“The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.”

Robert M. Hutchins

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Surviving Turning Five

March 28th, 2012

This weekly blog will be devoted to the issues and concerns facing parents whose children are aging out of the CPSE and entering the school aged unit of the CSE.  These children are referred to as “Turning Five Students.”  As with all of our postings we welcome your comments and questions and will respond either by a personal email or via a blog.  The blog is specific to families residing in the five boroughs of New York City, but can be helpful to those of you in the outlining suburbs. It will be particularly helpful if your family is contemplating a move to New York City.

New York is considered the mecca of special education for students of all ages.  We have the most and finest of private schools of anywhere in the world!  The amount and quality of pre- school services that children receive cannot be rivaled.  However, where our city falls short is in the school age services and programs.  There are many fine public programs, like the NEST classes, however finding these programs and gaining access to them is not as easy as it should be.

Most of you who are reading this blog already have an IEP and your child is receiving services through the school district.  Therefore you have familiarity with the terms and acronyms that are so readily tossed about.  Nonetheless as with all large bureaucracies their develops a lexicon unique to that system and often used to mystify outsiders and empower those who work for the system.  Learn the language!   Visit our website and go to the Glossary- it’s a start.