Special Programs & Services News
Message from the Team:
Hello families! March is a great time to think through transition for your child. Our team provides many resources for families and our campuses to support in these important discussions. The goal for transition for our students is to capitalize on the collaboration between the student, family and staff to guide not only academics, but also develop additional skills that are important for a student’s plan for a meaningful future. We are very passionate about including student voice in their ARD and 504 meetings...what better way than to have them share about their hopes and dreams for their future? I encourage you to review information from our recent parent education night about student involvement in their meeting. Also, on our transition website you will find information on the path to graduation, post-secondary life, self-determination skills and 18+ services. I hope you find these resources beneficial as we partner to support each student!
Executive Director of Special Programs and Services
In This Issue
Mark Your Calendars!
Tuesday, March 8th - Down Syndrome Family Support Group
Wednesday, March 23rd - Parent Workshop Night
Wednesday, March 30th - Autism Parent Training
Friday, April 1st - Coffee Chat
Wednesday, April 6th - AAC Family Chat
You are now able to see past and upcoming parent night presentations on LISD Special Programs Webpage under the Leander Parent Support Meetings Tab!
Preparing for Post-Secondary Education
For many of our students, graduation is right around the corner! Is your student interested in pursuing post-secondary education? Are you worried about the financial stress? How is your child going to access their accommodations? Here are some resources that can aid in your preparation for your child's postsecondary education:
Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing a FAFSA can lead to specific grants based on their eligibility.
If you have specific colleges in mind, reach out to their Office of Disability Services to learn what grants/scholarships their offices have available.
Self-Determination Skill of the Month
March’s Self-Determination Skill of the Month is Knowledge of Self. This skill focuses on a person knowing about him or herself and applying that awareness to make effective choices. During January’s Parent Education Event on Student Involvement in Their Meetings, we highlighted the benefits of student’s being aware of their disability. Having these conversations frequently can help your child become more confident in discussing their strengths, preferences, and needs.
A few of our families recommended some great tools to help you and your child understand their disability. Here are some of the recommendations:
Sadness is at Your Door by Eva Eland
Poppy and the Overactive Amygdala by Holly Rae Provan
Mrs. Gorski I Think I Have the Wiggle Gidgets by Barbara Esham
Texas Educational Diagnosticians’ Week March 7-11, 2022
Leander ISD salutes our outstanding Educational Diagnosticians during Texas Educational Diagnosticians’ Week! Educational Diagnosticians work closely with educators, administrators and parents to ensure that students are evaluated, identified and provided with an appropriate and challenging individualized educational plan. They are a backbone of our evaluation team of SLPs, LSSPs, OTs and PTs and are often the ones responsible for pulling the pieces of a comprehensive evaluation together in order to help support thorough recommendations.
Educational Diagnosticians undergo specialized training to use academic and psychological tests to isolate factors that could enhance students’ performance in the classroom. These professionals help provide the next generation of leaders with the knowledge and skills that are the building blocks of lifelong excellence by developing and recommending teaching strategies and materials.
Currently, our evaluation team consists of 21 Educational Diagnosticians. To date, the total number of students receiving special education services in Leander ISD is 5,860. An evaluation team member was involved with the initiation of services as well as the continuation of services for these identified students. Thank you to these wonderful staff members who work hard every day to help our students!