Thanks for a great start to the 2014-2015 school year! There is quite a bit happening in our schools, so I hope you will take a moment to read this update, and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns.
Each district is required to have a child find process to inform the public and to identify children ages birth to 21 who may be eligible to receive special education services. For children ages birth to five (who are not attending a district preschool), screenings and evaluations are provided by a Specialized Assessment Team (SAT).
The Specialized Assessment Team is a district level team that provides quality, child focused evaluations for children birth-5 and supports building level teams for students in grades K-12.
Referrals come from a variety of sources including: families, community agencies, child care, preschools, medical providers, school personnel and others. SAT works collaboratively with community agencies and others to determine eligibility and assist in the development of IFSPs (Individualized Family Service Plans) for birth to 3 year olds and IEPs (Individualized Education Program) for 3-5 year olds.
For school age children (K-12) or children already attending a district preschool program, contact your school (teacher, Principal, or the special education Building Team Leader/BTL) if you are concerned that your child may have a disability or be eligible for special education services.
Also, within the SAT’s responsibilities are the educational identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse assessment as well as support of students, families, community members and SVVSD schools.
The team is comprised of school psychologists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, a school nurse, early childhood special education teachers and a K-12 bilingual special education teacher.