Notes From the Supervisor

Department of Special Education

September 2019

Happy New SCHOOL Year!

Welcome Back! We are off to a great start!

We have missed all of our students this summer and are so excited to have

everyone back in the buildings.

Connecting With Your Case Manager

The Linwood School District Child Study Team Members will be supporting students in both buildings for this school year. Please don't ever hesitate to reach out to your child's case manager. Here is their contact information:

Mrs. Patricia Levinson- 609-926-6700 ext. 6713

Mrs. Mary Beth Atwood- 609-926-6700 ext. 6785

Ms. Elizabeth Provenzano-609-926-6700 ext. 6712

Community Resources

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HOT OFF THE PRESS: Updated Resource

This guide is a comprehensive resource identifying the various programs and services the Department of Human Services offers to New Jersey residents, caregivers and advocates. In this guide, a family can find out more information on how to apply for food, income and employment assistance, as well as health care and much more. A caregiver can get information on support programs and services to assist them in caring for their loved ones. In addition, individuals with disabilities and their families can get information on various services that include in-home supports, vocational rehabilitation, and education.

Check Out the New Jersey Department of Human Services 2019-2020 Resource Book

Get Fit Kids

Stockton is starting a program called Get FIT Kids. It is a cooking and exercise class for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ages 8-12. The first hour the kids will make a healthy snack and eat it together. The second hour they will engage in fun exercise. It is run by an occupational therapist and OT & PT graduate students will be assisting. It runs every Saturday from October 5-November 23. They will run it again next semester starting in February. It is held on Stockton's Galloway campus. There is no cost as it is a grant funded program. If parents are interested this program, here is the contact information:

Mary Kientz, OTD, MS, OTR
Associate Professor Occupational Therapy
Program Director
Stockton University

Student Support Parent Advisory Committee-SSPAC of Linwood

The Linwood School District has a Student Support Parent Advisory Committee(SSPAC). Each district board of education shall ensure that a special education parent advisory group is in place in the district to provide input to the district on issues concerning students with disabilities (N.J.A.C. 6A:14-1.2(h).

The SSPAC meets 4 times per year and our first meeting is October 29th, 2019 in the Belhaven Library, from 6-8pm. At this meeting, you will have the opportunity to meet members of the Special Education Department and gain an understanding of the special education programs offered in the Linwood School District. For more information please contact, Mrs. Melissa Duffy, SSPAC President at

You can also check out the newly created websitehere:

Click on the links below for great webinars from ADDitude magazine!

ADHD and Anxiety

Think about what a typical day for a child with ADHD could be like. He struggles to get to school on time and then realizes he left his homework on his bed. He can’t stay focused in class and is terrified he’ll be called on. He comes home to study for a test but doesn’t know where to begin. He turns on the TV and dreads what the next school day will bring.

Some of the challenges that come along with ADHD (also known as ADD) can make kids anxious. It can be hard to tell whether a child has ADHD or an anxiety disorder because there’s so much overlap in how they look in kids. It’s also not unusual for kids to have both an anxiety disorder and ADHD.

Here’s what you need to know about ADHD and anxiety—and what you can do to help your child.

Click here to read more!

Seaview School Loves SILAS!

This past school year, Seaview School was fortunate to be awarded a grant through the Linwood Education Foundation for SILAS Social Skill Software. Our students loved creating aviators to create a real time animated social skills video. We are excited to be able to bring SILAS back this school year to continue improving social skills for our students. Check out the video below to learn more!

Seaview School Sensory Paths are a Hit!

Seaview’s Sensory Motor Paths are up and running! This summer, we installed two paths – one in the kindergarten hallway, and one in the third grade hallway – for all our students to use and enjoy. These paths are a series of lines and pictures for children to move along. Our students are challenged to engage in whole body movements like walking toe to toe along a zigzag line, jumping from one spot to another, and pressing their hands and feet onto hand and footprints.

All of these actions encourage visual coordination with parts of the body (eye/hand or eye/foot) as well as the development of spatial and body awareness as they navigate through the different aspects of the path. They also provide an opportunity for proprioceptive (feedback to the skin, muscles and joints through weight bearing and pressure) and vestibular (movement forward/backward/around) sensory input. These activities can have a calming effect for some children and can also help some children to be more alert, with the end goal of having students return to the classroom in a better frame of mind to learn. Classes have already been rotating through to learn how to properly perform the movements associated with the paths, and our students have loved trying them (and wearing themselves) out!

Important Dates to Remember: Check the district website for more information.

September 30th- School Closed

October 9th-School Closed

October 7th-11th- Week of Respect

October 14th- School Closed for Students: Staff In-Service

October 21st-25th-Red Ribbon Week/School Safety Week

October 23rd- Parent University Night-Student Information System: OnCourse Training

October 29th- SSPAC Meet and Greet night with the Special Education Department

October 31st- Early Dismissal: Staff In-Service

Project Child Find

If you are a resident of Linwood and are the parent of a child between the ages of 3-14 who may have a disability, the Linwood School District’s Child Study Team can help. Special programs and professional guidance to assist children are offered free of charge through your local school district. For more information, please call the Linwood Child Study Team at 926-6709.

Stay tuned for more newsletters throughout the 19-20 school year!