Special Education

Special Education

Preschool Assessment Program

The Preschool Assessment Program is located at:
Westview High School (Room A127)
13500 Camino Del Sur, San Diego, CA  92129
Phone: (858) 484-8661  Ext. 3740
Fax: (858) 484-8595


Painted Hands

Our Mission Statement ...

The Poway Unified School District Special Education Preschool Assessment Team is committed to locating, identifying and serving children with disabilities ages 3-5 in our community in order to prepare them for successful transition to elementary school.




Karin Cameron, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher 858-484-8661  Ext. 3721 kcameron@powayusd.com
Linda Reeve, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher 858-484-8661  Ext. 3709 lreeve@powayusd.com
Lucas Gormican, School Psychologist 858-484-8661  Ext. 3711 lgormican@powayusd.com
Monica Ritchie, School Psychologist 858-484-8661  Ext. 3719 mritchie@powayusd.com
Mallory Weinheimer, Speech Language Pathologist 858-484-8661  Ext. 3712 mweinheimer@powayusd.com
Helen Williams, Speech Language Pathologist 858-484-8661  Ext. 3718 hwilliams@powayusd.com
Rebeca Cohen, Office Assistant 858-484-8661  Ext. 3742 rcohen@powayusd.com

Developmental Norms



How It Works

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Screening Process

If your child is under the age of 3 and you have concerns about their development, please contact HOPE Infant Family Support Program or San Diego Regional Center.

If your child is 3-5 years of age and you have concerns about their development, contact the PUSD Special Education Preschool Assessment Team at (858) 484-8661 x 3740. Follow the instructions stated on the voicemail. Our clerical assistant will contact you to set up an appointment. If you have information or evaluations that have been completed on your child, please bring them with you.

On your appointment date, your child will be with specialists for about 60 minutes. These specialists include a school psychologist, speech-language pathologist, resource specialist and resource nurse. During this time, the specialists will get an overview of your child’s skills in the following areas:

*Language *    Articulation *    Vision/Hearing
*Preacademics    *Concepts     *Motor

After the screening, we will sit down with you and discuss your child’s performance. If there are areas of concern, we will develop an evaluation plan and ask your permission to assess your child further. The assessment will determine eligibility for special education services.


Upon signing the evaluation plan, appointments for the assessment(s) will be scheduled. After the assessments are completed, a meeting will be scheduled with you. The purpose of the meeting will be to determine if your child meets one of the 14 disability categories for special education and requires specialized instruction. If your child is eligible, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed for your child. The IEP will outline your child’s needs and the service(s) required for your child to make progress.


Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to questions we hear often:


What do services look like?

What are the hours for services?

What services are available?

Where are services provided?

Will my child receive services once they enter kindergarten?

How much will services cost?


What do services look like?

Children are typically seen in small groups. Groups sessions are 30 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the needs of the child. Services are based on each child’s individual goals.


What are the hours for services?

We provide services for preschoolers during school hours, Monday through Friday, excluding District holidays, Professional Growth Days, and Teacher Conference Days.


What services are available?

If eligible, children may receive related services, such as speech/language services, or adapted physical education services. Children may also receive specialized instruction, including resource services, or instruction in a special education preschool class (Special Day Class).


Where are services provided?

Children who require speech/language services only receive services at their elementary school of residence. Children who require resource services may receive them at Adobe Bluffs Elementary. For these services, parents bring their child to the school, wait while the service is provided, and take their child home. Children who require placement in a Preschool Special Day Class receive related services as part of their program, at the school where the class is located. There are different types of Preschool Special Day Classes, and they are located at different elementary schools across the District. Placement is made either at your school of residence, or as close to your school of residence as possible, where the recommended program is available.


Will my child receive therapy once they enter kindergarten?

If your child continues to be eligible for services when they are in transitional kindergarten/kindergarten, and they attend a PUSD school, the services continue at the District school they attend, during their school day.


How much will services cost?

Special education services are provided at no cost to you as part of a free appropriate public education.

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