WNY Family Magazine September 2018 - Page 44

Education (CPSE, ages 3-5), D  Or to the Committee on Special Education (CSE, ages 5-21). The Committee on Special Education in- cludes the child’s parent(s), Special Education teachers, regular education teachers, and other professionals. oes your ents to be an active part of child have Empower Ability the process. trouble learn- Inspire Advocate The overall process ing? Is your child having of finding the appropri- difficulties in school that ate education supports for are getting in the way of your child can be over- learning? Talk to your whelming at times, but child’s teacher or other these five steps should professionals in the school Thri make the process easier. who can help decide what Growth Strategies Following these steps will support might be needed. help to boost your confi- After all the classroom supports have been dence as a parent and a partner with school tried, it might be time to look into Special to find the right supports for your child. Education. Step 1 – Referral Parents are a part of every step in If you are worried about how your the special education process. After all, child is doing in school, you can ask for you know your child best. There is a lot an evaluation of their abilities and needs. of information about what to expect at  This may be requested at any time meetings of the Committee on Special by making a referral in writing to Education (CSE) and Preschool Special the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE). It’s important for par- Special Needs Potential Is your child going through a tough time? Summit’s Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic can help! Providing comprehensive, evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents struggling with: n ANXIETY/DEPRESSION n EMOTIONAL CHALLENGES n FEEDING DISORDERS n AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER n SOCIAL SKILLS CHALLENGES n SCHOOL PROBLEMS n ADHD n BEHAVIORAL CHALLENGES Accepting NEW PATIENTS Our caring team of licensed psychologists specializes in the treatment of childhood challenges. Most insurance plans accepted. NEW LOCATION! 75 Pineview Dr., Suite 200 • Amherst, NY Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 – 6 p.m. (Evening appointments available.) Call 629-3400 for more information and to schedule an appointment. www.TheSummitCenter.org 44 WNY Family September 2018  Keep a copy of the request for your records. Also, keep a copy of the form that you sign that gives the school dis- trict your permission to evaluate your child. The district must complete the evaluation