Evergreen Special Services

...A Service Not a Place

Serving

Evergreen School District # 50
Helena Flats School District # 15

A letter from the Director  of Special Services:

Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members.

We are fortunate to live in a country where all people are granted the right to access their community through constitutional guarantees. In an educational settings, such as public schools, the right to participate in education includes opportunities to access the school's physical environment, access to curriculum and content, access to instruction, and access to opportunities to participate in school related activities. These rights have been defined and clarified in our nation's courts and legislative bodies through various laws and regulations at both and the federal and state levels.

We work hard in Evergreen School District #50 and with our affiliated partner schools and districts to ensure that students experience a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment. We want to work with all the stakeholders and members of an individual child's family or team to ensure that, given necessary instruction, related services, supplemental aides and services, and reasonable accommodations, all students have the opportunity to learn and grow.

Each student is a unique individual and many have needs. If you believe your child has exceptional needs that result in an educational disability or a condition that significantly impacts your child's ability to access education and demonstrate learning, please don't hesitate to contact this office. Your child may be entitled to services to address his or her's needs through the Individuals with Disability Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, or the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Sincerely,

Mary Meehan


Contact Our Staff

Evergreen Special Services
18 W. Evergreen Drive Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 751-1113 ext 3
FAX (406) 751-1115

Special Services Director:
Ms. Mary Meehan

Administrative Assistant:
Mrs. Pam Renfro

School Psychologist:
Mrs. Melissa Fahrney

Speech Language Pathologist:
Mrs. Rebecca Slater

Speech Langauge Pathologist:
Ms. Lacey Kvam


LINK TO: Preschool/Early Kindergarten Program

School Psychologist

School Psychologist
Ms. Melissa Fahrney

Who Are School Psychologists?

School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school. School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education. They must complete a minimum of a post-Master’s degree program that includes a year-long internship and emphasizes preparation in mental health, child development, school organization, learning styles and processes, behavior, motivation, and effective teaching. School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work. They also may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB).

What School Psychologists Do . . .

School psychologists work to find the best solution for each student and situation and use different strategies to address student needs and to improve school and district-wide support systems. School psychologists work with students individually and in groups. They also develop programs to train teachers and parents regarding effective teaching and learning strategies, effective techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom, working with students with disabilities or with special talents, abuse of drugs and other substances, and preventing and managing crises. In addition, most school psychologists provide the following services.

Consultation

  • Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems.
  • Help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior.
  • Strengthen working relationships between teachers, parents, and service providers in the community.

Evaluation

  • Evaluate eligibility for special services.
  • Assess academic skills and aptitude for learning.
  • Determine social-emotional development and mental health status.
  • Evaluate learning environments.

Intervention

  • Provide psychological counseling to help resolve interpersonal or family problems that interfere with school performance.
  • Work directly with children and their families to help resolve problems in adjustment and learning.
  • Provide training in social skills and anger management.
  • Help families and schools manage crises, such as death, illness, or community trauma.

Prevention

  • Design programs for children at risk of failing at school.
  • Promote tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity within the school community.
  • Develop programs to make schools safer and more effective learning environments.
  • Collaborate with school staff and community agencies to provide services directed at improving psychological and physical health.
  • Develop partnerships with parents and teachers to promote healthy school environments.

Research and Planning

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of academic and behavior management programs.
  • Identify and implement programs and strategies to improve schools.
  • Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions.

Growing Up Is Not Easy

All children and adolescents face problems from time to time. They may:

  • Feel afraid to go to school
  • Have difficulty organizing their time efficiently
  • Lack effective study skills
  • Fall behind in their school work
  • Lack self-discipline
  • Worry about family matters such as divorce and death
  • Feel depressed or anxious
  • Experiment with drugs and alcohol
  • Think about suicide 
  • Face difficult situations, such as applying to college, getting a job, or quitting school
  • Question their aptitudes and abilities

School psychologists help children, parents, teachers, and members of the community understand and resolve these concerns.


Speech-Language Therapy Program
Evergreen Elementary School

The speech-language therapy program at Evergreen Elementary School provides services from age three through eighth grade.  Services include:

  • Consultation with parents and staff
  • Extensive screening opportunities for preschool students
  • Guidance and recommendations for general education and family interventions
  • Assistance in the referral process
  • Evaluation of referred students
  • Direct speech-language therapy for students who qualify for services
  • Teaming with classroom and resource room teachers along with parents
  • Consultation with outside service providers

The program is staffed by speech-language pathologists licensed by the State of Montana. The therapists have master’s degrees in the field of communication disorders and maintain national certification from the American Speech-Hearing Association.

Speech/language programs are designed for individual students following an evaluation of their communication needs. Referrals for evaluation may be initiated by teachers or parents.


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