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SPECIAL EDUCATION Services

Adapted Physical Education

Adapted Physical Education is GREAT physical education tailored to the unique needs of EVERY learner.

Ann Griffin
Adapted Physical Education Consultant

319-399-6858


Adapted Physical Education


Alternate Assessment

The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires that all students with disabilities, even those with severe disabilities, participate in state and district assessment programs.Agency staff is available to answer questions regarding Alternate Assessment

Tina Hoffman
Regional Administrator

319-358-6254

Carla Green
Executive Assistant

319-399-6804


Alternate Assessment, Iowa Department of Education


Assistive Technology

Assistive technology enables children and youth with disabilities to participate more fully in all aspects of life and helps them to access their right to a "free, appropriate public education" (FAPE) in the "least restrictive environment" (LRE).

Stacy Behmer
Coordinator of Digital Learning Technology

319-399-6866

Julie Freed
Speech-Language Pathologist

319-399-6546


Assistive Technology website

AT Support Option


Autism

Members of Grant Wood AEA’s Autism Core Team provide a variety of services. These services include:  agency inservices, on-site inservices, team consultation, student observation, attend IEP meetings, functional analyses, educating peers about autism, and a variety of other services to help support individuals in the autism spectrum and the staff working with them.

 

If your child is between the ages of 0 to 5, call Erlene Spicer, Secretary, 319-399-6746.

Janel Lesan
Regional Administrator

319-399-6810

 

Grant Wood AEA Autism Core Team


Braille Too

Effective April 2009, the Braille Too Instructional Program has been discontinued and is no longer available.


Brain Injury Resource Team

A multi-disciplinary team will provide consultation and information to other AEA staff and local school teams who are working with students with traumatic brain injuries (head injuries).

Amy Cameron
Executive Assistant

319-399-6801


Career Connections

Career Connections provides students with disabilities the extra training and support needed to become independent and successful in community jobs.

Megan Burke-Brunscheen
Career Connections

319-399-6545

Career Connections website


Challenging Behavior Support Team

The Challenging Behavior Support Team collaborates with AEA and LEA teams for the purposes of assessing challenging behavior, developing effective intervention plans, providing the supports needed for school teams to implement individual plans effectively, and building capacity in the areas of assessment and intervention planning. 

Jill Weigel
Regional Administrator

319-399-6464

Challenging Behavior Support Team website


Consultant Services

Consultants with expertise in writing and implementing IEP's, modeling classroom strategies, teaching life skills and academic content for diverse learners and students with special needs, developing accommodations, adapted physical education, transition planning, managing student behaviors, facilitating planning, and knowing special education law are members of regional teams.

Jill Ries
Regional Administrator

319-399-6809


Early Childhood Special Education Services
Birth through Age 5

ECSE services are for children birth through age 5 and include evaluation and intervention services.

 

If your child is between the ages of 0 to 5, call Erlene Spicer, Secretary, 319-399-6746.

Jeannie Wade Nagle
Regional Administrator

319-399-6574


Hearing Services

Identification through testing, medical referrals and educational planning for students who are deaf or have hearing impairments. Services, recommendations and materials are provided by trained audiometrists, audiologists, and itinerant hearing teachers.

 

If your child is between the ages of 0 to 5, call Erlene Spicer, Secretary, 319-399-6746.

Shane Boeve
Regional Administrator

319-399-6550

Lisa Becker
Secretary

319-399-6757


Homebound-Hospital Instruction

Grant Wood AEA is no longer responsible for providing homebound instruction services. Responsibility has shifted to our school districts.If you should need assistance in this area, please contact your school district.

 

 

Occupational and Physical Therapy

Grant Wood AEA offers a variety of occupational and physical therapy services in an effort to enable every student to benefit from a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. Infants and toddlers are served in their natural environments. Services are focused on meeting the demands of the educational or natural environment and may occur at many levels. Therapists work closely with teachers, paraeducators, families, and caretakers to provide the maximum success for all students, ages birth through 21 years old.

 

If your child is between the ages of 0 to 5, call Erlene Spicer, Secretary, 319-399-6746.

Tracy Liebermann
Regional Administrator
(Physical Therapy)

319-358-6207

Shane Boeve
Josh Lyons
Regional Administrator
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(Occupational Therapy)

319-399-6550
319-399-6535


Off-Site Programs

Grant Wood AEA provides instructional programs for adolescents living in juvenile homes, shelters or special behavioral centers throughout Area 10.

Lisa Haverkamp
Regional Administrator

319-358-2109

Jill Weigel
Regional Administrator

319-399-6464

Elizabeth Steffensmeier
Secretary

319-399-6849


Parent-Educator Partnership (PEP)

The Grant Wood AEA Parent-Educator Partnership (PEP) links families and educators for better understanding and communication. As part of a statewide Parent-Educator network, the program provides a lending library of printed information, books and videos; a newsletter; workshops and consultation on communication and family issues; a speakers' bureau; and ongoing networking with support groups and parent-teacher organizations.

Sara Kane
PEP Parent Partner

319-399-6702

PEP website


Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Agency staff can provide training in the use of school-wide positive behavioral supports for prevention of behavioral issues and to enhance the learning environment.

Jill Weigel
Regional Administrator

319-399-6464


Records

Records for students in special education are kept in the agency's Central File.

Melissa Tandy
Facilitator

319-399-6806


Role of Special Education Support & Instructional Personnel


School Psychological Services

School psychologists provide consultation and assessment for students who have school-related learning, emotional, social, and behavioral problems. The emphasis is on intervention and remediation through the team approach.

 

If your child is between the ages of 0 to 5, call Erlene Spicer, Secretary, 319-399-6746.

Tracy Liebermann
Regional Administrator

319-358-6207

Sherry Sines
Professional Development Coordinator

319-399-6517


School Social Work

School social workers provide evaluation, counseling and consultation to students, parents and families to help solve social, emotional and behavioral problems that interfere with a student's education and development.

 

If your child is between the ages of 0 to 5, call Erlene Spicer, Secretary, 319-399-6746.

Tracy Liebermann
Regional Administrator

319-358-6207


Special Education Resources (includes forms)


Speech Services

Screening, evaluation, consultation and therapy for educationally significant problems that children have with language, voice, articulation, and stuttering.

 

If your child is between the ages of 0 to 5, call Erlene Spicer, Secretary, 319-399-6746.

Terri McGraw
Regional Administrator

319-399-6722


Transition Support Services

The Transition Support Services are for students, parents, teachers and school districts as they plan for students' transitions for living, learning and working. Planning will include movement from home to school, school to school, and to their post-school employment, education and living settings.

Melissa Tandy
Facilitator

319-399-6806

Megan Burke-Brunscheen
Special Education Consultant

319-399-6545

Su Groff-VanArendonk
Special Education Consultant

319-358-2100

Transition Support Services



VITAL Program

Held at Kirkwood Community College, the VITAL Program provides extended vocational training for students who require additional support beyond their high school program in order to meet the transition goals of their IEP. Support may include personal tutoring and counseling, test reading, tape-recorded textbooks, notetakers and job placement services.

Lisa Haverkamp
Regional Administrator

319-358-2109

Elizabeth Steffensmeier
Secretary

319-399-6849

 

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Grant Wood Area Education Agency extends equal opportunities in its employment practices, educational programs and services, and does not discriminate on the basis of color, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status or as otherwise prohibited by law. If you believe you or your child has been discriminated against or treated unjustly, please contact the Agency’s Equity Coordinator, Maria Cashman, at 319-399-6847 or 800-332-8488. Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

ADDRESS: 4401 Sixth Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
TELEPHONE: 319-399-6700 | 800-332-8488
Fax: 319-399-6457
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