Special Needs Preschool

At AESD, we believe that all of our children are capable of success, no exceptions!  We provide a continuum of services for all of our learners from preschool through 8th grade to ensure we are supporting each of our learners to achieve their success.

AESD offers a special needs preschool program that provides a smaller staff to student ratio than our community education preschool programs. The special needs preschool program is located at Wildflower School. We have AM and PM programs in three different classrooms, which are constructed to meet the needs of each student.  

If the child is not in need of a special needs classroom, yet still needs some service all of our typical Community Education programs serve students with special needs as well. Our Special education teachers and Related Service providers deliver the services, as stated in the students’ Individual Education Plans (IEP), within the typical preschool setting. 

We have the very best Preschool Evaluation Team that works diligently to ensure the very best placement is recommended for each and every one of our amazing students.

If your preschool student has already been identified as in need of special education services, and has an IEP please contact us to schedule an appointment to review your child’s plan.




Meet our Special Needs Preschool Teaching Staff!
Preschool Campus Locations
Mrs. Aguilar
Wildflower School
Mrs. Alward
Wildflower School 
Ms. Collins
Wildflower School

If your child has not been identified yet, and you are concerned about their development AESD offers FREE DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENINGS.

AESD’s screenings approximately every 45 days throughout the school year for any child ages 2 years and 9 months to 5.  The child must live within the AESD boundaries. Click the link below to see a map of the boundaries.

 Boundary Map

 Screenings are held on Wednesdays from 8 am to 12 pm. They are by appointment only. The screenings for the 2018-2019 school year are as follows:


May 22

The following is information about the screening:

  1. Screenings take approximately 1 hour.
  2. The child and guardian must be present.
  3. The screening begins with a hearing and vision screening.If the child fails or cannot complete either vision or hearing for any reason they cannot proceed to the full screening until they are evaluated by a medical professional. If the guardian has records of a recent vision and hearing screening that can be submitted to allow the child to proceed with the screening.
  4. All children will be screened in the following areas:
    1. Hearing
    2. Vision
    3. Communication (Speech)
    4. Motor skills
    5. Behavior
    6. Self help skills
    7. Social skills
    8. Intellectual skills
  5. If the child is found to be below the expected level of typical development they will be referred for a full evaluation by the preschool team to determine if the qualify for preschool special education services.

 What is Early Childhood Special Education?    

   Click here to find out. 

Child Find Information 

The intent of Child Find under both federal and state requirements is to ensure that all children ages birth - 21 years with delays or disabilities are identified, located and evaluated in order to receive needed early intervention supports or special education services. Public agencies responsible for providing these supports and services are obligated to actively search to "find" children who may be eligible and conduct an eligibility determination process that includes screening and evaluation according to state established criteria.  For more information on this subject, please call ADE/Child Find Unit at 1-800-352-4558, DES/AzEIP Office at 1-888-439-5609, or Children's Information Center at 1-800-232-1676. You can also click on the links below to go to those websites.

Early intervention supports and services assist families of eligible children aged birth to three to help their child develop to his or her full potential and, to the maximum extent possible, participate in the daily activities and routines of their families and communities with greater independence and competence.

Special Education for preschool and school aged children provides specialized instruction and supports and/or related services to assist children in reaching their developmental milestones and in participating in developmentally appropriate activities, including accessing the general curriculum and in benefiting from their educational environment.

Child Find Website

AZ DES/AzEIP Website


Dr. Lisa Aaroe
Director of Exceptional Student Services
Phone: 623-772-5034   Fax: 623-772-5090


Dr. Neil Stafford 
Lead Psychologist

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Exceptional Student Related Services Personnel

Based upon your child's school site (service school and/or home school), psychologists, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists and physical therapists will monitor your child's progress and provide services based upon the needs identified in his/her IEP, Individualized Education Program. 

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