Special Education Team
Lincoln Elementary School
Preschool - 5th grade
Special Education Team
Evaluation Team Chairperson (ETC) - Lisa R. Mendonca
Psychologist - Heather French
Special Education Social Worker - Laura Bateman
Speech Language Pathologist - (SLP) - Debra Janas
Occupational Therapist - (OT) - Lisa Taylor
Physical Therapist - (PT) - Barbara Stryker
Board Certified Behavioral Analyst - (BCBA) - Beth Nolan-Hack
Available Special Education Programs
Mission Statement: The mission of the Adjustment Program of Lowell Public Schools, in partnership with parents and the community, is to provide students with an array of supports that allow each individual to succeed within the school environment and generalize these skills across all settings, including their home and the community. The end goal is for students to reintegrate into the mainstream environment and become successful learners. The teacher/student relationship and the promotion of adult/student trust is a cornerstone of the program.
Through a rigorous and supportive educational program, we strive to motivate each student to develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically. We recognize that students need to have their social and emotional needs met in order to be ready to learn. We use positive behavior support as a means to encourage mutual respect and a safe learning environment.
Program Description: The Adjustment Program provides students with a structured, safe, and consistent environment that incorporates a therapeutic approach. Each classroom is staffed with a highly qualified teacher, providing students with rigorous academic instruction. Classroom supports include a full-time paraprofessional, Special Education Social Worker, and a Behavior Specialist. The program is also supported by the building based Special Education Team, which includes a School Psychologist and Evaluation Team Chairperson. In addition to academic support, students receive direct and explicit social skills instruction by a social worker and consultation from the Behavior Specialist. A behavior modification system is utilized in the classroom.
The foundation of our adjustment program is centered and grounded on procedures based upon the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Applied behavior analysis is the science of human behavior. ABA improves important behaviors. Important behaviors are behaviors that are of social significance, and that we target to change.
Program Components: The Program for Children with Autism (CSA program) is a full day, five-day a week program during the school year with extended year services available with the team's recommendation. Instruction takes place in a small, highly structured environment with integrated therapeutic instruction embedded within the curriculum with goals established through assessment and data collection to reflect the individual needs of students. The program offers a small staff to student ratio where students are taught using a combination of small group and individualized instruction. Related support services include Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational and Physical Therapy as recommended by the Educational Team. Related service providers, building based teams (social worker, psychologist, ETC), BCBAs, District Behavior Specialists and the Autism Support Specialist collaborate with classroom staff to support the development and integration of skills throughout the school day.
The District Autism Support Specialist and the BCBA/District Behavior Specialists consult to our programs, attend IEP meetings, provide home support, and consult with parents and outside providers, as needed. They provide on-going staff training and in class support through modeling and coaching techniques.
Home component services can be provided using a consultation or direct in home service method. Staff work collaboratively with families to determine which method of home component services will best meet the needs of the family and student to provide the greatest benefits.