How do I start the process to determine if my child has a disability through Preschool Exceptional Children Services?
How do I start the process to determine if my child has
a disability through Preschool Exceptional Children
• Call 910-989-2332 to schedule
a Developmental Screening through Preschool Exceptional Children
Services at Thompson Early Childhood Center.
• At the Developmental Screening, a team of professionals
will screen developmental areas in relation to educational
performance to determine if a referral for special education
services is warranted.
What is the purpose of the Developmental
• To screen a child's
development (within the areas of early learning concepts, language,
motor, self-help skills, and social-emotional skills) and identify
potential delays which would negatively impact educational
performance within a learning environment
• To clinically observe children with reported sensory,
behavioral, and/or articulation concerns
• To determine if developmental skills are progressing as
expected within normal limits, or if a comprehensive assessment is
Who is administering the Developmental
• A special education teacher,
a Speech and Language Pathologist and either an Occupational
Therapist or a Physical Therapist complete a variety of
• The parent/guardian completes a scale providing additional
developmental information as well as information relative to the
child's social, medical, and developmental history.
What happens after the Developmental
• After the Developmental Screening is completed and the
child is returned to their parent/guardian, the team will review
standardized scores (comparing the child's performance to the
performance of children across the United States), as well as
information gathered through clinical observations.
• The team will determine if the child's skills are
developing within age expectations.
• If Developmental
Screening results are developing within age
o The parent/guardian will be
contacted via telephone to discuss screening results.
o A follow-up letter will be sent to the parent/guardian reviewing
the discussion held over the telephone.
• If the Developmental
Screening team has concerns that would likely negatively impact
o The parent/guardian will be
contacted via telephone to schedule a referral for special
education services to discuss concerns.
o A referral for special education services will be held with the
o At the referral for special education services meeting, the
Individualized Education Program (IEP) team will seek to gain
permission from the parent/guardian to perform standardized testing
with the child based upon the concerns noted.
o North Carolina has 14 areas of eligibility that a child can
receive special education services under. These include, but are
not limited to, the areas of Developmental Delay, Autism and Speech
and Language Impairment.
o Should standardized test results determine a child is eligible
to receive special education services, and the team is able to
document a negative impact on educational performance, as well as a
requirement for special education services, the team will create an
Individualized Education Program, IEP.
What special education services could look like through
Onslow County School District:
• As the Individualized
Education Program (IEP) team develops an Individualized Education
Program (IEP), the team will create goals that they hope the child
will accomplish over the course of the next calendar year.
• Once the IEP goals are created, the IEP team will determine
how much time is needed with special education personnel to obtain
• Once the amount of time with special education personnel is
determined, the IEP team will discuss the environment in which they
believe the child will have the greatest success in meeting their
• Special education services are offered in a variety of ways
and in a variety of environments; children's unique needs are
served in their least restrictive environment.
• Service implementation could look like, but is not limited
to: walk-in services, services provided through a playgroup
setting, or services within a home, daycare, or preschool
I am interested in my child attending preschool. How can
my child attend preschool five days a week through the Onslow
County Schools Preschool Program?
• Children who qualify and are found eligible for Head Start
or Title 1 may attend preschool 5 full days a week. Application
information as well as required documents for these programs can be
or can be obtained in person at Thompson Early Childhood Center.
Once the application is completed and required information is
provided, the parent will have the application reviewed and will
answer additional questions in person at Thompson Early Childhood
Center. Please call 910-346-6222 for more information regarding how
to apply for these programs.
• Head Start promotes the school readiness of young children
from low-income families through agencies in their local community.
Head Start programs support the comprehensive development of
children from birth to age 5.
• Title 1 is a federally-funded program for 4 year old
children, who, based upon assessment information, are at-risk of
failing to meet North Carolina's academic achievement standards as
determined by various educationally- related materials.