• Our Commitment

    The Brocton Central School District is committed to a safe and supportive learning environment that strives to maximize educational opportunities for all students, faculty, staff and community members.  The Board of Education recognizes the individual differences in the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of the students attending school within the District and strives to nurture responsibility, creativity, energy, and open-mindedness to empower successful contributors to a global society.  The district is committed to the development and implementation of an appropriate education for students with disabilities.

     

    Special Education Department Personnel


    Director of Special Education

    CSE/CPSE Chairperson

    Melanie Ulinger

    716-792-2115 

    mulinger@broctoncsd.org

     

    Special Education Secretary    

    Jennifer Starcher

    716-792-2132 

                     jstarcher@broctoncsd.org

    School Psychologist

    Dr. Johanna vonKorff

    716-792-2141

    jvonkorff@broctoncsd.org

     

    Speech Therapist  

     Barb Knopp

    716-792-2100

    bknopp@broctoncsd.org

     

    School Social Worker 

    Laura Neratko

    716-792-2140

    lneratko@broctoncsd.org


    Occupational Therapist 

    Jessica Swanson

    716-792-2116

    jswanson@broctoncsd.org


    Elementary Special Education Teachers

     

    Aaron Shields

    Tonya Cornelius

    April Tye

                                   Tami Tamburlin    

    792-2100

    Secondary Special Education Teachers

     

     Stephanie Giermek

      Marieanne Fabiano

                                        Blaise Miller

         Elizabeth Parra

                          792-2190

     

     

     

     

    What is Special Education? 

    Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Special Education is defined as: "Specially designed instruction, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability."  Special education provides additional services, support, programs, specialized placements or environments to ensure that all students' educational needs are provided for so academic progress can be made. The 13 categories under IDEA include:

           
             Deaf-Blindness
              Developmental Delay
             Hearing Impairment
             Multiple Disabilities

     

     

    Who provides special education services?

    There are many services available to students that need special assistance.  Knowing what services exist and how to access these services is key in helping your child succeed academically and socially. If you suspect that your child has difficulties in any area, start by discussing these concerns with the classroom teacher. It takes an entire team of professionals to provide both regular and special education services. Your child will receive the best education possible when all educational professionals work together.

    Special education teachers have specialized training to work with students who have learning, behavioral, emotional, and/or physical disabilities. A special education teacher primarily works with students who qualify for special education assistance. Special educators work in a variety of settings depending on the needs of their students. Some special educators have their own classroom (e.g., resource room), pull the students out of their regular classroom, and assist them at particular times during the school day with their individual learning needs. Others may work in the regular education classroom with the general education teacher to support the students with special needs. Some special educators have a group of students with more complex behavioral, emotional, learning, or physical disabilities in a “self-contained” classroom. These students’ needs are greater and may require the assistance of additional qualified teachers and assistants. Regardless of the setting, all of the special educator’s students have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

    speech-language pathologist (SLP) is a highly trained professional who evaluates and treats children and adults who have difficulty with speech or language. Although people often think of speech and language as the same thing, the terms actually have very different meanings. If your child has trouble with speech, he/ she struggles with the “how-to” of talking—the coordination of the muscles and movements necessary to produce speech. If your child has trouble with language, he/she struggles with understanding what he/she hears or sees. Your child may struggle to find the right words and/or organize those words in a meaningful way to communicate a message or hold a conversation.

    An occupational therapist (OT) is a highly trained medical professional who evaluates and treats children and adults who have difficulty participating in meaningful activities (or “occupations”) relevant to their daily lives. Although many people often think of “occupation” as work or a job, occupation can mean any activity a person engages in. This can include self-care, play and leisure activities, and work. For a child, “work” often involves playing, learning, and going to school. Children make up a large part of the population receiving OT services. Treatment often focuses on improving a child's development in the areas of fine motor skills (e.g., stringing beads, cutting with scissors, buttoning buttons), play skills, social skills, and self-care skills (e.g., dressing, bathing, grooming, and feeding).

    The physical therapist (PT) is a professional specially trained to work on motor (physical movement) and neuromuscular difficulties. When a child experiences difficulty performing everyday activities, the PT finds ways to accommodate the child’s physical difficulties so that the task may be completed. PTs help children regain movement, function, and independence in daily activities. A PT often works with individuals who have been severely injured to help increase their range of movement.

    The school psychologist is professionally trained in psychology, education, mental health, child development, learning styles/processes, and effective teaching. He/she works on creating connections between the school and home environment. School psychologists also administer cognitive and achievement tests to children in order to help determine eligibility for special education services. School Psychologists, along with school counselors, provide training in social skills, provide crisis management, and promote healthy school environments.

    A school counselor or social worker helps children who have emotional or behavioral challenges. These difficulties can be due to a traumatic brain injury, depression, impulsiveness, or hyperactivity. When these problems affect a student’s ability to function in school and maintain relationships with teachers and peers, a counselor or social worker may intervene.

     

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    What does that abbreviation mean?

     

    ·         Frequently used Special Education Acronyms

     

     

    ADHD

    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

    AIS

    Academic Intervention Services

    APE

    Adapted Physical Education

    ASL

    American Sign Language

    BIP

    Behavioral Intervention Plan

    BOCES

    Board of Cooperative Educational Services

    BOE

    Board of Education

    CPSE

    Committee on Preschool Special Education

    CSE

    Committee on Special Education

    DOH

    Department of Health

    ECDC

    Early Childhood Direction Center

    EI

    Early Intervention

    ESY

    Extended School Year

    FAPE

    Free Appropriate Public Education

    FBA

    Functional Behavioral Assessment

    FERPA

    Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

    IAES

    Interim Alternative Educational Setting

    IDEA

    Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

    IEE

    Independent Educational Evaluation

    IEP

    Individualized Education Program

    IST

    Instructional Support Team

    LEP

    Limited English Proficient

    LRE

    Least Restrictive Environment

    NYSAA

    New York State Alternate Assessment

    NYSED

    New York State Education Department

    OMH

    Office of Mental Health

    OMRDD

    Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities

    OT

    Occupational Therapy

    PE

    Physical Education

    PSO

    Post School Outcome

    PT

    Physical Therapy

    RCT

    Regents Competency Test

    RIC

    Regional Information Center

    RSSC

    Regional School Support Center

    SAVE

    Schools Against Violence in Education

    SED

    State Education Department

    SRO

    State Review Officer

    STAC

    System for Tracking and Accounting of Children

    Sub CSE

    Subcommittee on Special Education

    SWD

    Student with a Disability

    TBI

    Traumatic Brain Injury

    VESID

    Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities