Ancillary Staff Services and Information

Adaptive Physical Education Services
The adaptive physical education teacher provides instruction in physical education to special education students whose disability precludes integration into regular physical education classes. The adaptive physical education teacher may also provide supportive service to regular physical education teachers who have handicapped students integrated into their programs and to special education classroom teachers who are delivering physical education classes. The adaptive physical education teacher adapts teaching methods, materials, and techniques for physical and motor fitness, gymnasium use, fundamental motor skills, aquatic skills, dance, individual and group games, and lifetime sports skills for the needs of a variety of handicapping conditions. Evaluations are provided with accompanying goals and objectives in order to target specific areas of motor deficiency/dysfunction.

Contact Brian Simmerman for more information.

Occupational Therapy Services
The occupational therapist evaluates and determines purposeful activities which will facilitate improvement of the student’s physical, fine motor, sensory motor, and self-care functioning within the school environment. Contact Adrienne Hardimon (All Buildings) for more information.

Physical Therapy Services
Physical therapists evaluate and provide services and/or support to improve or maintain a student’s level of functioning within the school setting. Physical therapy services are mainly in the area of mobility within the school environment. A physician’s script is required annually for this service to be provided and the physical impairment must be impacting the student’s performance within the educational environment. Contact Lisa Iordanou (All buildings) for more information.

School Psychologist Services
School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school.

  • Have specialized training in both psychology and education which extends their expertise far beyond the most familiar role of conducting evaluations to determine special needs;
  • Can support the social, emotional, and academic learning goals of all students and provide services that impact learning at the individual, small group, classroom, building, or school district level; and
  • Can support the social, emotional, and academic learning goals of all students and provide services that impact learning at the individual, small group, classroom, building, or school district level; and
  • Collaborate with teachers, administrators, parents, other school specialists and other health professionals to ensure that every child learns in a safe, healthy, supportive environment; and are
  • Mandated participants in the following multidisciplinary evaluation teams: Specific Learning Disability, Cognitive Impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Emotional Impairment

For more information on these services contact Danelle Tucker or Sherry Smeltzer

Social Work Services

School social workers are the link between home, school, and community and provide direct interventions with students and families. The school social worker consults with staff regarding student concerns, and advocates on behalf of students. The school social worker provides evaluations of students suspected of having a significant emotional, behavioral, or social problem that is affecting their ability to succeed in the school environment. The school social worker is available to consult with staff and/or parents regarding affective concerns.

Social Work Contacts:
Heike Woodard
Melissa Foster
Elizabeth Smith

Speech and Language Services
A Speech Language Pathologist is responsible for the identification, diagnosis and treatment of students with speech and language impairments, such as articulation, language, fluency and social skills. They also participate in MET’s, IEP’s and consultation with classroom teachers, parents, ancillary staff and the Intermediate School District. Services may be provided in a variety of settings using various strategies.

Speech and Language Services Contacts
Jennifer Gallagher
Kirstin Hodge
Lyndsay Caldwell
Rebecca Alvord

Teacher Consultants
Special education students who do not require classroom services may be placed on the caseload of the teacher consultant. Teacher consultants provide supportive services to students who are eligible for special education, along with consultation to both general and special education teachers and parents. The teacher consultant does not grade, give credit, or teach a general or special education course. The teacher consultant may provide achievement testing to students as part of the evaluation process.

Teacher Consultant Contacts:
Jim Golen
Christine Conroy
Julia Faris

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