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Early Childhood Special Education Programs. Washoe County School District Presented by Shannon Ward. Since When. In 1986 the lDEIA was amended to include, “universal service for all “handicapped” children beginning at birth.”

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Early Childhood Special Education Programs

Washoe County School District

Presented by Shannon Ward

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Since When

  • In 1986 the lDEIA was amended to include, “universal service for all “handicapped” children beginning at birth.”

  • One of Congress’ finer moments and the beginning of Early Childhood Special Education Services.

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  • Nevada Early Intervention Services serves children from birth to three years of age.

  • NEIS works with WCSD and Child Find to provide transition services for children, with disabilities or those experiencing developmental delays, three months prior to their third birthday.

  • A meeting is held at NEIS and an assessment is scheduled at Child Find.

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Child Find

  • Children are assessed by an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, School Nurse, Speech Pathologist, School Psychologist, and other professional staff as determined by the nature of the concern.

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  • To be eligible for services, children must demonstrate a significant delay in one area of development or a mild delay in two or more areas.

  • Eligible children are offered services in the most appropriate program as determined by their needs.

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Programming-Least Restrictive Environment

  • The Early Childhood Partners Program provides collaborative services in private preschools. This program is most appropriate for children experiencing mild delays and already participating in a quality preschool. Speech and language services are also offered through this program as appropriate.

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Speech Services

  • Preschoolers eligible for speech services are enrolled at their zoned school and served by the speech pathologist on site unless other arrangements are made through the Speech Department and Child Find.

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Integrated Programs

  • WCSD offers collaborative preschool programs at numerous sites A special education teacher works with a general education teacher to provide a developmentally appropriate program designed to meet the needs of all students while addressing specific IEP goals and objectives.

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Reverse Mainstream

In order to provide more inclusive opportunities for students we have created reverse mainstream classrooms.

These programs include four typical peer models in each session bringing the total number of students to 14.

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  • Students with Autism are served in highly structured, self contained settings that focus on research based teaching methods such as: Discrete Trial Training, Applied Behavior Analysis, Social Stories, as well as other strategies.

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  • Strategies classrooms serve six to eight students with the exception of the Integrated Strategies Classrooms at Sarah Winnemucca and Desert Heights

  • Four typical peers are included in these programs to provide opportunities for facilitated interactions.

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Early Childhood Intervention Program

  • This program provides a highly structured supportive environment that focuses on social skills training, expressing emotions appropriately, and interacting in a positive manner with peers.

  • Six to eight students can be served in each session. Pre-K is offered in the morning and DK in the afternoon.

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TMCC Reverse Mainstream

  • The afternoon Program at TMCC offers a small group setting, with four typical peers included for facilitated interactions.

  • The focus of the program is on communication and social skills training. Teachers invite students to work with peers on a variety of activities which provides opportunities for social skills training.

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Self Contained Programs

  • Some students, with more significant delays, benefit from a small group setting with no more than twelve students.

  • Students with multiple disabilities are often served in settings with six to eight students. Two of these programs are located at Picollo.

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Home Hospital-Most Restrictive

  • Some special needs preschoolers are too fragile or ill to attend a program and are served in their home by a special education teacher.

  • Typically, these students receive two and a half hours of service per week. Some very impacted students receive related services on a limited basis.

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  • Our Early Childhood classrooms use The Creative Curriculum.

  • It is endorsed by The National Association for the Education of Young Children and our Nevada Department of Education.

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Early Childhood Outcomes

  • The Developmental Assessment of Young Children is given to students entering and exiting our Early Childhood Programs.

  • Data is reported to the Nevada Department of Education to measure the effectiveness of our programs.

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Thanks for Listening

  • We welcome your child !!!

  • Early Childhood is a life affirming place to be.