Students Requiring Special Services
Under federal and state statutes, children requiring special education are those children who have one or more of the following disabilities, which adversely affect their educational performance and who require specially designed instruction: autistic, deaf-blind, hearing impaired, learning disabled, intellectually disabled, multi-handicapped, orthopedically impaired, other health impaired, emotionally disturbed, speech/language impaired, visually impaired/blind, traumatic brain injury, developmentally delayed (infants and preschool age). Special education is available to preschool children who have attained the age of three years and whose degree and type of disability, based on the evaluation by the Planning and Placement Team, is such that the absence of special education will impair the child's educational development to the extent that it is unlikely that the child will be able to make satisfactory educational progress when the child attains school age.
Under state statutes, school districts are required to identify gifted and talented students. However, programming for such students is optional and left to the discretion of each local board of education.
The term special education means specially designed instruction, special classes, programs and services, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability.
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Guidelines for Identifying Children with Learning Disabilities
Developmental Screening birth- 5
This message contains information about developmental screening that is available for your child at no cost. Sparkler is a free evidence-based, mobile application that is available in English and Spanish, for ALL Connecticut families of 0-5 year-olds. Sparkler has tools to monitor your child’s social-emotional, cognitive, communication, and physical development, including the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, as well as suggestions for play-based learning activities to support your child’s development. You can download Sparkler from the Google Play Store if you have an Android phone or tablet or from the Apple App Store if you use an iPhone or iPad.
If you have questions about your child’s development and do not wish to access the Sparkler app, you are able to contact 211 Child Development at 1-800-505-7000 or contact the school district directly using the contact information below.
Contact the Orange Public Schools directly if you have questions or concerns about your child’s development. Please contact Elizabeth Caspe at email@example.com and she will be happy to speak with you.