Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Coaching Series: Successful Routines for Home and School
Principal Jennifer Murray spoke on several important topics at the principal coffee. She immediately followed her presentation with an overview of special education services at Baldwin. For those who attended, thank you for coming! I hope you felt the information was valuable. For those who couldn't attend, here is a brief synopsis. For the full Principal Coffee powerpoint presentation go here and click on "Meeting Presentation."
Ken Barrett - SCORES
Jane Nogin - SCORES
Hannah Wingate - SCORES
Janet Hansen - Resource
Gloria Roberst - Resource
Hollie Collins - PPCD
Jessica Ramsey - PPCD
Beth Bernhard - Speech
Julie Novack - Speech
Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD)
8 students : 1 teacher
3, 4, 5 year olds
A general education classroom including typical children and those who may have delays or disabilities. A language-rich environment for those with delayed speech, for example. Not all children with a disability receive support in the classroom, as it depends on the child’s needs. And individualized education plan (IEP) is created outlining specific services.
Early intervention is key. AISD will evaluate any child who is believed to be delayed or who may have special needs to determine qualification for PPCD. Click here for information.
When a child is significantly behind in a subject, he or she is pulled out of the classroom for additional work with a specialist.
If speech affects academic performance, or has a language disability, a student will receive services.
22 students: 1 teacher
Social Communication Resources and Services. A program primarily for children with Autism that employees a curriculum to teach social skills. One example is “Lunch Bunch” where small groups meet in a classroom for lunch to work on social skills in a less overwhelming or overstimulating environment. Students in SCORES are in a general education classroom and may or may not receive services in the classroom, and may be pulled out for additional work. An individualized education plan (IEP) is created for each student outlining these services.
Program offered to students who don't qualify for special education, i.e., dyslexia, ADHD, and more.
SBS Social Behavioral Skills
Not a program offered at Baldwin. This program is for students with serious behavior struggles.
Not a program offered at Baldwin. This program is for students with severe needs and disabilities.
Welcome back! Transitions can be a challenge and bring about some big emotions for many of us. I hope that going from summer into fall has been a fairly smooth one for all of you and your kiddos. And if this is your first year at Baldwin or you're just coming upon this site, I'm so glad you're here.
Mrs. Murray and I are eager to host 3-4 CPAP gatherings touching on ways to help your child thrive, as well as ways to support yourselves and your families as parents and guardians of a student receiving special education services. We will get that information to you soon. In the meantime, the incredible Family and School Support Team FASST hosts numerous events and get-togethers that you may find of interest. See the flyer below. Looking forward to seeing you at one of our functions soon, and feel free to reach out anytime! You can contact me through this website.
FREE WEBINAR -- Parent-Directed Treatment Project : Improve Communication Skills for Children with ASD
A Message From Our CEO
IDD Awareness Month wrapped up in March and May is Mental Health Awareness Month, making April the perfect time to consider the convergence of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and mental illness. This issue has received increasing attention in recent years and needs further investigation.
Individuals living with an intellectual or developmental disability are at higher risk for mental illness. It is estimated that 30-35% of the population has a dual diagnosis. While this is not a new phenomenon, it is becoming more apparent as individuals with IDD are moving from institutions into the community to live with greater independence.
While more study is needed on this issue, it is purported that issues such as social isolation, stigmatization and exclusion from culturally valued activities, such as work, combine with existing brain disorders to create a higher risk for mental illness. Historically, the issue of co-occurring mental illness has been overlooked and under treated. For individuals with limited ability to communicate verbally, it is difficult to convey what they are experiencing. And clinicians with limited information or training are thought to attribute symptoms and behaviors to the IDD diagnosis, missing the mental illness all together.
Individuals with dual diagnosis need access to treatments including psychopharmacology, behavior management and counseling, as well as access to services such as crisis and residential treatment to improve quality of life and health outcomes. Individuals who work with individuals living with IDD need cross training in order to recognize psychiatric symptoms and refer for appropriate treatment. Families and caregivers also need education and resources to offer appropriate response and support. Lastly, more research on this issue is needed to continue to understand the needs and develop evidence based practices.
Integral Care provides a variety of IDD services that help build well-being. Through custom case management and service coordination, individuals with IDD can get the support they and their families need.
Together, we can achieve our vision of healthy living for everyone.
Chief Executive Officer
IDD Crisis Services
A dual diagnosis of IDD and mental health issues can cause interference with daily activities and create difficulties with family and peer relationships and residential placements.
Integral Care's Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Crisis Services support people living with IDD who may be experiencing a mental health crisis or have difficulty managing day-to-day activities. A Crisis Intervention Specialist works with Mobile Crisis Outreach Teams and the local police department to meet the needs of individuals with a dual diagnosis of IDD and mental illness.
The following services are provided to clients of the program:
The SAFE Alliance is a merger of the Austin Children's Shelter and SafePlace, both long-standing and respected human service agencies in Austin, TX serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence through prevention, intervention, and advocacy for social change. SAFE's goal is ambitious and simple: stop abuse for everyone.
SAFE and Integral Care have a long history of collaboration. Over the last six years, Integral Care has provided weekly psychiatric services to SAFE clients who are living with mental health needs. These services include on-site psychiatric assessments, diagnosis, medication management, follow-up care and referrals to other community resources as needed. In addition, Integral Care's Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) division joined with SAFE and Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) to form a multidisciplinary partnership through an Office Against Violence Against Women grant in 2014. During this project, Integral Care, SAFE and DRTx are providing cross training to each other's staff. Integral Care and DRTx staff also provided feedback on a safety planning guide and protocols for working with people with IDD and are partnering on a social media outreach project to people with disabilities.
Integral Care is proud to be part of this multidisciplinary partnership and looks forward to continuing to work together to develop and implement outreach, education, prevention, intervention strategies and healing services to people who live with IDD and/or other disabilities in Central Texas.
The Autism Trust is on a mission to provide futures with purpose for all individuals with autism and associated conditions. Our goal is to ultimately fulfill this mission through the development of a network of consistently outstanding and innovative centers for autism and related disorders worldwide.
We need your help to win approval of a visionary plan to create the first Autism Center of its kind in northwest Austin.
On Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 6PM at Austin City Hall, the Austin Zoning and Platting Commission will hold a critical public hearing. At this meeting, they will vote to approve a plan to divide 82 acres in northwest Austin into 2 parts: 40 acres for a new Autism Center and 42 acres for new homes built by MileStone Community Builders.
If approved, funds from the sale of homes in the residential portion will go to an endowment to help support the creation of the Autism Center Austin along with MileStone supporting its infrastructure and facility development.
Here are three things you can do to make a difference!
1. Please take action today. Go to tinyurl.com/autismaustin and send an email of support to persuade the Commissioners to vote yes and approve the plan.
Take action now! Urge Commissioners to VOTE YES and APPROVE the Autism Center Austin / MileStone Plan. Take 30 seconds to email your support today! Here are three things you can do to make a difference!
2. Join Us at City Hall on Feb. 21 at 6PM. The Zoning and Platting Commission needs to hear from you in person. You can speak to commission for a maximum of 3 minutes about the need for the Autism Center Austin or donate your time to another speaker.
Parking is free and located under Austin City Hall. Details and directions are at: http://www.austintexas.gov/cityhallparking
If you plan to come to City Hall, send an RSVP with your contact information to: email@example.com, or call 512-553-9188.
3. Help spread the word. Share our cause with your friends and family via email or social media. Ask them to also send emails of support.
To find out more about this wonderful facility, please visit the Community Plan page on our website athttp://www.autismcenteraustin.com/
We need your active support. Please share our vision for the Autism Center Austin and help us persuade the Commissioners to vote yes to this extraordinary opportunity.