Communications

Communication Program (Pre-K)The communication program is an intensive special education program for students whose speech and expressive language deficits are the primary reason they struggle in the educational setting.  The program uses evidence based practices and a total communication approach which means the students are encouraged to use a combination of oral language, speech generating devices, sign language, picture symbols, gestures, and other assistive technology devices when communicating.  Students in this program are taught by a special educator with support from a speech-language pathologist and teacher assistant(s).  Services are provided in a Community Peer Pre-K l Program.  The goal of the communication program is to increase proficiency and efficiency in their mode(s) of communication that will allow each student to achieve success.  Once a functional mode(s) of communication is established and competence is achieved, the IEP team will meet to discuss when the most appropriate time to transition back to the home school or option school per the application/lottery process. In the case of a pre-k student who is returning before kindergarten, placement may be in the nearest available school with capacity. LRE decisions are made by the student’s IEP team.

Communication Program (K-2 only)The communication program is an intensive special education program for students whose speech and expressive language deficits are the primary reason they struggle in the educational setting.  The program uses evidence based practices and a total communication approach which means the students are encouraged to use a combination of oral language, speech generating devices, sign language, picture symbols, gestures, and other assistive technology devices when communicating.  Students in this program are taught by a special educator with support from a speech-language pathologist and teacher assistant(s).  Services are provided in a self-contained special education setting with opportunities for inclusion.  The goal of the communication program is to increase proficiency and efficiency in their mode(s) of communication that will allow each student to achieve success.  Once a functional mode(s) of communication is established and competence is achieved, the IEP team will meet to discuss when the most appropriate time to transition back to the home school or option school per the application/lottery process. LRE decisions are made by the student’s IEP team.


Teachers

MIchael Lewis      Lynn Varshneya

Michael Lewis                       Lynn Varshneya

Teacher Assistants

Trinidad Coopman    Fargo     Debby Hart     Wilson     Joseph H.

Trinidad Coopman         Elaine Fargo                   Debby Hart                    Cassandra Wilson          Joe Hanna