Needs Assessment Committees

Early Intervention (EI):
 
EI provides family centered services to meet the needs of eligible children, ages birth until age 3, who, through evaluations, are found to have developmental delays that meet the eligibility requirements. EI services are approved by the Westchester County Health Department.
 
EI Contact Info:
 
Early Intervention Program at the Westchester County Health Department at 914-813-5094. Someone from EI will meet with you and provide guidance to help you choose an agency to conduct the appropriate evaluations, such as speech and language, occupational or physical therapy, and cognitive ability.
 
Instructional Support Team (IST)/Child Study Team (CST):
 
A struggling student is referred to the IST at Ridge Street School or the CST at the Middle/High School. These teams are made up of general and special education professionals whose purpose is to recommend to classroom teachers general education interventions that might support the struggling student.
 
Committee on Pre-School Education (CPSE):
 
The CPSE is a team that includes the CPSE Chairperson, parents of the student, pre-school teacher, an individual to interpret the test results, county representative, Parent Member, and other people who have knowledge or special expertise regarding the child.
The CPSE Chairperson requests specific evaluations based on a child’s areas of concern. She helps parents coordinate the necessary evaluations from an approved agency. Evaluations are not conducted by the school district. The CPSE committee reviews the evaluation results to determine whether a child should be classified as a preschool student with a disability, and what special education and services would be appropriate for that child. In order to be classified, the student must have a disability that affects his or her ability to learn. A child classified for special education through CPSE will receive an IEP (defined below).
 
Committee on Special Education (CSE):
 
For any school-age child, the CSE team includes the CSE Chairperson, parents of the student, regular education teacher, special education teacher, an individual to interpret the test results, school psychologist, Parent Member, and other people who have knowledge or special expertise regarding the child. The CSE is responsible for determining whether a child should be classified as a child with a disability. In order to be eligible to be classified, the child must have a disability in one of 13 categories: autism, deafness, deaf-blindness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, learning disability, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment (includes ADHD), speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury or visual impairment (including blindness).
The CSE also determines the educational and related services, accommodations, and modifications that are appropriate for that child, all of which are set forth in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for that child. The services should be implemented in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).
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