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Special Education Services

Special Education Services

Special Education in NYC

All students with disabilities who require special education services have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). The IEP contains information about your child's interests, strengths, needs, goals, and educational program. It is a legal document that describes how the DOE will provide your child:

  • A Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

  • In the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).

Learn what the IEP process looks like in NYCDOE by visiting their website: 

Special Education in NYC

Moving to Preschool

Preschool special education services can support children ages three to five with disabilities or delays in development. These services are provided free of charge to families. Preschool services can help support a child’s learning, speech and language, physical development, social-emotional skills, and other areas.

If you have a child in PreK, you can read this guide: 

NYCDOE's Family Guide to Preschool Special Education Services

Here is more information on how to obtain services for your Preschooler:

Special Education for Children Entering Preschool

Moving to Kindergarten

The DOE will work with you to consider whether your child needs special education in Kindergarten, and if so, develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP). This is called the "Turning 5" process, and your participation is important.

Here is more information on how to obtain services for your Kindergartener:

Special Education for Children Entering Kindergarten

Moving to Middle School

The expectations and schedule in middle school may be different from what your child experienced in elementary school. Work with your child's IEP team to determine which supports and services your child will need in middle school.

Here is more information on how to obtain services for your Middle Schooler:

Special Education for Children Entering Middle School

​If you need assistance with the process, please reach out to your child's teacher. 

Concerned about your child's academics or behaviors?

1- Document what you observe (include when it happens, the frequency and the duration).

2- Speak to your child's teacher about your observations and, together, develop a plan of support.

3- Journal any progress you observe and schedule a meeting with your child's teacher to follow up.

4- If additional support is needed, you and the teacher can discuss reaching out to the School Based Support Team (SBST) and possibly begin the IEP process.

Obtaining additional supports may seem like a daunting task, please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions. Our SBST will be happy to walk alongside you in this journey. 

AIS: Academic Intervention Services

APE: Adaptive Physical Education

AR: Annual Review

CO: Counseling

CPSE: Committee on Preschool Special Education

CSE: Committee on Special Education

EPC: Educational Planning Conference

HES: Hearing Educational Services

ICT: Integrated Co-Teaching

IDEIA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act

IEP: Individualized Education Program

LRE: Least Restrictive Environment

OSE: Office of Student Enrollment

OT: Occupational Therapy

PT: Physical Therapy

RS: Related Services

RTI: Response to Intervention

SBST: School Based Support Team

SC: Special Class

SEIT: Special Education Itinerant Teachers

SESIS: Special Education Teacher Support Services

SETSS: Special Education Student Information System

SP: Speech and Language Therapy

Helpful Acronyms

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