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Frequently Asked Questions
 
Q: How do I receive NYS Department of Education services?

A: If you suspect your child at risk of having a developmental disability, you must first make a referral to your district's special education department. You would then explain your concern and provide paperwork to begin the evaluation process. A list of state approved agencies would then be provided so that you may choose from and begin the evaluation process. Once the evaluation is complete, the evaluator will provide feedback of their impression of the child's strengths and weaknesses. Eligibility is then determined at a scheduled CPSE/CSE meeting. This meeting is then coordinated so that the "team" may discuss concerns and eligibility of the child. If the child is eligible for services the approval of duration and frequency is established. These team members include the family, CPSE/CSE chairperson, regular education teacher, service provider, evaluator, special education teacher, parent member, and county representative.
 
Q: What is a SEIT?
A: A SEIT is a Special Education Itinerant Teacher who works with children in a variety of settings such as preschools, day care centers, and homes in order to meet each child’s individual goals. This service is provided at no cost to the family of eligible children. This service is provided by the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE).
 
Q: What related services are available through the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE)?
A: Children between the ages of 3-5 are eligible to receive Special Education Itinerant Services (SEIS), Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Counseling/Play Therapy.
 
Q: What related services are available through the Committee on Special Education (CSE)?
A: Children above the age of 5, if eligible may receive Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS), Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Counseling/Play Therapy.
 
Q: What is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?
A: Applied Behavior Analysis is the design, implementation, and evaluation of environmental modifications to produce socially significant improvement in behavior. 
 
An integrated ABA approach is the framework for delivery of the majority of services at MPC. ABA approaches to treatment are individualized based upon the needs of your child, and include Discrete Trial Training, Verbal Behavior, and Incidental Teaching.
 
It's important to note that the specific content of the discrete trials therapy is based on an evaluation of the individual child, his needs, and his abilities.
 
The very youngest children receive a modified form of ABA which is much closer to play therapy than to discrete trials. As they master behaviors, well-trained therapists will start to take learners out the classroom or home setting and into more natural settings, where they can practice and adapt their new skills to the real world.
 
 
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