Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

  • The Shakopee Public Schools' Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) team provides a full continuum of services for children ages birth through 5 years. The ECSE program strives to provide services to children in the most natural learning environment possible.

    Assessment for children ages birth through 5 can include cognitive, speech/language, motor, self-help and social/emotional development. The assessment plan is designed based on the needs of each child.

    The center-based classroom is a full program for students who have multiple needs. The program’s philosophy is that services are most effective when delivered in an integrated manner. Services are available one to four days per week and are provided by a team that includes an OT, adapted physical education teacher, ECSE teacher and a speech/language clinician.
    The ECSE team may comprise:
    • Early Childhood Special Education Teachers 
    • Educational Speech/Language Pathologists
    • Occupational Therapist (OT)
    • Physical Therapist (PT)
    • Adapted Physical Education Teacher
    • School Psychologist
    • School Social Worker
    • School Nurse
    • Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
    • Educational Audiologist
    • Teacher of the Visually Impaired
    • Consultation for children suspected of having Autism or Related Pervasive Development Disorders
    • Mental health consultation and/or referral

Additional Details

  • Home Visits

  • Family Activities

  • Referral Procedure

  • Special Language Groups