Special Education (SPED) Specialized and personalized instruction of a disabled child, designed in response to educational disabilities determined by an evaluation. Special education services pick up where early intervention services leave off, at age 3.
Your local school district provides these services through their special education departments. The focus of special education is different from that of early intervention. While early intervention addresses your child’s overall development, special education focuses on providing your child with an education, regardless of disabilities or special needs.
How your child’s needs will be met is a vital part of the Individualized Education Program (IEP).