EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL
Twin Cities Education Consultants provides early childhood special education services for students up to seven years old. Our special education services provide students the necessary tools for their academic needs. Our special education consultants are here to provide these services to students who qualify:
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
EMOTIONAL BEHAVIORIAL DISORDER
VISUAL OR HEARING IMPAIRMENTS
SPEECH - LANGUAGE IMPAIRMENT
STUDENTS WITH OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, PHYSICAL THERAPY, OR DEVELOPMENTAL ADAPTIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION.
TCEC PARTNER'S PROVIDES:
DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY ASSESSMENT SERVICES
TCEC provides developmental delay assessments in five critical areas of childhood development including physical development, language development, academic or cognitive development, adaptive behavior, and social emotional development. Children who qualify for these services are between the ages of birth to seven years old. Our specialists provide these developmental delay services to support the student with their early academic experience.
Before providing any of our developmental delay assessments to students, we meet with the family and school providers to discuss the need for the evaluation or assessment. Upon agreement of an assessment, our team will:
Observe the student
in their learning environment.
and informal assessments in five areas listed above.
Determine eligibility: A student qualifies when they have shown they are 1.5 standard deviations below their same-aged peers.
The team and parents review the results and discuss the next steps for student programming.
Twin Cities Education Consultants (TCEC) work collaboratively with schools and districts to support the implementation of the early childhood screening assessment process. Our team can assist with helping schools become authorized to perform early childhood screenings. Additionally, TCEC can work with individual school teams to provide the screening for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students.
The Minnesota Department of Education states, “The early childhood years from birth to the start of kindergarten are an important time of rapid learning and growth.” It is vital to screen children in their early years, as it may catch potential physical or academic difficulties. If this early childhood screening assessment is taken between three and four years of age, it allows time to provide additional support to those students, if needed, before entering elementary school.
Early Childhood Screening is a quick and simple check of how each child is growing and developing. The early childhood screening assessment examines the following:
Vision and hearing
Height/weight and immunization records
Large and small muscle skills
Cognitive thinking skills
Language and communication skills
Social and emotional development
After the screening is complete, information about a child’s development is gathered and shared with families and educators. If further assessment is needed, TCEC has a team of educators that can help facilitate the next steps in collaboration with individual schools.