ESSS Mission

The mission of the ESSS Department is to provide the appropriate supports and services to increase the achievement for students with disabilities, and to ensure progress in the appropriate curriculum for all students.

Contact Us

Exceptional Student Support Services
Educational Support Center
400 E. Lake Mary Blvd.
Sanford, FL 32773-7127
(407) 320-0216

Pre-K Disabilities Program

Pre-K Disabilities Clinic

The Pre-K Disabilities Clinic assists families of children ages 3-5 in the identification of learning delays and disabilities through screening, evaluation, development of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), and referral to programs and services. Support to families and school staff is provided through training, professional development, and consultation.

Tanya Shores, Administrator

Developmental Screenings

Seminole County Public Schools provides developmental screenings to children ages three through five years of age who reside in Seminole County, who have not yet entered kindergarten, and who are suspected of potential developmental delays or disabilities.

A developmental screening is a brief assessment of a child's overall functioning. Developmental areas which are screened include:
  • Communication Skills
  • Gross and Fine Motor Skills
  • Social Emotional Skills
  • Adaptive or Self-Help skills
  • Pre-Academic Skills
  • Vision and Hearing

The screening is conducted by trained professionals which may include an educator, speech-language pathologist, social worker, and school psychologist. These professionals are trained to administer and interpret developmental screening instruments. Based on the results of the developmental screening, you may receive an appointment for a full evaluation to gather more detailed information about your child's overall developmental functioning.

Should my child be screened?
In the preschool years, there is a wide range of what is considered to be typical development and acceptable behavior. The following list of behaviors are warning signs of potential problems that may interfere with your child's early education.

  • Difficulty interacting with peers and adults
  • Avoids playing with other children
  • Difficulty understanding or using language (i.e., trouble following directions; answering questions; asking questions)
  • Difficulty participating in age appropriate activities
  • Spontaneous speech is not easily understood by others
  • Demonstrates atypical behaviors (i.e., lining up toys; repeating movements; repeating words or phrases)
  • Demonstrates restlessness or limited attention
To schedule a screening for your child, please call Doris Guest at 407-320-9406. The Pre-K Clinic is located at 239 Rinehart Road, Lake Mary, Florida 32746.

Developmental Evaluation

A developmental evaluation includes an in-depth assessment of your child's overall functioning. This is to assist in determining the need for an individualized education program. The evaluation will be completed by a school psychologist, speech-language pathologist, and social worker. Vision and hearing teachers, occupational therapists, and physical therapists are available to observe, consult, and evaluate when needed. Areas to be assessed will include:
  • Communication Skills - ability to understand spoken language, express wants and needs clearly, and follow directions
  • Gross Motor - large motor movements such as running, jumping, and skipping
  • Fine Motor - small motor movements such as cutting, drawing, and stringing beads
  • Social Emotional Skills - interaction with peers and/or adults and the ability to follow directions
  • Adaptive or Self-Help skills - toileting, dressing, feeding, and attending to tasks
  • Pre-Academic Skills - early learning skills such as matching, memory skills, counting, and naming colors
What to expect at the evaluation?
Upon arrival, you will meet with the evaluation team that will work with your child. Bring your most current medical or therapy reports. This information could be helpful to the evaluation team. During the evaluation, the speech-language pathologist will assess your child's articulation, language, and social communication skills. The school psychologist, social worker, etc. will assess your child's pre-academic skills, gross and fine motor skills, and adaptive and social skills. After the evaluation, a staffing appointment will be scheduled. At this staffing, evaluation results will be discussed along with any recommendations or programs/services that your child may be eligible for. If your child is eligible for a program, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be developed at this meeting.