Special Education Team

  • McAvinnue Elementary School

    Preschool - 4th grade

    CSA Program

     

    Special Education Team 

     

    Evaluation Team Chairperson (ETC) -  Deena Meli

    Psychologist -  Sara Cappello

    Special Education Social Worker - Carolyn Kaulbach 

    Speech Language Therapist - (SLP) - Eileen Connolly 

    Speech Language Therapist - (SLP) - Nathalie Mitri

    Occupational Therapist - (OT) -  Tracy Villarroel

    Physical Therapist - (PT) - Barbara Stryker

    Board Certified Behavioral  Analyst - ( BCBA ) Daniel Davis

     

    Preschool CSA Teacher - Ana Irwin

    Primary CSA Teacher - Rebecca Evens

    Intermediate CSA Teacher - Antonia Pastor

Available Special Education Programs

  • CSA Program

     

    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.