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Folwell

Elementary School

Special Education
Special education services are provided to Folwell elementary students who are having physical, educational, behavioral, speech or other difficulties due to a handicapping condition(s). With parental permission and involvement, a student is individually assessed and a program planned for the child by specially trained and licensed teachers. The Individual Education Plan (IEP) specifies if the student will be taught individually, in a small group, or within the regular classroom. Special education programs include: Emotional/Behavior Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Occupational and Physical Therapy, Speech, Psychological and Social Work services. Regular education programs that address special needs are: English as a Second Language, and GATE (Gifted and Talented Education).

EMOTIONAL/BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS (E/BD) - Ms. Stephanie Leif and Mr. Stobaugh
Students who are experiencing emotional difficulties in school or at home which affect their behavior at school may be eligible to receive services. These services may include one-on-one behavior modification and/or other behavior management techniques to assist the child for a better school experience.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (ELL) - Mrs. Kristen Cleary
Students may receive assistance and support for problems associated with limited understanding of the English language, when English is not their native language.

GATE (GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION) - Ms.Hueton
The greatest opportunity to challenge the high potential student occurs in the classrooms, as that is where most of the school day is spent. Teachers are in-serviced in ways to stimulate students' higher order thinking, questioning, problem-solving and independent study. Folwell is making every effort to develop self-directed, independent learners who are capable of taking on new tasks and creating new products. In addition to in-classroom enrichment, Folwell provides opportunities for building-wide experiences in activities taught by parent volunteers. Finally, the district component of out-of-building classes (GATE) provides opportunities for qualified students to interact with intellectual peers from across the district, and to develop new skills and experiences. Information and forms are sent home with eligible students to notify parents when high potential classes will be held. Permission slips are necessary in order for students to participate.

SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITIES (SLD) - Ms Stephanie Leif and Mr. Stobaugh
Eligible students receive assistance with specific areas of learning disabilities.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY/PHYSICAL THERAPY -
A licensed Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist assists students with physical handicaps and weaknesses.

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY SERVICES - Ms. Luna
The school psychologist helps the child study team determine students' learning potential, diagnose problems, and facilitate the appropriate placement and services for children with special needs.

SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK SERVICES - Mrs. Lange
The school social worker helps children who have special needs related to attendance or family.

SPEECH/LANGUAGE SERVICES - Mrs. Schemmel
The speech and language clinician works with students to remediate communication skills in the areas of articulation, receptive and expressive language, fluency or voice. Students are generally referred by a classroom teacher or a parent if there are concerns about the student's speech or language skills. Students with suspected difficulties are evaluated by a child study team, which may consist of classroom teachers, principal, and other personnel as needed. Some support may be provided individually and some may be provided in a group setting.



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