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What can a parent or caregiver expect at the first PPT meeting?
The first PPT meeting will document the referral to special education and will discuss the evaluation process. The team will look at information that is already available about how the child is doing in school, including areas of strength, and will dec...

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What can go wrong with my young child’s mental health?
Some children have temperaments or personalities that make it hard to be a good parent. Their parents and caregivers have challenges in searching for the right way to sooth, comfort, and even relate to their children. Some babies are not cuddlers or snu...

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What happens if the child is not eligible for special education?
If the PPT team decides that the child is not eligible for special education, the school district must tell the parents and caregivers of this decision in writing and explain why the child has been found “not eligible.” Under the Individuals with Dis...

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What has to happen before a child is referred for special education and related services?
Before a child is considered for a referral to special education services, other procedures and programs must have been attempted with that child and where appropriate, put into place in the classroom.  School districts have teams in individual schools t...

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What if a child is not in school and the parent or caregiver thinks the child may have a mental health issue or disability?
If a child is less than three years old and it is suspected that he or she may have a disability or significant delays, the child may be referred to the state’s appropriate early intervention services. In Connecticut, the Birth to Three System offers a ...

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What if my child needs medication?
Depending on the type, how serious and how long your child has had the symptoms, your pediatrician or child psychiatrist may prescribe medication for your child. Often, medication is prescribed with some type of behavioral treatment, such as counseling. H...

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What is a Planning and Placement Team (PPT)
A PPT is a made up of certified and / or licensed professionals who represent: The child’s regular education teacher At least one special education teacher An individual who can interpret evaluation results (e.g., school psychologist) Admini...

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What is a Trauma Screening or Assessment?
A child’s primary care doctor can conduct a short trauma history for the child, or your child can be screened directly by a mental health specialist. Screenings are completed by the parent or caregiver for children ages 3-18.  If your child is age 7 o...

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What is an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP)
If a child is found eligible to receive Special Education services, the IEP is a written plan that describes in detail your child's special education program. All students receiving special education and related services must have an IEP. It must be revi...

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What is Childhood Trauma?
Trauma occurs when a child experiences an intense event that threatens or causes harm to his or her emotional and physical well-being. Some events are more likely to be traumatic than others and people can have very different responses to the same event. ...

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