A preschool-aged student who is suspected of having a developmental disability/delay is entitled to an assessment to determine eligibility of New York State Committee on Preschool Special Education services.

What is a CPSE Multidisciplinary Evaluation?

This evaluation is used to determine a child’s initial eligibility for CPSE services. Our evaluators utilize the most comprehensive and up to date assessment tools to determine the child’s developmental skill level in all areas. In addition to formal testing tools, evaluators use clinical observations, professional judgment, and parent report to perform the evaluation.

Where is the CPSE Multidisciplinary Evaluation?

At Finger Lakes Therapy Works, we generally conduct evaluations in the child’s home, daycare or community setting they are most comfortable in. This helps to ensure that our evaluators obtain the most accurate assessment of each child’s abilities. The Finger Lakes Therapy Works evaluation team will go to the location chosen by the parents/guardians to conduct the evaluation. The team will gather background information and utilize various assessment tools to test the child’s developmental level in these areas.

Who performs the CPSE Multidisciplinary Evaluation?

Finger Lakes Therapy Works’ evaluation team is specially trained to assess the needs of children in all areas of development. Areas that will be assessed include: cognitive development, physical development, including vision and hearing, communication development, social-emotional development and adaptive development. The evaluation will consist of 2 or more qualified personnel from different disciplines who have expertise in child development. The qualified personnel all have advanced degrees, New York state licenses and or certifications in their area of expertise.

Qualified Personnel include, but are not limited to:

  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • School Psychologists
  • Fluency, Assistive Technology, Feeding/Swallowing Specialists

How can I get a CPSE Multidisciplinary Evaluation for my child?

The Preschool program is designed for children entering preschool who are between the ages of 3 and 5 who are suspected of having developmental delays disabilities. Preschool services are funded by New York State and county governments through your local school district. If eligible, services are provided at no cost to the families.

To refer your child age 3 to 5 a parent or guardian should contact their local school district and ask for the CPSE (Committee on Preschool Special Education) chairperson. A child’s eligibility for PSE program can be determined by an evaluation team which has a contract with your local school district. A list of approved evaluation sites will be provided by your child’s CPSE chairperson. The parents/guardians choose which agency will complete the evaluation and schedule an appointment.

What happens after the CPSE Multidisciplinary Evaluation is completed?

Upon completion of the evaluation, the team will share information and answer any questions or concerns the family may have. This discussion will then lead to an initial meeting with your child’s local school district to discuss eligibility for pre-school services. The results of the evaluation are then composed into a detailed multidisciplinary written report containing testing results and observations, made during the evaluation, and distributed to the parents, the CPSE chairperson, and any other providers a parent chooses, and a file copy is retained in our agency records.