Special Education Department

Proud to Teach Amazing Kids

May 20, 2016 Volume 3 Issue 33

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Mark your Calendar


Better Speech and Hearing Month

Mental Health Month

5/20 Budget sheets due to special ed chairpersons

5/30 Memorial Day

6/7 Progress Reports should be completed by the end of the day

6/14 Last Day of School


USDE Issues Guidance on School Accomodations for Transgendered Students


We are always looking for teacher, nurse and paraprofessional substitutes. If you know anyone who is interested, please have that person call the personnel office at 476-6247.

Extended School Year (ESY)

If any of your students will be attending the ESY program, please remember to collect all items that they need to work on in the summer (including math workbooks) and any materials that you would otherwise be sending home or throwing away (i.e. crayons, pencils, graphic organizers, etc.). These items should be placed in a box and labeled "ESY- send to Hess CST office". Please send the boxes to the Hess CST office prior to leaving on the last day. Thank you!

May is Mental Health Month 2016

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Mental Health First Aid Tip of the Week

How to Communicate Effectively with Young People (cont.)

9. Provide positive feedback and look for and acknowledge the youth's strengths.

Young people are told constantly- by their parents or caregivers, their teachers, and the media- what they are doing wrong. Any positive feedback you provide can help make them more willing to communicate with you. Even something as simple as "I'm glad that you are willing to talk to me about this- it shows a great deal of maturity" can help. Identify the young person's strengths, for example, "Your are very organized to be holding down a job in addition to not missing a day of school."

-Youth Mental Health First Aid

To be continued...


Check out PBIS World for information on many types of behaviors and strategies to address them.

Learning Ally- Summer Reading

Strategies to Build Reading Stamina with Summer Ear Reading

"20 Minutes of Reading Per Day Could Help You Scoop Up 1,000,000 New Words"

Read the entire article at https://go.learningally.org/building-reading-stamina/

"Ready, Set, Read!"

Get your students and parents READY for summer reading by sharing this printable letter explaining how to access audiobooks at home. Find more inspiration and learn what is coming soon, including twenty prizes for top readers, at LearningAlly.org/Summer.

Straight from the Code

In an effort to provide both general and special education teachers with more knowledge of special education, there will be an excerpt from the code each week to help clarify our processes. If you would like to access the entire code, go to http://www.state.nj.us/education/code/current/title6a/chap14.pdf

14 Disabilities defined in the code:

1. Auditorily Impaired

2. Autistic

3. Intellectually Disabled

4. Communication Impaired

6A:14-3.5(c)4 "Communication impaired" corresponds to "communication handicapped" and means a language disorder in the areas of morphology, syntax, semantics and/or pragmatics/discourse which adversely affects a student's educational performance and is not due primarily to an auditory impairment. The problem shall be demonstrated through functional assessment of language in other than a testing situation and performance below 1.5 standard deviations, or the 10th percentile on at least two standardized language tests, where such tests are appropriate, one of which shall be a comprehensive test of both receptive and expressive language. When the area of suspected disability is language, assessment by a certified speech-language specialist and assessment to establish the educational impact are required. The speech-language specialist shall be considered a child study team member.

i. When it is determined that the student meets the eligibility criteria according to the definition in (c)4 above, but requires instruction by a speech-language specialist only, the student shall be classified as eligible for speech-language services.

ii. When the area of suspected disability is a disorder of articulation, voice or fluency, the student shall be evaluated according to N.J.A.C. 6A:14-3.4(g) and, if eligible, classified as eligible for speech-language services according to N.J.A.C. 6A:14-3.6(a).

5. Emotionally Disturbed

6. Multiply Disabled

7. Deaf/blindness

8. Orthopedically Disabled

9. Other Health Impaired

10. Preschool Child with a Disability

11. Social Maladjustment

12. Specific Learning Disability

13. Traumatic Brain Injury

14. Visually Impaired

Over the next few weeks, each of these terms will be described.

Professional Development

From the Department of Education

Student Services Snippets

Critical Information for ALL staff is contained in these short screencasts. They run from 4.5 to 8 minutes. Please refer to them as needed.

Accessing IEPs and 504 Plans


Learning Ally

Working with Paraprofessionals

Critical Information for Paraprofessionals

Filling Out Requisition Forms

If there is other information you feel it would be helpful for us to share via screencast, please let us know.