What if I think my child has special needs?
Children ages 0 to 3 years:
Your child may be eligible for early intervention through Northwest Indiana First Steps. To make a referral, call (219) 662-7790 or visit their website.
Children ages 3 to 5 years:
Call the School Town of Munster Early Childhood Assessment Team at (219) 838-2060 ext. 6206 or email Claire Starcevich.
An Early Childhood Team member will speak to you regarding your concerns and schedule an appointment for your child to attend a screening. Screenings are brief sessions where the child works with a therapist (usually a speech-language pathologist) to get an overview of the child’s abilities in one or more areas of development.
Following the results of the screening, you will receive a written summary of the results and recommendations. Should an initial evaluation be recommended following the completion of the screening, the educational evaluation process will be initiated. The initial educational evaluation is conducted to determine if your child meets eligibility criteria set forth by the State of Indiana’s special education laws, for special education.
Some of the eligibility categories that are considered special education include but are not limited to:
- Speech Impairment
- Language Impairment
- Developmental Delay
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Other Health Impairment
Based on the results of the screening and the concerns you have regarding your child’s development, one or more areas of eligibility may be considered for your child’s educational evaluation.