Preschool IEP Goal Development
If you've never written IEP goals for early childhood and you are faced with teaching a special needs preschooler in the regular education setting, you're probably asking yourself the question, what are the IEP goals for preschool age children, and how are they written?
Writing IEP goals for preschoolers encompasses several different areas of development. The areas of development that may be covered on a preschool IEP are: cognitive, gross motor, fine motor, speech/language, adaptive, and social skills/behavior.
When a preschool child is tested for developmental delays as a requirement for special needs services, the areas that he or she is found to be behind in are the areas that IEP goals will be developed for. They are then addressed in the classroom by teachers, physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, and other professionals.
IEP goals are typically based on test results that take place when a child is referred for special education services. The child's goals will depend upon the deficits assessed. A child's goals will be individually written based on the child's present levels of performance, which are determined through an assessment. Preschool level assessments may be curriculum based. Goals must be written as measurable, and must include how often or accurately the skill should be performed in order to be considered complete.