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Harper Assessment Center

The Harper Preschool Assessment Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive assessments for preschool children using current evidenced based practices.  Our goal is the identification of each child's unique educational needs in the determination of eligibility for special education services.  We are committed to working collaboratively with families to help all preschool children reach their highest potential.

The Harper Assessment Center provides multidisciplinary evaluations to respond to your concerns regarding the growth and development of your child, and to determine if he or she has a disability that requires specialized interventions.

Children ages 3 to 5 who have a disability defined by Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) - Part B and CA State Education Code are provided specialized instruction and related services by the Newport Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD).

Through the referral process, you and a Specialist will identify any areas of concern for further assessment. Based on areas of concern, a multidisciplinary evaluation is conducted by a team of professionals which could include a school psychologist, speech language pathologist, special education teacher, occupational therapist, district nurse, adaptive physical education teacher and physical therapist.

Together, the Education Specialists can provide a thorough understanding of your child’s strengths and present functional, developmental and academic skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • Cognition
  • Speech and Language
  • Motor Skills
  • Social/Emotional
  • Academic Abilities
  • Health and Development
  • Sensory Processing

The Multidisciplinary Team  Assessment consists of the following:

  • Formal and informal assessments
  • Interviews conducted with you, teacher, and/or any service providers
  • Observations of your child in his/her natural setting, during the formal evaluations and/or during a current service provider’s therapy session
  • Thorough review of all medical and educational records

Upon completion of the assessment process, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is held with you and the Multidisciplinary Team Specialists. At this meeting the IEP team will:

  • Review all evaluation outcomes with you
  • Determine areas of unique educational needs for your child
  • Establish eligibility for special education services
  • Propose goals and objectives for targeted areas of growth
  • Recommend program and services to address your child’s individualized needs

Children can be found eligible under the following established categories:

  • Speech Language Impairment
  • Autism
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Hearing or Visual Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Established Medical Disability
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Multiple Disabilities

NMUSD offers an array of services to address the unique learning styles and educational needs of all children found eligible for special education. Recommended educational programs could consist of a specialized classroom placement, direct related services of collaboration and consultation amongst your child’s service providers.  

Contact Us

Harper Assessment Center
425 E. 18th St., Bldg. A, Rm 18
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Phone: (949) 515-6631
Fax: (949) 515-6633

Harper Assessment Brochure