• Glossary of Terms

    Preschool Special Education (PSE)

    Preschool Special Education (PSE) consists of services and supports designed to help families with children who have developmental delays. While all children grow and change at their own rate, some children can experience delays in their development. PSE is an appropriate program of educational/developmental services and programs specially designed to meet the needs of eligible young children and to address the strengths and needs of the family to enhance the child's development. The services and programs must fall into one or more of the following developmental areas: physical, sensory, cognitive, language and speech, social-emotional and self-help.

    Eligible Young Child

    A child who is younger than school-age but at least 3 years of age, and who has one or more of the following developmental delays or disabilities: 
    • Autism
    • Deafness/hearing impairment
    • Emotional disturbance
    • Intellectual disability
    • Multiple disabilities
    • Orthopedic impairment
    • Other health impairment
    • Specific learning disability
    • Speech and language impairment
    • Traumatic brain injury
    • Visual impairment including blindness
    • A child may also be deemed eligible if (s)he exhibits a developmental delay in the areas of cognitive, language/speech, physical, social/emotional and self-help.

    Individualized Education Program (IEP)

    A program of specially designed instruction determined to meet the eligible young child's needs.

    Multidisciplinary Team (MDT)

    The evaluation team consisting of the child's parents and various professionals. The team conducts a comprehensive evaluation which culminates in an evaluation report (ER) which is used by the IEP team to determine eligibility and needs. 

    Preschool Special Education Services (PSE)

    Eligible preschool students may be provided with services such as specialized instruction, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, vision services, hearing support and/or orientation and mobility services.