Early Childhood Special Education (children ages 3 to 5 years old)

Special education services are available to children ages 3-5 who have been identified as entitled individuals.  Central Rivers AEA works closely with school districts to provide a child’s identified individualized supports.

A child’s Individualized Education Program might include the following identified services/supports:

  • Instructional services and consulting
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Itinerant Vision
  • Audiology
  • Access to School Social Workers, School Psychologists, and Special Education Consultants

How do I make a referral for AEA services?

  • If you are a parent who is concerned about your child’s learning and development contact Central Rivers AEA to make a referral by phoning the AEA office nearest you.  When you speak to the receptionist, you will provide information about your child related to your concerns.  Within a few days, someone will contact you from the agency.
  • If you are a teacher, you can make a referral by making a 3-5 collaboration request. The date you discussed the referral with the child’s parent must be provided. The form will be given to the Early Childhood Collaborator or Special Education Consultant who serves your program.
  • If you are an outside agency, you can make a referral by calling the nearest Central Rivers AEA office. You will need to provide basic information about the child and provide the date that you spoke with the child’s parent about making the referral.

What will happen when I make a referral?

Someone from Central Rivers AEA will contact the referral source to discuss next steps. Depending on the concerns, the team, including the parent, will determine how to proceed.  Following the referral request, the team will refer to the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) structure to utilize problem solving and engage in data based decision making across developmental domains as it pertains to child concern areas.  This may include an evaluation to determine if the child is eligible for special education supports and services.  If the child is found to be eligible for services, an Individual Educational Program (IEP) will be developed by the team.