Speaking: Jamie Tome, M.S., CCC-SLP
In effort to help school districts provide the appropriate level of FAPE for students, special educators and related service providers must be savvy in their approach to determine student need. This session will review the two prong approach to eligibility of special education services under IDEA. There will be an emphasis on considerations when giving assessments in the virtual setting, when using a barrier such as a plexiglass “wall”, when wearing different types of face coverings, and when doing observations in classrooms. The session will also discuss the need (or lack of) for formal assessment as a component of the evaluation and highlight other parts of the battery needed to ensure a comprehensive evaluation takes place. The session concludes with a look at how related service providers can use the multi-tiered system of support as a tool to provide intervention, collect data, and determine need.