Special Education

Services & Special Education Section 504

What do I need to do if I suspect my child has a learning disability?

Talk with your child’s teacher or school administrator! Share your observations and concerns. 

Do you have concerns about your child's development?

Special Programs at Zilker

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) provides special education services for any eligible child with an identified need who is between the ages of 3, 4, and 5. Services are provided at no costs to parents.

The goal of the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities is to provide early intervention on various campuses throughout Austin ISD. Each child who meets eligibility for ECSE services will have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) developed through an Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) committee to address need in the following areas:

  • Language/Communication

  • Social Behavioral

  • Gross and Fine Motor

  • Daily Living Skills

  • Pre-Academic and Academic concepts.

All services are provided by professional staff in the areas of need for each child. Individualized Education Plans are developed collaboratively by a team who is familiar with the student both at home and in the school setting. 

Social Communication Resources and Services (SCORES) is an instructional service that supports students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and/or other disabilities demonstrating impairment in social, communication, and behavioral skills. Through an Admission, Review, Dismissal (ARD) committee, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed with appropriate goals to address each student’s individual needs in these areas.

Social Behavior Skills (SBS) is a service that provides behavioral support and interventions to facilitate the emergence and development of an internal locus of control that equips students to think, decide, and make choices in the self-responsible ways that can lead to success and joy in living. If a student meets eligibility for SBS, the ARD committee will identify the appropriate goals to address behavioral needs through an IEP.