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Special Education

Address the following areas:


Cognitive development entails "progressive changes in children's perceptions, knowledge, understanding, reasoning, and judgment, and the use of these competencies in everyday situations and routines as a basis for both acting independently and participating in social interactions with others".

Cognitive skills include abilities such as attention, memory, purposive planning, decision-making, and discrimination.

The special educator assesses how the child:

  • explores his/her environment
  • imitates actions
  • uses use everyday items (when age appropriate): naming objects, identifying body parts, pointing to, matching items by size, shape, color, and similarity, ability to count
  • sequence related actions in play (e.g., feeds doll with bottle, puts it to bed).


Expressive language is the ability to communicate wants and needs through vocalizations and/or verbalizations.

Receptive language is the ability to understand directives via pointing, gestures and/or following instruction/demands independently.

Adaptive Behavior (Self Help):

Self-help skills include: dressing, feeding, bathing, personal responsibility and ability to communicate wants and needs, as well as safety awareness.

Motor (gross and fine):

Gross motor: involves the use of the body's large and small muscles to perform basic movements.

Special educator assesses the child's ability to:

  • explore his/her environment
  • manipulate and play with toys

Fine motor:

Ability to manage manipulatives, utensils, fasteners, ie: zippers, turning pages in a book, safety awareness.

Special educator assesses the child's ability to:

  • self-feed or assist with feeding
  • turn pages in a book
  • dress-self or aid in dressings
  • manipulate and play with toys

Social Emotional Skills:

Social skills permit the establishment of a relationship between two or more people through which they mutually influence each other's behavior.

Emotions refer to the expression of one's feelings.
Social-Emotional skills enable children to engage in meaningful social interactions with parents, caregivers, peers, and others in their environment.

Special educator assesses the child's ability to:

  • express feelings
  • ability to interact with adults and children
  • use imagination

Kids in Action of Long Island, Inc offers special education evaluations and services to infants and children 0-21 years old. Please contact us regarding early intervention and preschool services.

Authorized Early Intervention, Pre-School CPSE and CSE services for eligible children are provided at no out of pocket cost to families. All professional staff are qualified, specially trained personnel credentialed and submitted to New York State for background checks by Kids In Action and licensed or certified by the State of New York.

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