Department of Preschool Special Education
Suzanne Korngold, Director of Special Education
Ingrid Hunt, Preschool Teacher, Oconee Primary School
Gia Mataras, Preschool Teacher, Oconee Primary School
Michael Walshe, Preschool Teacher, High Shoals Elementary
Paula Bargfrede, Preschool Community Speech Pathologist
WHAT IS THE PRESCHOOL SPECIAL NEEDS PROGRAM?
The Preschool Special Needs Program is a federally mandated amendment to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which mandates a range of educational opportunities for preschool students with disabilities aged 3 through 5.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Any child ages three through five (preschool age) who is experiencing significant difficulties or delays in cognitive, communication, motor, social or adaptive development may be referred for service. Parents, preschool teachers, pediatricians, or other professionals may refer a child for developmental screening or assessment.
Oconee County School District offers free monthly screenings for children ages 3 to 5 (prior to entering kindergarten) to determine the need for early intervention support and services. Your child will be screened for hearing, vision, articulation, language, and developmental skills. Hearing screenings are offered the second Friday of every month and testing for cognitive, communication, motor and social or adaptive development is the second Friday of every month by appointment only. Call or email Paula Bargfrede at (706) 469-6655 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The screening will last approximately one hour, and parents must be present with their child at all times. The team will consist of special education personnel, an audiologist, and a speech-language pathologist.
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