Every year, we reserve a few available spots for children with identified special needs.
Once we identify which classes have openings for children with identified special needs, we contact the families of children who might developmentally fit within those classes. families provide a brief description of their children’s development, strengths and challenges, current therapies, and what kind of support parents would like to see their child receive. From that group, we select the children who we believe would be a good match for the school.
At that point, we ask for reports from outside specialists. We also invite the families individually to come to the school with their children and have an informal, play-based visit and discussion with Director Leslie Roffman and Program Director Cassie Britton. Leslie, Cassie and the family take some time to decide if there is a good fit between child and Little School. If so, a formal admissions offer is made and accepted. For children applying to the Transitional Kindergarten, a separate visit may not be necessary as we may be able to gather all that we each need to know from the playdate visit.
We want to ensure that we can effectively support the participation of all children in our setting. To help you evaluate whether our setting is right for your child, here are some descriptive guidelines. Generally, children who thrive here have adequate receptive language skills to understand their environment and follow familiar routines. They are able with our support to participate in a fun busy preschool classroom and are starting to show social interest or motivation to interact with familiar peers and adults. They are typically able to take several verbal or non-verbal conversational turns with a partner to express their wants and needs and are able to maintain their attention to an engaging activity.
For more information on how we support children with identified special needs, see Additional Support.