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 The Special Education Team
 

Special education at Washington-Henry Elementary School encompasses a variety of services that are designed to meet the needs of students. In addition to services to assist students with academic learning challenges, speech, physical therapy and occupational therapy are other options for students found eligible to receive them. The members of the Special Education Department at Washington-Henry are:

Dana Jackson

Principal

Sandra Crowder

Assistant Principal

Meg Dechiara

Special Education Teacher

Deborah White

Special Education Teacher

Leigh-Ann Pullen

Special Education Teacher

Kate Worcester

Speech Therapist

Maria Fiden

Special Education Teacher

Paige Wilhoite

Occupational Therapist

Kathy Jenkins

Special Education Assistant

Cristy Hill

Special Education Assistant

Marie Seniunas

Special Education Assistant

Heather Kerns

Special Education Assistant

Stephanie Fox

Special Education Assistant

Deb d'Evegnee

Special Education Assistant

Dale Studer

Special Education Assistant

The Special Education Process
Children who experience prolonged difficulties in school which do not seem to be alleviated by modifications in the regular classroom or by the traditional support systems offered by the school may be referred for evaluation of special education services. If a child is referred by a parent or teacher, a meeting will be held with the Child Study Team. The child study team is usually composed of the child's parents, teacher, the assistant principal and a special education teacher. This team will meet to discuss the child's strengths and weaknesses, and previously attempted educational interventions.
   If it is determined that a complete special educational evaluation is needed, several different components will be considered. Parental permission is needed for any of the evaluation components to be given and the process may take up to 65 days to complete. The most typical evaluations given are an educational evaluation to determine the child's academic achievement, a psychological evaluation to help establish ability, a hearing screening and classroom observation. Sometimes, social histories and medical examinations may also be requested.
   If students are experiencing difficulties with speech sounds or articulation of ideas, a speech evaluation may be done. Similarly, if a student is challenged by fine motor activities such as writing, coloring, or cutting, an evaluation by an occupational therapist may be recommended. Less commonly, physical therapy evaluations are recommended. Physical therapy services are more typically already in place when a child enters school for conditions that have delayed their physical development.
   If the Child Study Team determines that a child is eligible for special education services, the next step is creating an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). This plan is modeled to fit each child's specific educational needs. Its creation is a joint effort among the child's parents, teacher, special education teacher, and assistant principal.

   If you have any questions regarding special education services at Washington Henry, please contact Ms. Crowder, the Assistant Principal at 723-2300.

 

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