Developmental Skills – NYSAA

Level: Elementary and Middle School (center or district-based programs)
Recommended Ratio: Elementary (Grades K-5) and Middle School (Grades 6-8) 6:1:2; High School 8:1:2

This program is designed for students:

  • with significant cognitive delays.
  • who also have multiple disabilities with delays in speech and language, motor development, and social emotional development.
  • who are eligible for the New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA).
  • who demonstrate mild to moderate difficulty in self-regulation and behavior management.
  • who demonstrate difficulty and significant delays in self-care and daily living skills.
  • who have significant difficulty generalizing skills from one setting to another.

Related services are provided in supports to school personnel on behalf of the student to accomplish several things:

  • to assess the student more diagnostically in the classroom;
  • train all staff in the classroom intensely on the student’s needs;
  • determine the appropriate level of related services the student will need after this assessment and training period.

Student Eligibility

Children are placed in BOCES special education programs at the direction of their local school district’s Committee on Special Education (CSE). CSE Teams, including the district CSE Chair, classroom teacher, parents, and service providers collaborate to develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for any student identified as requiring special education services. Contact your local school district’s CSE Chair for more information.

Learn more about our Special Education programs

Caralee Kardash, Director of Special Education
Phone: 518-464-6310
caralee.kardash@neric.org