Eligibility Evaluations

If you have a concern about your child’s development, you may not be sure where to turn or what to do. We recommend first speaking to your pediatrician to identify any early signs of autism. He or she may be able to answer your questions and provide information to determine if you need to take additional steps. If your child attends a preschool or daycare, it can also be helpful to speak with the staff members who know your child. If you still have concerns, the Summit Center can help through evaluation for preschoolers and special education services for preschoolers.

For children under the age of three:
If your child is under the age of three, he or she may be eligible for services through your county’s Early Intervention Program (EIP). Some common services which can be provided include special instruction, family training, family support, speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. In order for your preschool child to receive services, he or she will first undergo an evaluation to determine eligibility for special education services.

Eligibility evaluations are provided at no cost to you and typically occur in your home or your child’s daycare setting. Following the evaluation, the results are shared with you and an official from the EIP. Based on the results and your areas of concern, a plan for services is developed called an Individualized Family Service Plan or IFSP. This document details the services recommended for your child and areas you would like to be addressed by your child’s therapists.

To begin the process to determine if your child may need additional support with his or her development, click on the link below for your county contact information.

Erie County Early Intervention Program
Niagara County Division of Children with Special Needs

Eligibility: The Summit Center is approved to provide eligibility evaluations and services to children through the Early Intervention Program and the Committee on Preschool Special Education.
Contact: Call us at (716) 629-3400

For children ages three and older:
If your child is approaching three years of age or older, he or she may be eligible for services through your school district’s Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE). The most common services that are available for preschool students include special education itinerant teacher services, speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. To receive services, your child will be evaluated to determine eligibility. The evaluation includes assessments in cognitive functioning, pre-academic skills, speech and language development, fine and gross motor skills and self-help skills.

Following the evaluation to identify delays in development, the results will be shared with you. Within 30 days of your child’s referral to for evaluation, you will attend a meeting as a member of the CPSE for your child. At this meeting, all committee members will discuss the results of your child’s evaluation and decide if services are needed. The evaluation and any services recommended and approved at the CPSE are available to you through your school district at no direct cost to you. To begin the process to determine if your child may need additional support with his or her development, contact your local school district and ask for the Committee of Preschool Special Education Office.

Eligibility: The Summit Center is approved to provide eligibility evaluations and services to children through the Early Intervention Program and the Committee on Preschool Special Education.
Contact: Call us at (726) 629-3400