endorsed by The National Association for
    the Education of Young Children and our Nevada
    Department of Education.

Early Childhood Outcomes
  • The Developmental Assessment of Young Children is
    given to students entering and exiting our Early
    Childhood Programs.
  • Data is reported to the Nevada Department of
    Education to measure the effectiveness of our

Thanks for Listening
  • We welcome your child !!!
  • Early Childhood is a life affirming place to be.
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