Services & Special Education
What do I need to do if I suspect my child has a learning disability?
Talk with your child’s teacher or school administrator! Share your observations and concerns. Your child’s teacher will implement and document interventions being done in the classroom and monitor your child’s progress for approximately 6 weeks. The teacher will also refer your child to the Child Study Team (CST) to gain insight, support, strategies, and advice from the team. If there is no evidence of progress, the team will meet with you and get consent to move forward with testing. Parents can also request testing by talking to your child’s teacher or school administrator. Special education committee meetings are called ARD meetings (Admission, Review, and Dismissal committee).
Special Programs at Zilker
ECSE: Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) provides special education services for any eligible child with an identified need who is between the ages of 3, 4, and 5. Services are provided at no costs to parents.
The goal of the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities is to provide early intervention on various campuses throughout Austin ISD. Each child who meets eligibility for ECSE services will have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) developed through an Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) committee to address need in the following areas:
Gross and Fine Motor
Daily Living Skills
Pre-Academic and Academic concepts.
All services are provided by professional staff in the areas of need for each child. Individualized Education Plans are developed collaboratively by a team who is familiar with the student both at home and in the school setting.
SCORES: Social Communication Resources and Services (SCORES) is an instructional service that supports students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and/or other disabilities demonstrating impairment in social, communication, and behavioral skills. Through an Admission, Review, Dismissal (ARD) committee, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed with appropriate goals to address each student’s individual needs in these areas.
SBS: Social Behavior Skills (SBS) is a service that provides behavioral support and interventions to facilitate the emergence and development of an internal locus of control that equips students to think, decide, and make choices in the self-responsible ways that can lead to success and joy in living. If a student meets eligibility for SBS, the ARD committee will identify the appropriate goals to address behavioral needs through an IEP.