ABOUT EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION
Early intervention is critical for children who have developmental delays. Blue Valley Schools provides Early Childhood programs for children ages 3, 4, and 5 (if not eligible for kindergarten) who meet the eligibility requirements for Special Education. School staff and parents work together to determine how to best to meet a child's needs. Service delivery models for children 3-5 (not kindergarten eligible) include:
- Appointment services
- Community-based services (within district boundaries)
- Early Childhood Special Education / Peer Model classrooms
- Eligible children ages 0-2 years are served by Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County.
Eligibility for services is determined through screening and evaluation for Special Education eligibility. If you are moving into Blue Valley and have a preschool child with an active IEP, contact Maggie Booton, school psychologist, at (913) 624-2903 for information.
Child Find clinics are held monthly during the school year to screen children and determine if further evaluation is needed. Children are also screened on an appointment basis. To schedule an appointment:
- Ages 0-36 months, call (913) 624-2815
- Ages 36 months-5 years (not eligible for kindergarten), call (913) 624-2905 or complete the online form to be contacted by the Early Childhood office.
- Appointment services
Talk with your child about what the morning will be like. Your confidence and enthusiasm will help make the morning a positive one. Having concerns about development can naturally cause stress for parents, but your child will simply know he or she is coming to play if you approach it positively.
Your child will be visiting at least six different early childhood professionals who will engage your child in games and play activities while observing across developmental areas. A standardized screening tool is used for these observations. We also screen every child's vision and hearing.
It takes most children a little more than an hour to complete the screening, although it could take more or less time depending upon a number of factors. We have magazines available, but you may choose to bring along something to pass the time. We do have wi-fi access in the waiting area.
The screening facilitator will visit with you when your child is finished and can share your child's hearing and vision results, as well as ask you any questions that may have come up as a result of our observation. The screening team then reviews all of the information about each child and uses a computerized tool to obtain screening results. The screening report, including whether we want to see your child for further evaluation, is typically mailed the day of the clinic. You should expect to receive these recommendations in the U.S. mail within about a week. Alternately, you can give us permission to send this information via email.
Depending upon the information you provide and what we observe on the screening day, our team will make a recommendation. These may include:
- No recommendations - skills appear within age-appropriate limits at this time,
- Further evaluation - with your permission, we would like to conduct a more formal evaluation in one or more developmental areas,
- More information needed - we would like to visit with you and observe your child in another setting, to determine next steps.
If you have questions after receiving your child's recommendations, or you have not received them within ten days, please call the early childhood office at (913) 624-2900. To offer feedback about your screening experience, please send an email to Kendall Burr.