Children can be referred for special education services several ways.
- Pre-school students (ages 3-5) can be referred by parents, pediatricians, preschool providers, health department workers or any other persons suspecting a disability.
- School age students are usually referred through the Student Support Team (SST) at their school. This team meets, discusses interventions and develops an educational plan for students having difficulty being successful in school. If the interventions do not assist the student in making progress the SST then considers a referral for a full psychological evaluation to determine if the student may have a disability. Parent consent is required before a child is evaluated.
- If parents bring a private evaluation on their child to the school’s attention, then SST will use this information to help guide them in developing an educational plan as needed for the student.