SPECIAL EDUCATION
Services

SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

School Psychologist:

  • Nationally Certified school psychologist assigned to each school
  • Visit each school at least once per week
  • Help determine the need for an evaluation, conduct evaluations, consult with teachers, and attend IEP meetings (when an evaluation has been completed and at the request of staff for yearly meetings)

Related Services: Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist

  • Conduct evaluations
  • Attend IEP meetings
  • Provide services

Early Childhood Special Education Teacher:

  • Responsible for state required BATTELLE testing
  • Attend IEP meetings for ages B-5 if a school does not have a teacher certified in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE).
  • Supervise noncertified staff who provide services to preschoolers who qualify for sped services
  • Provide training, update, and ideas to school run preschools

Coop Special Education Director:

  • Present in-services to regular education staff in the area of special education
  • Inform administration of changes at the state or national level
  • Act as a liaison between school and state
  • Provide sped staff with updates, annual training, answer questions, and monitor coop schools to insure they are meeting state guidelines
  • Attend and facilitate IEP meetings when requested by school (typically when there are legal concerns or issues between parents and the school)

Other

An Academic Evaluator completes the standardized testing that is required as a part of a comprehensive evaluation for special education services.  Monthly sped meetings are held with staff to determine upcoming needs as well as discuss concerns about students; Parent Rights booklets are provided to the schools.  Developmental Screenings for children from Birth through age five are conducted every fall; these screenings cover cognitive, language, articulation, motor skills, and hearing.  Head Start and the county health nurses are invited to participate, and if so vision, height, and weight are also included in the screenings.  Also present at the developmental screenings is an Autism Team qualified to administer a comprehensive Autism evaluation.  The Cooperative also holds a contract with the State Department of Special Education; this provides the special education director the opportunity to be "in the know" with the latest changes, and to participate on various state work groups.

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