Preschoolers

October 19, 2016

What is a Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT)?

A Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) works with children in their educational programs, day care settings or in their homes to provide the necessary individualized support the child needs in order to participate in all classroom activities. SEIT services are defined in section 4410(1)(k) of Education Law and section 200.16 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, which explain that certified special education teachers are provided on the basis that a preschool student has a disability. At the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) level, SEITs provides one-to-one support to students who need extra help learning and regulating their behavior in the preschool classroom. In addition to providing direct help and support to the student, SEITs provide consultation to the teachers sharing strategies to support the student in the classroom. In order for the Department of Education (DOE) to pay for the special education service of a SEIT, the student must have a disability. In order to gain a disability code, a student must be evaluated and qualify for a diagnosis. Once it is determined that the student has a disability that will impact their ability to access an appropriate education, the DOE will write an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that is a legal document that states the special education services a child will receive. SEITs are a special education service that, according to the DOE, cost $60-$100 per hour.

Some families choose to only use private services, and do not apply through the DOE. Rather, families will seek a private organization to provide SEIT services. Families may do this for confidentiality concerns or to supplement their Early Intervention (EI), CPSE, or Committee on Special Education (CSE) services. Some of the private organizations accept insurance. In order to utilize your insurance for the SEIT service, or to utilize your out-of-network benefits, a superbill must be submitted to your insurance. This superbill must indicate a diagnosis in order to receive benefits.


Expulsion/Counseling-Out

Having your child expelled from school can be devastating to the child and the parents concept of their offspring. Both how the child sees themselves and how the parents sees the child can be radically changed by the expulsion. This usually causes a drop in the child's self-esteem, and changes the parents trust in their child and alters their hopes and expectations for their child. However, being expelled from school can be a new beginning and a chance that both child and parent learn how to better understand themselves. Fully processing the events, while gaining a better understanding of the child’s strengths and weaknesses can help the parent and child learn how to best advocate in the educational system. Here we help children and parents through this difficult time with therapy, evaluations and educational guidance.


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