New York Special Education Attorneys

Manhattan Office
315 Madison Avenue
(corner of 42nd street)
New York, NY 10017
TEL. (212)807-5525

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Queens, NY - Main Office
88-02 136 Street
Richmond Hill, NY 11418
TEL. (718) 206-1555
Westchester Office
75 South Broadway - 4th Floor
White Plains, NY 10601
TEL. (914) 819-5787
Long Island Office
1225 Franklin Avenue, Suite 325
Garden City, NY 11530
TEL. (516) 512-8967
Brooklyn, NY Office
1172 Coney Island Avenue, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11230
TEL. (877) LAW-NOW9

CPSE/CSE Annual Meeting

Children between the ages of 3 and 5 years of age may be referred to the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) for an initial evaluation, if there are concerns about the child's cognitive, behavior, articulation, language, fine motor or gross motor development. Referrals may be made to the CPSE Chairperson by the child's parent(s). This is a voluntary process, and the referral may be withdrawn at any time, if the parent wishes to do so.

Children may also be referred to the CPSE if they have been receiving services through their county's Early Intervention Program and are turning three. The Early Intervention Coordinator will facilitate this transition.

Once a referral is made and consent for the evaluation is signed, the parent selects an evaluator from a list of preschool providers approved by the county of residence. At the time of the evaluation, parents will complete a social history, indicating when developmental milestones were reached. A school psychologist will evaluate the child's cognitive functioning and social interactions. Additional assessments will be completed, depending on motor and/or language concerns. Also, parents will need to provide documentation from the child's pediatrician regarding the child's health and immunization records. Following the evaluation, a CPSE meeting is convened to review the results and determine eligibility for special education services. If a child is found to have significant delays in one or more areas which negatively affect the child's ability to learn, he/she may be classified as a Preschool Child with a Disability. Services will be determined based on the child's area(s) of need, and in accordance with the guidelines established in Section 4410 of the NYS Education Law. Any services provided will be provided in the Least Restrictive Environment, and will be reviewed at least annually.

If the committee determines that the preschool child has a disability, the committee shall first consider the appropriateness of providing: related services only; or special education itinerant services only; or related services in combination with special education itinerant services; or a half-day preschool program; or finally a full-day preschool program.

Prior to recommending the provision of special education services in a setting which includes only preschool children with disabilities, the committee shall first consider providing special education services in a setting where age-appropriate peers without disabilities are typically found. Provision of special education services in a setting with no regular contact with age-appropriate peers without disabilities shall only be considered when the nature or severity of the child's disability is such that education in a less restrictive environment with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily.

Committee on Special Education (CSE)

Children between the ages of 5 and 21 may receive services through the Committee on Special Education (CSE). Eligibility is determined when a student is found to have a significant delay in cognitive, language, articulation, fine motor, gross motor, social or emotional skills. The delay must affect the student's ability to make educational gains in order to qualify the student for services.

Parents often feel overwhelmed by the special education process and incapable of effectively advocating for their child's interests. We provide assistance at Committee on Special Education(CSE) and CPSE meetings for these parents. This service is provided by parents of children with disabilities who are very experienced in assisting other parents both at the CPSE/CSE and dealing with district personnel outside the CSE/CPSE process. Our parent advocates work at all times under the supervision of an attorney and as an integral part of the team at the Law Offices of Robert Aronov & Associates, P.C.

Call Robert Aronov & Associates, P.C. if your child has a learning disability or problem and is not making progress in his or her current school program or if the Committee on Special Education has not provided the services your child needs.

Call 877-LAW-NOW9

Robert Aronov & Associates, P.C. Can Help You.

Our educational lawyer serves the entire New York area including Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester. Contact the Law Offices of Robert Aronov & Associates, P.C. by phone or e-mail today to schedule a consultation.

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