Preschool Education Evaluation
Children from three to five years old
may be referred to the Preschool Educational Evaluation
Program (PEEP) for screening, evaluation, and possible
educational placement in an Exceptional Student Education
program. Referrals to PEEP may be made by parents, agencies,
PEEP screening/evaluations are held
weekly to assess children’s hearing, vision, communication,
motor skills, and general development. The purpose of
the screening is to obtain a general sample of the child’s
skills and behavior to determine if further evaluation
is needed. A comprehensive evaluation may be needed
to determine any areas of disability and eligibility
for an Exceptional Student Education program.
Children birth to three are provided services at the
Early Steps Developmental Center in Orlando or
in their home, depending on the severity of the disability
and the individual need. Contact the Developmental Center at 407- 317-7430.
Educational services are provided for children ages
three to five who are identified as speech/language
impaired, hearing impaired, visually impaired, dual
sensory impaired, physically impaired, intellectually disabled, autistic, or developmentally
delayed. Full-time educational services are provided
five days per week at a centrally located school. Related
services may include occupational therapy, physical
therapy, vision services, and/or speech/language therapy.
Children with speech/language impairments may be eligible
for part-time or full-time services.
The emphasis of the preschool program for children
with disabilities is the development of cognitive, language,
motor, social/emotional, and self-help skills in an
educationally enriched environment.
Referrals may be made by contacting the PEEP office
at 1200 Vermont Ave, St. Cloud at 407-891-1178.