Student Services/Special Education

Student Services focus on students from preschool through age 21 challenged by physical, mental and/or emotional disabilities. Student services supervisors coordinate service delivery with district administrators, supervise and evaluate staff, and offer professional development programs. Certificated professional staff consults with district staff, provides direct instructional programming and delivers a wide variety of supplemental services (e.g. OT, PT, and APE).  Services are delivered in either one-on-one, small group or classroom settings.


Contact Us:

Brenda Gift, Director
Student Services & Special Programs
Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West
2275 Collingwood Boulevard
Toledo OH 43620
Telephone: 419.246-3120
Email: bgift@esclakeeriewest.org

 

The Alternate Learning Center (ALC) is a public school separate facility educational program for K-12 students with severe learning, behavioral, and mental health needs. The ALC school program combines the academic preparation needed to make a successful transition back to the home school, as well as the emotional support required to maintain appropriate behaviors throughout the school day.

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Contact us:

Ms. Brittani Paszko, Director
Alternate Learning Center
3939 Wrenwood
Toledo OH 43623
Telephone: 419.473.3442
Fax: 419.473.3445
Email: bpaszko@esclakeeriewest.org

Adapted Physical Education (APE) is physical education which may be adapted or modified to address the individualized needs of children who have gross motor developmental delays. The physical education curriculum and/or instruction has been adapted or modified to address the individualized abilities of each child. Adaptations are made to ensure that each student will experience success in a safe environment. The APE teacher is a consultative and direct service provider, not a related service provider, because special physical education is a federally mandated component of special education services [U.S.C.A. 1402 (25)].

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For more information:

Brenda Gift, Director
Student Services & Special Programs

Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West
2275 Collingwood Boulevard
Toledo OH 43620
Telephone: 419.246.3120
bgift@esclakeeriewest.org

Occupational therapists are part of the education team within a school district. They support and develop interventions plans for identified students in the areas of sensory processing, fine motor skills, prewriting and visual motor skills that support their academic learning. Another role of the occupational therapist is to assist students to participate in desired daily life activities and curricular activities and routines. This may include participation in curricular learning and behavior by focusing on adaptive or assistive technology or adaptations on routines in daily living and life skills that makes school accessible based upon each child’s individual needs.

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For more information about Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West Occupational Therapy Services please contact:

Brenda Gift, Director
Student Services & Special Programs
Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West
2275 Collingwood Boulevard
Toledo OH 43620
Telephone: 419.246.3120
Email: bgift@esclakeeriewest.org

Physical therapists are part of the educational team within a school district. In collaboration with team members, physical therapists develop and implement goals and objectives for identified students. Goals focus on navigating the school environment, (mobility/transitioning around the school building), functional sitting/positioning in the classroom, safe accessibility of & participation in school activities, activities of daily living (such as toileting), and identifying appropriate adapted equipment. A physician’s prescription is required to obtain physical therapy services in the educational setting.

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For more information about Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West Physical Therapy Services please contact:

Brenda Gift, Director
Student Services & Special Programs
Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West
2275 Collingwood Boulevard
Toledo OH 43620
Telephone: 419.246.3120
Email: bgift@esclakeeriewest.org

The Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West provides school-based speech therapy services to local school districts. Speech therapists work with children who have communication problems that adversely affect their education performance in classroom activities, social interaction, literacy and learning. In the school setting speech and language therapists assist in prevention, identification, assessment, evaluation, direct therapy, consultation and monitoring of speech and language disorders. Speech and language disorders in the school may stand alone as the only disorder or may be associated with hearing loss, cleft palate, cerebral palsy and other motor problems, autism, developmental delays, traumatic brain injuries and other problems. Many speech/language goals combine communication with academic and social goals, integrate classroom objectives, help students understand and use basic language concepts, support reading and writing and increase students’ understanding of texts and lessons.

In the school setting speech and language therapists are specialists in the areas of language, voice, fluency or stuttering, augmentative communication and articulation. The most common areas of therapy in the school setting are articulation and language. An articulation disorder involves substituting one sound for another (wabbit/rabbit), omitting a sound (i-cream/ice cream) or distorting a sound (thee/see). A language disability is defined as: slow development of vocabulary, concepts or grammar; inability to use different communication styles for different situations; and poor building blocks of understanding/expressing ideas, social development, learning, reading and writing. Voice and fluency disorders are complex issues that must affect the child’s ability to communicate in order to receive services in the school setting.

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For more information about Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West Speech and Language Therapy services, please contact:

Brenda Gift, Director
Student Services and Special Programs
Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West
2275 Collingwood Boulevard
Toledo OH 43620
Telephone: 419.246.3120
bgift@esclakeeriewest.org

School psychologists are an important part of the educational team in any school district. School Psychologists perform many varied and necessary duties to promote educationally and psychologically healthy environments for all children and youth. School psychologist consult with educators to devise instructional and classroom management strategies for helping children succeed in school. They provide psycho-educational evaluations of children that may include assessing ability, achievement, learning styles and social and emotional status. School psychologists consult with parents, teachers, administrators and outside agencies' personnel to assist with designing individualized education programs to help insure that a proper continuation of services is available for the special need student.

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Contact Us

Thomas Naveaux, Student Services Supervisor
Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West
2275 Collingwood Boulevard
Toledo OH 43620
Telephone: 419.246.3114
Fax: 419.246.3119
Email: tnaveaux@esclakeeriewest.org

Creating the right conditions for learning allows all students to learn. Getting the conditions right is the main goal for the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. We provide educational interpreters, teachers of the deaf, and audiologists to school districts within the Lucas County and surrounding areas.

Our program is designed to meet the individual needs of the deaf and hard of hearing student within their language mode of American Sign Language (ASL), Transliterating, or Pidgin Sign English (PSE). Our licensed Educational Interpreter staff allows each student access to participate, feel included, be involved, and integrated into a general education classroom setting.

Our Teachers of the Deaf collaborate with the IEP team members to create a least restrictive environment for the hearing impaired student(s). This includes regular consultation with the team members and students. Direct and/or indirect services are provided based on individual needs. 

Along with the Educational team, the Teachers of the Deaf, the Audiologists, and the Educational Interpreters are an integral part of the Multi-Factored Evaluation (MFE) and Individual Education Plan (IEP) team.

Visit http://www.aslpro.com to learn more about sign language.

Ohio Department of Education Deaf and Hearing Impaired Resources

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Contact Us

Thomas Naveaux, Student Services Supervisor
Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West
2275 Collingwood Boulevard
Toledo OH 43620
Telephone: 419.246.3114
Fax: 419.246.3119
Email: tnaveaux@esclakeeriewest.org

Teachers of the Deaf (SSTC)                                 

Cindy Brossia
Email: cbrossia@esclakeeriewest.org

Amy Figliomeni
Email: afigliomeni@esclakeeriewest.org

Our Audiologists provide hearing tests and evaluations for our hearing impaired students, recommend and maintain FM equipment, and readily share their expertise on classroom sound field amplification systems.

Along with the Educational team, the Teachers of the Deaf, the Audiologists, and the Educational Interpreters are an integral part of the Multi-Factored Evaluation (MFE) and Individual Education Plan (IEP) team.

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Contact Us

Thomas Naveaux, Student Services Supervisor
Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West
2275 Collingwood Boulevard
Toledo OH 43620
Telephone: 419.246.3114
Fax: 419.246.3119
Email: tnaveaux@esclakeeriewest.org

Audiologists

Dan Riley
419.720.1287
Email: driley@esclakeeriewest.org

Allison Neidert
419.720.1287
Email: aneidert@esclakeeriewest.org

 

Students with low vision or blindness face unique challenges in the educational setting. Typically, much of the teaching is done through the medium of print (textbooks, worksheets, notes on the Smart Board), which puts students with vision impairments at a disadvantage. A teacher of students with vision impairments (TVI) provides a wide array of services designed to allow students with VI to learn alongside their sighted peers in the regular and/or special education classroom. These services include:

• instruction in Literary Braille and Nemeth Code (math code for Braille)
• creation or ordering of adapted/enlarged materials
• training in assistive technology
• development of independent living skills
• facilitating self-advocacy development
• assistance with social interaction
• supervision of Braille para-educators

Teachers of students with vision impairments comply with local, state, and federal legislation. They work with school districts’ evaluation teams in order to qualify students under State of Ohio guidelines. In addition, they assist with the development of Individual Education Plans. A TVI can provide direct or consultative services, depending on the needs of the student.

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Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West Teachers of the Visually Impaired:

Mary Dodds — mdodds@esclakeeriewest.org
Kristie Pollock — kpollock@esclakeriewest.org

 

Our program is designed to meet the individual needs of the deaf and hard of hearing student within their language mode of American Sign Language (ASL), Transliterating, or Pidgin Sign English (PSE). Our licensed Educational Interpreter staff allows each student access to participate, feel included, be involved, and integrated into a general education classroom setting.

Along with the Educational team, the Teachers of the Deaf, the Audiologists, and the Educational Interpreters are an integral part of the Multi-Factored Evaluation (MFE) and Individual Education Plan (IEP) team.

Click here for a schedule of our fees.

Contact Us

Thomas Naveaux, Student Services Supervisor
Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West
2275 Collingwood Boulevard
Toledo OH 43620
Telephone: 419.246.3114
Fax: 419.246.3119
Email: tnaveaux@esclakeeriewest.org

Cross Categorical Classrooms are operated in one local school district.  For more information, click here

The ESC of Lake Erie West offers a developmentally appropriate preschool program for young children who have delayed development, are “at-risk” for academic difficulties, or are “typically” developing.”  For more information about the program, click here.

Contact

Paige Paneff, Early Childhood Supervisor
Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West
2275 Collingwood Boulevard
Toledo OH 43620
Telephone: 419.246.3131
Email:ppaneff@esclakeeriewest.org

A Parent Mentor is the parent of a child with a disability who is available to help parents of a child suspected of or diagnosed with a disability. The Parent Mentor provides training, support, and information services to help families and educators communicate effectively to ensure that students with disabilities receive a meaningful and appropriate education.

Services provided by the Parent Mentor include guiding families through the special education process, attending meetings with families to offer support, and helping to build collaborative partnerships between families and schools. Our parent education program also provides a lending library with resources for families to borrow on a variety of topics related to disabilities and special education. All services are provided to families free of charge.

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Contact

Wendy Smenner, Parent Mentor
Telephone: 419.214.3066
Email: wsmenner@esclakeeriewest.org

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