The Patrick Henry Post
February 10th, 2023
Celebrating Special Education
This week's Patrick Henry Post has been taken over by our Special Education Department. Did you know at Patrick Henry we have permanent and part-time staff that cover an incredible number of student needs? We are so lucky to have a large staff of experts who address speech and language, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling, and learning disabilities. Take a look below at a few updates from our team members who serve at Patrick Henry!
From the Desk of Ms. Bailey and Ms. Zonnie
“I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I cannot accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan
This month is Black History month and our students are working on building their sentence writing muscles by journaling about Black History leaders and their contributions. The more we write, the more we are able to expand and explore new vocabulary words and enhance our ability to write simple and complex sentences.
Since the first of the year, our writing projects have included thank you notes, biographies, recipes, and book reports. Students have also used this writing opportunity as a “calm down” tool and wrote about friendships and family.
“Journaling is a journey” and we look forward to what the next day will bring.
Resources for Special Education
Resources for Current Families of Special Education
- Click here for Parent Support organizations that are free for families of children with a disability
- Click here for resources from the State of Missouri's Department of Education for families of children with a disability
- Click here to make sure you know your rights as a parent of a child with a disability
- Click here for a list of 50 websites full of resources for parents and families of children with a disability
Resources for Families Who Suspect Their Child Has a Disability
- Contact your child's teacher and discuss it with them - teachers see a lot in the classroom, and sometimes it is exactly the same at home, but sometimes it can be very different! Start with your child's teacher and see if your concerns are the same at school.
- Try extra resources at home like tutoring or special learning apps on their iPads and work with them one-on-one to see if you can make a difference in their learning progress. Our staff can help if you need guidance in this area!
- Request testing from the district. Making a verbal or written request is easy, and we will review our data to see if your child qualifies for testing for Special Education.
- Use an outside evaluator like UMSL, SLU, or WashU - all of these major hospital and research systems have evaluations for children with potential disabilities and they are free! Click here for People's Health Clinics, click here for UMSL's Center for Behavioral Health with assessments, Click here for St. Louis Children's Hospital resources for psychological assessment
- Talk to your child's doctor. Many disabilities are mental or physical health conditions, and getting a diagnosis from your doctor is necessary for a lot of Special Education processes.
- Reach out to the school team - Dr. Rogers (Principal - email@example.com) and Ms. Gregory (Counselor - firstname.lastname@example.org) handle all Special Education referrals and requests and can talk you through the process.