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PRESCHOOL DISABILITIES – Identification and Evaluation Services
Little Falls resident parents/guardians who notice any special problems in their preschool child’s development, including: fine and gross motor development, speech and language development, acquisition of age-appropriate cognitive skills, or other significant developmental delays, should contact the Special Services Department at 973-812-9512 to request a Child Study Team Evaluation. The Child Study Team, parents, and other teaching staff members, as required by law, will meet to determine whether an evaluation is warranted, and if warranted, determine the nature and scope of the evaluation, according to the requirements of New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:14. If, upon conclusion of the evaluation, an eligibility determination is made, an appropriate educational program is provided by the Little Falls Township Public School District. These services are available to preschool children who will be turning three, through five years of age.*
*Special Education Services are available for all school aged children as well, and any parents desiring further information should contact the Special Services Department at 973-812-9512.
PRESCHOOL DISABILITIES PROGRAMS
The Little Falls Township Public School District provides the full continuum of services to district preschoolers with disabilities, based on needs identified and agreed upon by the IEP team. The following description is a basic guide and informational reference point as to the type of specialized program currently established in the resident district. Please note that this description is general in nature, and does not adequately reflect the full scope of program options available.
PRESCHOOL DISABILITIES – In District Program Description
The in-district Preschool Disabilities program serves children from ages 3-5 in a language based transdisciplinary setting. The staff consists of a special educator and speech/language therapist in class all day with an occupational therapist and physical therapist servicing children according to their individual needs as well as group activities. Paraprofessionals are also included in the program. The morning session generally serves the youngest children or those whose developmental ages are significantly lower than their chronological ages. The afternoon session generally serves those children who have completed the morning session, are turning four or five years old, or whose language competencies are closer to their chronological ages.