What is the Los Ninos Early Intervention Program?
3Y Program (3-4 year old children)
- Special Education
- Peer Role Model
4Y Program (4-5 year old children)
- Special Education
- Peer Role Model
- Family Literacy Institute
Los Ninos is part of the Clovis Municipal School District and is a special education program
designed to help preschool children who have developmental disabilities
or delays before they reach school age.
Can my child attend Los Ninos?
Your child must be identified as either having a disability or significant
delay in one or more of the following areas of development:
- Visual Impairment
- Hearing Impairment
- Orthopedic or Motor Impairment
- Chronic Health Impairment
- Speech/Language Impairment
- Intellectually Disabled
- Emotional/Behavioral Disturbance
- Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Your child must also be 3 years of age by the last day of school as approved
by the Clovis Municipal School Board of Education in order to be eligible
for services at Los Ninos.
I have concerns about my child's development, What Should I do?
The first step in the referral process is to call Los Ninos' Casemanager.
Unless you child has been evaluated or received services through another
agency, an appointment will be scheduled with you to obtain your child's
case history information (i.e., birth, medical and developmental) and
written consent to screen. During this meeting, additional appointments
will be scheduled for you to bring your child to Los Ninos for
a vision and hearing screening and a developmental screening. After the
developmental screening is completed, you will be invited to a Student
Assistance Team (SAT) meeting. During the meeting, we will discuss your
child's screening results, make a team decision about the next step in
the process, & answer any questions you might have. Some possible
SAT decisions could include:
- Your child may not qualify for further evaluations based on the screening results.
At this point, you may be referred to another agency or preschool
program if appropriate.
- Additional screening
information may be needed. Another screening appointment might be
made for a period of observation (1-2 weeks) in a classroom setting
might be recommended as part of the screening process. If an observation
is recommended, your child will be assigned a classroom teacher. You
will be asked to provide transportation during the observation period.
- In order to
more accurately determine your child's strengths and needs, your child
may need further evaluations in one or more areas of development.
If so, we will provide you with advance notice of what we are recommending.
We will also request your written consent for your child to be tested
as well as review your parents rights with you. As soon as the evaluation
date and time are scheduled, we will contact you by telephone and
send a letter with the evaluation information included.
How will my child be evaluated?
There are two types of evaluations recommended at Los Ninos:
- Standardized Assessment: This type
of evaluation is usually scheduled during Friday mornings or afternoons.
If your child is being observed in the classroom as part of the evaluation
process, the evaluation might take place during a school day. The evaluators
will pull you child out of the class in order to complete the testing.
Testing will be administered in a standardized manner, and your child
will receive scores that compare his/her skills with other children
his/her age. As parents, you will also be asked to assist with the evaluation
by answering several questions regarding your child's development.
- Play-based Assessment (PBA): This
type of assessment involves Your child in play situations with , at
varying times, a facilitating adult, parent(s), and another child. Several
evaluators, along with the parents will be present in order to make
observations in each developmental area (i.e., communication, learning,
motor, social-emotional/behavior). A two week classroom observation
(one week prior to the PBA and one week following the PBA) is also recommended
as part of this evaluation process.
What happens after my child is evaluated?
In order to answer your questions and talk about the testing, an Individualized
Education Plan (IEP) committee meeting will be scheduled. You will be
contacted by telephone with the date and time of the meeting, and we will
also send a written notice in the mail. Based on the evaluation results,
the IEP team, which includes you, will determine if your child qualifies
to receive special education services which could include the following:
If your child qualifies for special education services, the IEP committee
will share information about what your child's options are for receiving
special education services. If your child qualifies and you choose to
enroll him/her in our program, goals and objectives will be written and
the IEP and enrollment paperwork will be completed.
- Speech/Language therapy for communication days
- Physical or Occupational therapy for gross motor, fine motor and
- Educational Audiology for the hearing impaired
- Orientation and mobility for the visually impaired
- Psychological counseling/family-classroom behavior plans for social-emotional/behavior
- Developmental preschool
As a parent, you are a vital member of this IEP committee. You can assist
the committee by sharing additional information about your child, helping
the committee make placement decisions and providing input about appropriate
goals for your child.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Los Ninos at (575) 769-4545