Office of Special Education Services 2014-2015 Year in Review #OffTheCharts

Join the HISD Special Education Team in celebrating many accomplishments over the past school year. Each of you has made these outcomes possible. While we all acknowledge growth is still needed in order to continually improve, take a moment and reflect on the team’s awesome accomplishment for this school year and direction for next school year!

  • Inclusive placements for students with disabilities age six to eleven are at a historic high (2012: 33.6% to 2015: 67.5%)
  • 200% increase in three to five year old inclusive placements (2012: 6.7% to 2015: 17%)
  • Continued increase in inclusive placements for students with disabilities at the secondary level (2012: 49% to 2015: 62.8%)
  • The Elementary division increased the number of Explore settings (i.e., Inclusive settings for three to five year olds) from eleven to eighteen campuses. Another ten elementary campuses will implement the program next year!
  • Overrepresentation of African American students in Special Education has decreased from 9.2% to 7.1%
  • 99% of initial evaluations for three year olds transitioning to HISD from Early Childhood Intervention agencies evaluation were completed on time (Over 600 students!)
  • Over 2,000 participants at the 3rd Annual HISD and Special Olympics Field Day
  • 97% of initial evaluations for students age three to twenty-one were completed on time! (Over 1,700 students)
  • Kurzweil 3000 software was universally made available to all students on all HISD campuses to assist in creating digital documents with text to speech support, visual aids, language scaffolds, and writing tools.
  • 96% of middle school campuses were trained to implement Kurzweill 3000 software
  • Out of twenty-two students in the HISD & Houston Community College Transition Program: Thirteen students employed, six accepted into VAST Academy, two accepted into HEART, two will start training program with DARS this summer, and all twenty-two have initiated contact with DARS!
  • The HISD/HEART. Program, 18+ Transition program will begin for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • HISD will begin next school year with the state’s only teacher for students that are deaf/blind
  • Impressive turnout for the Autism Support Group meetings for Parents
  • Over 500 SLC classroom visits this year by the Autism Itinerant Teachers
  • Autism 101 trainings delivered to over twenty campuses

The team’s hard work and focus will continue this summer by offering a Special Education Evaluation Institute from June 8 – 11, featuring training on dyslexia identification, implementation of Cross-battery-3, and new assessment instruments.

The 2nd Annual HISD Special Education Conference theme this year is Supporting Positive Behavioral and Social-Emotional Learning of All students in a Rigorous Instructional Environment and will be offered from July 21 – 23. Sign up now! Read more here.

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Better Hearing and Speech Month #FREE_MATERIALS_DAILY

Celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) by building your speech and language therapy material repertoire! HISD Office of Special Education Services will post speech and language therapy materials made “Free” daily during the month of May! (Free materials provided by Lessonpix.com.)

May 4 Sight Word Bingo

May 5 SL3 Category Game

May 6 Are these Peas (Targets initial /l/)?

May 7 Treasure Hunt Cards (Vocabulary)

May 8 How are they acting (Social Skills)

May 11 Sh/Cv/

May 12 TallyCards/Social Skills

May 13 Give Me 5/Rules

May 18 Medial /S/

May 19 Idiom Playing Cards

May 20 /S/ Blends

May 21 Alternative and Augmentative Communication

May 26 Action Bingo

May 27 /ST/ Initial Game Board

 

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Better Hearing and Speech Month #FREE_MATERIALS_DAILY

Celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) by building your speech and language therapy material repertoire! HISD Office of Special Education Services will post speech and language therapy materials made “Free” daily during the month of May! (Free materials provided by Lessonpix.com.)

May 4 Sight Word Bingo

May 5 SL3 Category Game

May 6 Are these Peas (Targets initial /l/)?

May 7 Treasure Hunt Cards (Vocabulary)

May 8 How are they acting (Social Skills)

May 11 Sh/Cv/

May 12 TallyCards/Social Skills

May 13 Give Me 5/Rules

May 18 Medial /S/

May 19 Idiom Playing Cards

May 20 /S/ Blends

May 21 Alternative and Augmentative Communication

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Better Hearing and Speech Month #FREE_MATERIALS_DAILY

Celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) by building your speech and language therapy material repertoire! HISD Office of Special Education Services will post speech and language therapy materials made “Free” daily during the month of May! (Free materials provided by Lessonpix.com.)

May 4 Sight Word Bingo

May 5 SL3 Category Game

May 6 Are these Peas (Targets initial /l/)?

May 7 Treasure Hunt Cards (Vocabulary)

May 8 How are they acting (Social Skills)

May 11 Sh/Cv/

May 12 TallyCards/Social Skills

May 13 Give Me 5/Rules

May 18 Medial /S/

May 19 Idiom Playing Cards

 

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Diagnostician urges others to take advantage of free hearing screenings

Each year, as a part of Better Speech and Hearing Month, the audiologists at T.H. Rogers offer all HISD employees a free hearing screening during the month of May.

Last year, Kate Tipton took advantage of that opportunity—and she received free hearing aids from the State of Texas as a result.  Read more here…

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Better Hearing and Speech Month #FREE_MATERIALS_DAILY

Celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) by building your speech and language therapy material repertoire! HISD Office of Special Education Services will post speech and language therapy materials made “Free” daily during the month of May! (Free materials provided by Lessonpix.com.)

May 4 Sight Word Bingo

May 5 SL3 Category Game

May 6 Are these Peas (Targets initial /l/)?

May 7 Treasure Hunt Cards (Vocabulary)

May 8 How are they acting (Social Skills)

May 11 Sh/Cv/

May 12 TallyCards/Social Skills

May 13 Give Me 5/Rules

May  18 Medial /S/

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Better Hearing and Speech Month #FREE_MATERIALS_DAILY

Celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) by building your speech and language therapy material repertoire! HISD Office of Special Education Services will post speech and language therapy materials made “Free” daily during the month of May! (Free materials provided by Lessonpix.com.)

May 4 Sight Word Bingo

May 5 SL3 Category Game

May 6 Are these Peas (Targets initial /l/)?

May 7 Treasure Hunt Cards (Vocabulary)

May 8 How are they acting (Social Skills)

May 11 Sh/Cv/

May 12 TallyCards/Social Skills

May 13 Give Me 5/Rules

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Better Hearing and Speech Month #FREE_MATERIALS_DAILY

Celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) by building your speech and language therapy material repertoire! HISD Office of Special Education Services will post speech and language therapy materials made “Free” daily during the month of May! (Free materials provided by Lessonpix.com.)

May 4 Sight Word Bingo

May 5 SL3 Category Game

May 6 Are these Peas (Targets initial /l/)?

May 7 Treasure Hunt Cards (Vocabulary)

May 8 How are they acting (Social Skills)

May 11 Sh/Cv/

May 12 TallyCards/Social Skills

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Spring LSSP Meeting

Anise Flowers with Pearson presented and facilitated discussion on the NEPSY II,  a developmental neuropsychological assessment at the spring LSSP meeting today in HISD.  The NEPSY II will assist licensed specialists in school psychology (LSSP) in assessing executive functioning skills, attention and other behavioral areas.  The NEPSY II can be paired with the DREF also introduced this year in HISD when a thorough evaluation of executive functioning skills is needed.

Other topics included the use of HISD Exemplar Videos when conducting school wide professional development on topics related to student behavior.  Click to view the videos below.

Woodson K-8 Video

Sterling High School Video

Key questions were also posed to define “Educational Need” when determining Special Education eligibility.  The following guidance was given.

  • Educational need is not strictly limited to academics but also includes behavioral progress and the acquisition of appropriate social skills as well as academic achievement.
  • While the achievement of passing marks and the advancement from grade to grade is important in determining educational need it is but one factor in the analysis.
  • The decision of whether a student who is advancing from grade to grade is in need of special education must be determined on an individual basis.

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BHSM Month and National Stuttering Awareness Week

Celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) by building your speech and language therapy material repertoire! HISD Office of Special Education Services will post speech and language therapy materials made “Free” daily during the month of May! (Free materials provided by Lessonpix.com.)

May 4 Sight Word Bingo

May 5 SL3 Category Game

May 6 Are these Peas (Targets initial /l/)?

May 7 Treasure Hunt Cards (Vocabulary)

May 8 How are they acting (Social Skills)

May 11 Sh/Cv/

May 12 Letter H

Stuttering affects the fluency of speech. It begins during childhood and, in some cases, lasts throughout life. The disorder is characterized by disruptions in the production of speech sounds, also called “disfluencies.” Most people produce brief disfluencies from time to time. For instance, some words are repeated and others are preceded by “um” or “uh.” Disfluencies are not necessarily a problem; however, they can impede communication when a person produces too many of them.  Click below to read more…

National Stuttering Awareness Week

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