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Special Education

  1. 1. Heidi KestelynInclusion Specialist
  2. 2. What can you do if your child is struggling in school?Talk with your childs teacher about your concernsAsk for a SST meeting (student study team)
  3. 3. SSTs Student Study TeamsGeneral education meeting with a multidisciplinary teamMeets the needs of a broad range of studentsParents and team brainstorm a support system (interventions) for students having difficulty in the classroomInterventions are put in place and team meets again to discuss progress
  4. 4. What happens if the interventions put in place werent successful?Multidisciplinary Team may request a screening or a full evaluation.Parent may request a full evaluation for Special EducationIf a referral for a full evaluation is done, parents must first sign an Assessment Plan and agree to testing.Testing is done at no cost to the parents.Testing, determination of eligibility, and a meeting must take place within 60 days of a signed Assessment Plan
  5. 5. AssessmentsYour child will be assessed in his/her home language by the school psychologist and special educator, but they may also be assessed by other specialistsPsychologist may give psychological, cognitive, social/emotional, or adaptive/behavioralSpecial Educator will administer academic/educational (Woodcock Johnson III)Speech Pathologist will administer speech and languageOccupational Therapist will give fine motor skills*students who are African American cannot have an IQ test administered
  6. 6. EligibilityA meeting will be held within 60 days of the signed Assessment PlanAn administrator, school psychologist, education specialist, general education teacher, other specialists, and parents make up the IEP teamIf your child qualifies for special education under one of the 13 eligibility categories, a Individualized Education Plan (IEP) will be developedParents are part of the IEP team and should be involved in discussing the IEP
  7. 7. Determining ServicesTeam DecisionIndividualizedAppropriate for student
  8. 8. Meeting AgendaIf parents speak a language other than English, a translator should be presentPurpose of IEP meeting (initial, annual, triennial, transition, addendum)Parents rights/procedural safeguardsReview progress of previous goals and objectivesReview current assessments (if applicable)Discuss present levels of performanceDevelop goals and objectivesDiscuss special factorsDiscuss placement continuum and accommodationsDiscuss Extended School Year (summer school)Discuss testing options and accommodationsReview IEP Notes
  9. 9. What happens at the end of the IEP?At the end of the IEP, the notes are read aloud to the teamAll members of the team sign for attendanceParents need to check and initial box stating they received their procedural safeguardsParents need to check and initial that they have received a copy of the IEP and/or assessmentsParents have a choice for consent (there are different options)Parents have the right to take a copy home and look it over before signingParents will receive copies of all documents (IEP and assessments)Once consent is signed, the IEP is implemented and progress on goals are given each trimester
  10. 10. Roles
  11. 11. School PsychologistAssessmentConsultation for student and systems-level changePreventionInterventionStaff, parent, and student educationMental health careAdvocacy
  12. 12. Learning Lab TeamDifferentiated academic support focusing on academic goals listed in IEPCollaborate with teachersCase Manage—set up & run IEP meetingsAcademic testingMonitor progress of goalsConsult with SST team membersAdvocacy
  13. 13. Team InclusionCollaborate with Administration, General Education, Parents, IAs, Other SpecialistsCase manage—all legal documents are in order and followedSet up, run IEP meetingsAcademic TestingSocial Skills groupsMonitor progress of IEP goalsProvide accommodations/modificationsCreate behavior plansAll day interventionAdvocacy
  14. 14. Speech and Language PathologistTherapy sessions (speech, language and pragmatics)Observations, assessments and reportsCollaboration with teachers, parents and staffCase manage—set up, run IEP meetings, complete paperworkMonitor progress on IEP goalsServicing and scheduling students throughout school year using 3:1 modelAdvocacy
  15. 15. Instructional AssistantsAssigned to children in classPrimary focus—meet needs of assigned students, help with accommodations/modificationsSupport students learning in the classroomBuild and foster relationships to support studentsHave in-depth knowledge of students’ academic, emotional and social needs
  16. 16. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson"One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child." -- Carl Jung