Special Education Services
Special Education Teachers
- Ms. Jess, ASD Teacher
- Ms. Brunner, ASD Teacher
- Ms. Howe, Special Education Resource Teacher
- Ms. Spanier, Special Education Resource Teacher
- Ms. Dowdy, Special Education Resource Teacher
- Ms. Sykes, Physical Education Teacher
Special Education Support
Special Education Assistants
Special Education:The special education teachers at Lyndale support students who qualify for special education, have a disability and are in need of specialized instruction. A comprehensive evaluation, conducted by a team from the public school, evaluates and identifies these students. For every student who needs special education services, the team develops a special document called an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP outlines the unique needs of the student and the specialized goals and objectives that will help the student make educational progress. Parents are a critical partner in every phase of identifying a student for special education and in establishing the IEP.
Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT):
The Special Education Resource Teacher’s at Lyndale service student’s in grade K-5th grade with varying needs in settings 1 and 2. SERT’s at Lyndale offer a variety of services from push-in to pull-out support based on a students individual academic and emotional needs.
Autism Citywide Program at Lyndale:
The Autism Citywide program at Lyndale is designed to serve students who have been identified as having Autism Spectrum Disorders. Our program is highly structured, includes individualized programming, intensive communication and language training and social skills training. We utilize of natural environments for instruction, as well as incorporate positive behavioral programming. Students will participate in educationally-based sensory activities, as appropriate, and inclusion with mainstream peers and activities when appropriate. Related services including speech/language, occupational therapy, adaptive physical education and social work are also provided based on individual need. The staff in the Citywide program at Lyndale are committed to high quality instruction and effective interventions for each student in our program.
The Special Education Teachers who work in the Citywide program at Lyndale have access and are trained in a variety of research-based curricula. Curricula will be selected based on individual student need and IEP team discussion with consideration of curriculum being utilized in general education. Citywide ASD Service staff/Special Education Department provide teachers information and training on a variety of curricula that have been found to be appropriate for students with ASD. Ultimately, continuous progress monitoring of individual goals and objectives will guide educational and curricular decisions.
School Psychological Services:
School psychologists provide direct and indirect support and interventions to students, consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school social workers) to improve support strategies, work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies, and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services.
All children and youth can face problems from time to time-related to learning; social relationships; making difficult decisions; or managing emotions such as feeling depressed, anxious, worried, or isolated. School psychologists collaborating with other support staff help students, families, educators, and members of the community understand and resolve both long-term, chronic problems and short-term issues that students may face.
The school psychologist and school psychology intern are at Lyndale two days a week.