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Commonly Used Special Education Acronyms Quick View

Special Education seems to have a language of its own. Educators often use many of these words in conversations with parents, so, as a parent, please ask for clarification or an explanation of the meaning. Teachers, speech/language pathologists, principals, etc. will be more than happy to do so. As an equal partner in planning, parents must be comfortable with and understand the information...

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Educational Diagnosticians and Licensed Specialists in School Psychology Quick View

Educational Diagnosticians and Licensed Specialists in School Psychology The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires that a full and individual evaluation be conducted for each student considered for special education and related services. Evaluation specialists in Plano ISD are diagnosticians, licensed specialists in school psychology (LSSP), and/or speech-language pathologists....

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Parent Points Quick View

Intriguing Information Stability • Children must have stability near the body to have accurate movement away from the body. • Make sure that children are stable and supported through the feet and body before they tackle a fine motor task (i.e., feet should not be dangling in the air). Grasp Patterns • The hand needs to be able to separate the movement side (thumb, index and middle finger) f...

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Teacher Tips Quick View

Posture and Stability • Look at correct sitting posture and appropriate chair and table heights. A child’s feet should be flat on the floor and the desktop should be 2 inches above the bent elbow. • Use the 90 - 90 - 90 rule. Ankles, hips, and knees should be bent to a 90-degree angle for appropriate sitting posture. • If table is too high, elbows will be up and out to sides. If table is too l...

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Frequestly Asked Questions Quick View

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY What is occupational therapy in the school setting? Occupational therapy is a ".. supportive service required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education..." Students who receive occupational therapy services in the school setting have been determined to need occupational therapy in order to benefit educationally. Occupational therapy combines ...

Audiology

Audiology Quick View

Audiology The audiologist serves students with hearing impairments by performing hearing tests and other assessments. The audiologist also provides technical support for students in Special Education who use assistive listening technology. Please contact the Audiologist office at 469-752-8875.

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Child Find Attach Quick View

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LSSP Quick View

Licensed Specialists in School Psychology team Licensed Specialists in School Psychology conduct emotional/behavioral evaluations for Plano ISD for the purposes of establishing disabilities in students and for educational planning. These psychological evaluations are to determine whether a child has a disabling condition that negatively impacts his or her academic progress and meets Texas Ed...

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Instructional Support Services Quick View

Instructional Support Specialists Leslie Schroeder Team Leader Instructional Support 469-752-8748 Karen Brundrett Instructional Support 469-752-8749 Sharon Brewer Instructional Support 469-752-8829 Ann Walker Instructional Assistant 469-752-8757 Keesha Williams Instructional Support 469-752-8826 Beth Bohannon Instructional Support 469-752-8750 Heather Manley Instructional Support 469-752...

Curriculum

Curriculum and Instruction Quick View

Multicultural Assessment Team (MCAT) First Row (left to right): Rosario Brusniak, Carmen Toal, Bonnie Kahn, and Linda Stokes Second Row: Rose Weitzman, Amy Mortensen, Liza Terrazas, Laura Schepers and Maggie Cardona Bonnie Kahn MCAT Team Leader, Bilingual LSSP 469-752-8794 Lisa Terrazas Bilingual LSSP 469-752-8793 Rosario Brusniak Bilingual Speech Pathology/Team Leader 469-752-2646 Maggie ...

Counseling

Psychological and Behavior Team (PBT) Quick View

Psychological and Behavior Team (PBT) The Psychological Team is comprised of a group of individuals who specialize in the evaluation of all students with emotional and behavioral needs. Included on this team are Licensed Specialists in School Psychology and Educational Diagnosticians. Members of this team work closely with students and their families, school staff and other related agencies to...

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Special Education Counseling Quick View

Special Education Counseling Special Education Counseling is a team that provides the related service of counseling for students receiving special education services. As with all related services, counseling through special education is required only when an ARD committee determines that it is necessary in order for a student to benefit educationally. As with all related services, the deci...

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Assistive Technology Quick View

Assistive Technology Assistive Technology evaluation looks at the student's needs and areas of strength in determining if assistive technology is needed in order to educate the student in his/her least restrictive environment. The assessment may include one or more of the following areas: communication, computer access, written communication, and/or software to support I.E.P. instructional g...

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Adapted Physical Education Quick View

Adapted PE Plano ISD has three adapted physical education teachers who serve students from kindergarten through senior high school. They are: Amber Smith amber.smith@pisd.edu Team Leader 469-752-8717 Tom Hart tom.hart@pisd.edu 469-752-8724 David Larrison David.Larrison@pisd.edu 469-752-8725 Adapted physical education is an instructional service provided to students who are eligible for...

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Music Therapy Quick View

Music Therapy Michelle Melander Michelle.Melander@pisd.edu Team Leader Bachelor of Science & Master of Arts 469-752-8721 Libby Choi libby.choi@pisd.edu Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Music 469-752-8759 Lisa Livingston Lisa.Livingston@pisd.edu Bachelor of Music & Master of Arts 469-8760 The need for the related service of music therapy is determined on an individual basis. The...

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Occupational Therapy's Notes to Parents Quick View

OT's Notes to Parents Stability * Children must have stability near the body to have accurate movement * Make sure that children are stable and supported through the feet and body before they tackle a fine motor task (i.e., feet should not be dangling in the air). Grasp Patterns * The hand needs to be able to separate the movement side (thumb, index and middle finger) from the stabilizati...

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Occupational Therapy Products Quick View

OT Products The Pencil Grip – the best grip we have found to promote correct pencil grasp. OT Ideas, Inc., 973-895-3622, or Pocket Full of Therapy, 1-800-736-8124. Stetro Grip – a smaller grip that also promotes correct pencil grasp. Pocket Full of Therapy, 1-800-736-8124. Cylindrical Foam – should be cut to fit the purpose of its use (i.e., one inch for writing utensils, four inches f...

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Occupational Therapists Quick View

Helpful Links Frequently Asked Questions Teacher Tips Parent Points Occupational Therapists Debora Whittington debora.whittington.pisd.edu Team Leader 469-752-8710 Ericka Daniels ericka.daniels@pisd.edu 469-752-8716 LouAnn Hintz Lou.Hintz @pisd.edu 469-752-8709 Christina Leon Christina.Leon@pisd.edu 469-752-8720 Pamela Long Pamela.Long@pisd.edu 469-752-8715 Linda Sweeney linda.sweeney...

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Physical Therapy Quick View

Physical Therapy Physical Therapy means services provided by a licensed physical therapist. In the educational setting, Physical Therapy is a related service. Related services are support services for special education and are not instructional services. They are those services necessary for the student to make progress toward the identified instructional goals. Related services may include...

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Related Services Quick View

Related Services Physical Therapy Occupational Therapy Music Therapy Adaptive Physical Education Assistive Technology Special Education Counseling Services Instructional Support Services Licensed Specialists in School Psychology team (LSSP) Audiology In-Home, Community Based / Parent and Family Training