Professional and Agency Notification
The Special Services Department maintains a current listing of community resources that
may be sources of referral for children who may require special education and related services. This list includes pediatricians and other health providers, mental health centers, nursery schools, private schools, regional education service centers, day care centers and other appropriate individuals/agencies.
A letter which outlines the district's child find responsibilities and provides instructions for prompt referral of any child suspected of being in need of special education and related services is sent on an annual basis to identified referral sources. Along with the letter is sent a pamphlet describing preschool services for children from birth to age 5. Notices are also posted in public places, including on local cable TV, advertising child find activities at the preschool level.Birth to Three Component
The school district works in collaboration with the Connecticut Birth to Three
system to ensure the identification of children ages birth to three with disabilities. Parents and referring parties should call 1-800-505-7000 (Infoline) to initiate entry into this system.
Children are referred to the Birth to Three system by a variety of sources, including parents, hospitals, pediatricians, nursing services, social services and school system staff. Children identified as being in need of services are referred to community agencies, and programs and services are provided in accordance with the eligibility standards and service options currently available through the Birth to Three system. The school district maintains a record of the children with disabilities for whom special education and related services will likely be required upon entry into school at age 3.
The school district works with the Birth to Three system to ensure the effective transition from one service delivery system to the other when children requiring special education and related services reach school age. In accordance with Connecticut statutes and regulations, a transition plan is developed to support the transition to preschool services provided by the school district. The transition plan includes the following provisions:
- To train parents regarding future placements and other matters related to the child's transition.
- To prepare the child for changes in service delivery, including helping the child adjust to, and function in, a new setting.
- To obtain parental consent to transmit information to the local school district to ensure continuity of service.
The transition plan for a child enrolled in the Birth to Three program is contained in the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). School district personnel attend IFSP meetings when invited. The transition plan must be in place at least 90 days prior to the child's third birthday. The district must ensure that an Individualized Education Program(IEP) is in place by the third birthday for each child eligible for special education and related services.PreSchool Screening (ages 3-4)
Simsbury Parents! Do you have questions or concerns about your child’s development? Preschool screening could help you find some answers.
1. Talk to your child’s pediatrician, preschool teacher or daycare provider about your concerns. You do not have to wait to see if your child “will outgrow it.” You can address those concerns now by calling the Simsbury Public Schools Dept. of Special Services 658-3873 and making an appointment for a preschool screening. Screenings are conducted on an as-needed basis.
2. After you call the Special Services office, you will be directed to contact the Speech Language Pathologist at the Pre-school Center at Central School. The Speech Language Pathologist will send you some forms in the mail to be completed and returned. These forms include a Development History form and a Nursery School/Group experience form (to be completed by your child’s teacher or daycare provider). Please return these forms promptly. They contain important information which needs to be reviewed by the Preschool Team before scheduling the screening. Upon receipt of the completed forms, a staff member will contact you with a screening date.
3. The Preschool Screening process takes 45 minutes to an hour and involves both you and your child. Your child will play “games” (which target articulation, language, reasoning, and motor skills) with members of the Preschool Team. At the same time, you and another staff member will discuss your child’s self-help skills and social-emotional development as well as review the group experience form.
4. This is just a screening, not an evaluation
. It screens for the presence of possible developmental delays. This screening will result in a determination as to whether your child is functioning within normal limits or is in need of further evaluation.
5. Sometimes a visit to your child’s nursery school or daycare setting is needed to complete the screening process. You will be asked to sign a permission form before this can be done.
6. Direct contact from your child’s pediatrician is always welcome.
The Simsbury Preschool Team includes a Speech/Language Pathologist, an Occupational Therapist, a Physical Therapist, a Preschool Special Ed. Teacher, a School Psychologist, and an Administrator.