Early Childhood Itinerant Services

Early Childhood special educators provide support services to children with disabilities in Head Start, home, preschool, childcare centers, or a district site.

Program Design

  • Implement IEP goals in designated settings
  • Consult with parents and program staff
  • Modify curriculum responsive to individual needs
  • Provide environmental modification
  • Develop behavior management and intervention strategies
  • Evaluate need for alternative communication methods
  • Develop multi-sensory activities and materials
  • Utilize specialized approaches for children with PDD/autism spectrum disorder
  • Coordinate transition planning with district personnel and families
  • Provide ongoing assessment and data collection of the student’s development
  • Collaborate with therapists working with the student
  • Develop individual interventions for home and school settings
  • Network with families and staff to secure additional resources available in the community
  • Responsive to developing a relationship with the family
  • Liaison for the district to the family or other service providers
  • Development and sharing of various materials designed to support the students’ needs
  • Participation in initial district team and IEP meeting

Contact

Stacie McMahon, Supervisor
513.674.4587
stacie.mcmahon@hcesc.org

Sandy Crowell, Supervisor
513.674.4231
sandy.crowell@hcesc.org

Early Childhood Comprehensive Consultation and Professional Development

We can provide comprehensive consultation to district administrators and staff regarding all aspects of Early Childhood. Professional development is offered around state and national initiatives, standards, curriculum development, and implementation. We help strengthen district early childhood service delivery by providing access to the latest information and resources.

Responsive Consultation

  • Programming/service delivery
  • Policies and procedures
  • Federal and state updates
  • Assessment procedures
  • State licensing requirements
  • Early Childhood initiatives
  • EMIS reporting
  • Step Up To Quality (SUTQ)

Quality Professional Development

  • Networking opportunities
  • State and national initiatives
  • Focus groups
  • Ohio Pre-K Common Core
  • Early literacy initiatives
  • Curriculum development

Contact

Nancy Struewing
513.674.4323
nancy.struewing@hcesc.org

Early Childhood Half-Day Programs

A trans-disciplinary team approach

A trans-disciplinary team approach provides high quality programming and services all designed to meet the needs of the whole child. In all our service areas, the focus is on meeting the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs of each child.

  • Exemplary integrated programming
  • Experienced Early Childhood special educators
  • Medical needs and records monitored by program nurse
  • Vision and hearing screening
  • Psychological services, direct and consultation with program
    and families
  • Speech and Language therapy provided for identified students
  • Content standard-driven curriculum
  • Occupational therapy provided for identified students
  • Integrated team approach 
  • Integrated therapy model
  • Comprehensive individualized educational program and implementation
  • Supervision of integrated services
  • Developmentally appropriate educational practices
  • Ongoing assessment and data collection of the student’s development
  • Augmentative and technology support
  • Utilizing latest trends in developmental strategies and interventions for children with a wide range of special needs
  • Curriculum modifications responsive to an individual child’s needs

Center-based early childhood program

Preschool special education services provided in a center-based early childhood setting. The program provides a comprehensive service delivery model for a preschooler with a disability whose LRE is an ECE setting.

  • Experienced Early Childhood special educators
  • Speech and Language therapy provided for identified students
  • Psychological services, direct and consultation, with program and families
  • Occupational therapy provided for identified students
  • Integrated team approach
  • Integrated therapy model
  • Comprehensive individualized educational program and implementation
  • Ongoing assessment and data collection of the student’s development
  • Progress reporting to parents
  • Developmentally appropriate educational practices
  • Curriculum modifications responsive to an individual child’s needs
  • Enrollment of peer models
  • Participation in initial district team and IEP meetings
  • Management of data collection and progress reporting to parents
  • Team commitment to meeting with district personnel and parents
  • Development and implementation of a transition plan with the district and families
  • Responsive to developing a partnership with families
  • Supervision of the program
  • Development of formalized behavior plan for students, as appropriate

Other specialized programs are available. Please see our program for children with intensive needs and our program for children with therapeutic needs.


Contact

Stacie McMahon
513.674.4587
stacie.mcmahon@hcesc.org

Sandy Crowell
513.674.4231
sandy.crowell@hcesc.org

Head Start

Head Start Program

The Head Start Federal Performance Standards reflect the highest expectations for comprehensive services to young children and families. Head Start partners with local school districts to serve their low income children.

  • 3-5 year old children in half-day sessions
  • Feeding of children during the session is provided through the CACFP
  • Comprehensive educational program that focuses on the whole child Research-based curriculum and assessment system aligned with Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards and Federal Head Start Framework
  • Ongoing assessment and data collection of child’s growth and development
  • Vision and hearing screenings
  • Developmental screenings
  • Physical and dental examinations and follow-up
  • Family engagement through home/school communications, conferences and home visits
  • Family partnership agreements with parents are developed
    to achieve family goals
  • Collaboration with community resources for medical, oral health, mental health and social services

Head Start and Early Childhood Special Education Collaborative Program

This collaborative program serves preschoolers with disabilities in a Head Start classroom. The classroom is designed and co-taught by the Head Start teacher and the Special Education Teacher. All children receive the comprehensive services provided by Head Start as well as the expertise of the EC Special Education Teacher and team.

  • Staffed with a Head Start teacher, an Early Childhood Special Education teacher, and a Head Start teacher assistant
  • Speech and Language services for identified children
  • Supervision of the program
  • Comprehensive education program focusing on the whole child
  • Serving preschool children with special needs in an integrated setting
  • Research-based curriculum and assessment system
  • Management of data collection and progress reporting to parents
  • Comprehensive individualized educational program and implementation
  • Curriculum modifications responsive to an individual child’s needs
  • Psychological services, direct and consultation, with program and families
  • Integrated team approach
  • Best practices for quality early childhood programming
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Head Start is a federally funded early childhood program designed to provide comprehensive services to young children and emphasizes parent engagement.

The program serves children and families who are most at risk in the community.


Contact

Kathy Tirey, Director
513.674.4203
kathy.tirey@hcesc.org

Early Childhood Half-Day Program – Therapeutic Needs

A trans-disciplinary team approach provides high quality programming and therapeutic interventions within a naturalistic early childhood environment for children with intensive needs in motor, communication, medical, and positioning.

This program is specifically designed for children needing high levels of modifications and adaptations to access early childhood curriculum.

Program Design

  • Experienced Early Childhood Intervention Specialist
  • Medical needs, records and health plans monitored by program nurse
  • Speech and Language therapy provided for identified students
  • Psychological services, direct and consultation, with program and families
  • Occupational therapy provided for identified students
  • Physical therapy provided for identified students
  • Integrated team approach
  • Integrated therapy model
  • Utilizing research-based practices in the development of strategies and interventions for children with intensive needs
  • Environment engineered to provide access and participation for physically challenged children
  • Augmentative and technology support for communication, movement and access
  • Wide variety of adaptive toys, equipment, activities and sensory based activities
  • Availability of positioning and seating equipment
  • Intensive therapeutic treatment by speech and language, occupational and physical therapists
  • Supervision for the program

Contact

Sandy Crowell, Supervisor
513.674.4231
sandy.crowell@hcesc.org

Stacie McMahon, Supervisor
513.674.4587
stacie.mcmahon@hcesc.org

Early Childhood Half-Day Program – Intensive Needs

Early Childhood special education services are provided in a separate early childhood classroom. The program provides services to a preschooler with a disability who has significant delays in the areas of communication, socialization and self-regulation.

A trans-disciplinary team approach provides high quality programming and therapeutic methods within a naturalistic early childhood environment for children with intensive social and communication needs. The interventions and modifications are embedded in the environmental design of the classroom to maximize effectiveness.

The program is specifically designed for children needing high level of continuity of service and environmental control.

Program Design

  • Experienced Early Childhood special educators
  • Intensive Speech and Language services
  • Psychological services, direct and consultation, with program and families
  • Occupational therapy services
  • Supervision of program
  • Integrated therapy model
  • Comprehensive individualized educational program and implementation
  • Ongoing assessment and data collection of the student’s development
  • Psychological services, direct and consultation, with program and families
  • Progress reporting to parents
  • Integrated sensory-motor approach
  • Modified curriculum and instruction
  • Utilization of specialized approaches for children with PDD/autism disorder
  • Participation in district team and IEP meetings
  • Partnering with private providers to maximize interventions
  • Development of formalized behavior plan for students as appropriate

Contact

Stacie McMahon, Supervisor
513.674.4587
stacie.mcmahon@hcesc.org

Sandy Crowell, Supervisor
513.674.4231
sandy.crowell@hcesc.org

TeleBlend Speech and Language Services

TeleBlend combines telepractice with periodic onsite visits, giving your students the benefits of both.

TeleBlend has been created for districts who have students identified as needing speech and language services and have difficulty finding a licensed and certified speech and language pathologist for full or part time positions. The SLP interacts with the students in real time via an internet connection. The SLP also makes periodic onsite visits to your school to provide direct therapy and to communicate with staff and parents. The SLP provides therapy and manages the identified caseload, conducts formal and informal assessments, attends parent teacher conferences, ETR/IEP meetings, and collaborates with the school team.

Research has documented the success of telepractice therapy to treat individuals with various speech and language disorders including articulation, autism, dysarthria, fluency, language, dysphagia, and voice disorders. Telepractice is approved by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.


Contact

Teresa Clevidence
513.674.4568
teresa.clevidence@hcesc.org

Bilingual SLP Services

To fulfill the commitment to supporting the learning of all students who are English Language Learners, a bilingual speech-language pathologist is available to provide assessment, treatment, consultation, and training to support dual language learners.

  • Speech-language assessment of English Language Learners with suspected disability
  • Speech-language consultation with teams regarding struggling ELL students
  • Staff training regarding second language acquisition, language difference vs. disorder, teaching strategies, etc.
  • Family consultations about speech-language development

Contact

Julie Hauck, Supervisor
513.674.4551
Julie.hauck@hcesc.org

Speech and Language Services

Direct, consultative, and evaluative services are available to children with communication disorders as they affect educational performance. Consultation and professional development are also provided to districts as needed.

ODE and Ohio Board licensed Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs)

  • Understand state and federal rules, regulations and standards that support research-based practices
  • Align speech and language competence to educational performance in the classroom through assessment and intervention
  • Collaborate with school personnel, parents, and agencies to develop interventions and to find appropriate resources
  • Provide full and/or part-time SLP services to schools
  • Are supervised for their Professional Experience Year if they are recent graduates and new employees. This supervision is required by the Ohio TeleBlend Speech & Language Services Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and national certification (ASHA CCCs)
  • Have access to professional resources, including the SLP Collaboration Website
  • Receive Word of Mouth newsletter
  • Receive professional development from local, state and national experts in the field of speech-language pathology. This professional development is required to maintain state ODE and state licensure. Hamilton County ESC is an American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)-approved continuing education provider.

Professional Development for district-hired SLPs

  • Word of Mouth newsletter
  • Access to professional resources including the Hamilton County ESC SLP Collaboration website and tests/materials loaning library
  • Professional development from local, state and national experts in the field of speech-language pathology. This professional development is required to maintain state ODE and state licensure. Hamilton County ESC is an American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) approved continuing education provider.

Contact

Julie Hauck, Supervisor
513.674.4551
julie.hauck@hcesc.org

School Health Services

At Hamilton County ESC we are committed to helping each district maximize health and wellness efforts for the benefit of students and staff. We employ a variety of health service personnel including Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), Registered Nurses (RN) and RNs with the ODE School Nurse license.

How we help your district

  • Providing direct health services to students
  • Conducting on-site consultation and assessment of current services
  • Providing guidance related to organization and maximizing efficiency

Packages may include

  • Licensed School Nurses
  • Registered Nurses
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Blended service model

Contact us to see how we can create a customized health services package specific to your district, according to your student needs and budget. Please see School Nursing Services for more detailed description of the direct services our nursing professionals can provide.


Contact

Brenda Hodge RN, MS, LSN
513.674.4310
brenda.hodge@hcesc.org

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