Support Service Personnel
The school psychologist provides assessment, diagnostic, and program assistance to the special education team. In addition, the school psychologist provides consultation with parents and teachers, crisis and interim counseling and guidance to identified students, and makes referrals and follows up with other community agencies which may provide services to students and families whose problems lie outside the scope of the school’s resources.
Speech and Language Therapist
The speech and language therapist screens referrals of students with language, speech and hearing problems, performs complete diagnostic evaluations of students for their particular handicap and needs, places students in appropriate programs and/or refers the students to other programs. The speech and language therapist actively participates in the development of student individualized education plans through a collaborative team process. The speech and language therapist also confers with parents, teachers and other specialists.
The resource specialist provides direct instruction to identified students and students who have similar educational needs. This instruction is supplementary to the instruction each student receives in the classroom. The resource specialist also consults with parents or guardians who have concerns regarding their child’s growth and development, consults with teachers and provides appropriate resource materials, develops and implements assessment plans, coordinates educational and psychological findings, develops and implements individualized education plans which meet the student needs and are compliant with district, county, state and federal laws and regulations in collaboration with parents, teachers and other staff. In addition, the resource specialist provides appropriate in service training to school staff per principal request.
The reading specialist, under the direction of the principal, performs a wide variety of specialized tasks including the leadership of the site’s language arts program. The reading specialist provides direct instruction to identified students and serves as a language arts coach/staff development specialist to other staff. The reading specialist also maintains records on identified students and assists in the compilation of pre- and post-test data for performance in language arts.
The literacy coach provides support to teachers in the areas of reading, language arts, and English language development through site-based staff development, lesson observation and direct instruction.
The neverstreaming teacher assists the resource specialist in providing direct instruction to identified students.
This instruction is supplementary to the instruction each student receives in the classroom. The neverstreaming teacher also consults with parents or guardians who have concerns regarding their child’s growth and development, consults with teachers and provides appropriate resource materials, develops and implements assessment plans, coordinates educational and psychological findings, develops and implements individualized education plans which meet the student needs and are compliant with district, county, state and federal laws and regulations in collaboration with parents, teachers and other staff.
Special Education Program Specialist
The Tulare County Office of Education provides program specialist time to support the delivery of an appropriate district, county, state and federally compliant educational program to individuals with exceptional needs. The program specialist consults, coordinates and plans programs, provides curricular resources, and assesses the effectiveness of the program for students with exceptional needs.
The at-risk counselor works with students and their parent/guardian to explain the academic and behavior records, their educational options, and progress needed for satisfactory completion of school. The at-risk counselor conferences with students and parent/guardian to communicate at-risk student progress, goals and objectives, and future options for the students to successfully transition to the next grade level.
The student counselor provides short-term, school based counseling services to students and families. Services include individual, group, and family counseling with the goal of promoting positive social and academic functioning. The student counselor also provides crisis intervention and referrals as needed.
Support Assistance Providers
The support assistance provider provides counseling services to students who have been referred for substance abuse education, anger management, smoking cessation, and individual sessions to address a number of issues which might include problem solving, conflict resolution, communication, stress management, and social skills. The support assistance provider also provides treatment assessment and intervention referrals as needed.
The special friend provides non-directive expressive play sessions that are designed to establish a positive, meaningful relationship with students to reduce school adjustment problems. The special friend helps students use creative play materials and games to enhance communication skills, build confidence and self-esteem through one-on-one interactions, and establish an atmosphere to encourage students to express their feelings and ideas. The special friend participates jointly with other school personnel in conferences concerning students, screenings, assessments, record keeping and reporting.
School-Based Probation Officer
The school-based probation officer provides prevention services to students who have a history of attendance and/or behavioral issues. Services commonly provided to students include: attendance support, peer and gang counseling, home visits, behavioral counseling, conflict resolution, and ongoing development of positive decision making and leadership. The school-based probation officer also provides additional campus supervision and serves as a community liaison with the Tulare County Probation Department and other local law enforcement agencies.