Welcome to the Paris School Special Education Website!
This site is intended to provide you with a variety of information regarding the world of Special Education. Special Education services a diverse population of students and families. As this site is periodically updated, you will find new information and resources so be sure to visit throughout the school year. Should you have any questions or comments about the site or information presented, please contact Kim Hansen (Paris School Special Education Coordinator) at (262) 859-2350 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy your visit!
Meet the Paris Special Education Staff
The Paris School Special Education Department consists of three professional staff positions including a certified special educator, speech and language pathologist, and school psychologist. Mrs. Hansen, Mrs. Tilley and Ms. Kozlowski currently hold these positions.
Mrs. Kim Hansen has been employed at Paris School as a full-time special educator servicing kindergarten through eighth grade, since 2002. In addition, she serves as the School Special Education Coordinator for the department. She holds a Multi-Categorical Special Education Teaching License, which includes licensure in the areas of learning disability, emotional/behavioral disability, and cognitive disability. Mrs. Hansen is also a certified Autism Specialist. She received her licensure, certification and Masters of Special Education from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Mrs. Hansen also holds a Bachelors of Science degree, from Illinois State University, in Therapeutic Recreation and Program Supervision.
Mrs. Tilley is a part-time speech and language pathologist who joined the Paris team in 2013. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a degree in Communication Disorders. She brings over 25 years of expertise in working with children, who have a variety of special needs, to Paris School.
Ms. Heather Kozlowski is joining the Paris team this school year as our new school psychologist. In addition to Paris school, Ms. Kozlowski also provides services to the Union Grove and Kansasville school districts. We extend a warm welcome to Paris School and look forward to working with her.
What is Special Education?
Some children who are having problems in school may need extra help through Special Education. Special Education is for children who have an identified disability. Schools must follow certain procedures to decide if a child is eligible for Special Education. These procedures are written in state and federal laws. Once a child is determined to be eligible for Special Education an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed to specifically address the child’s educational needs.
Who can receive Special Education services?
A child who is at least 3 years old, but not yet 21, and who has not yet graduated from high school can receive Special Education services if it has been determined he or she is eligible.
Each state has its own set of criteria for identifying disability areas. Children in Wisconsin can be identified with the following disability areas:
Cognitive Disability Hearing Impairment Speech or Language Impairment
Visual Impairment Orthopedic Impairment Emotional/Behavioral Disability
Autism Traumatic Brain Injury Significant Developmental Delay
Learning Disability Other Health Impairment (includes AD/HD)
What steps do I follow if I am concerned my child has a disability?
If you suspect your child may have a disability, contact Kim Hansen (School Special Education Coordinator). She will assist in directing you toward the next appropriate measures to take to address your concerns. Please understand this contact does not automatically initiate a referral for evaluation of a disability, unless one is warranted or a parent request for one is initiated. Feel free to call Mrs. Hansen at (262) 859-2350 or e-mail her at email@example.com
For additional information, please reference the following websites:
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction – Special Education http://dpi.wi.gov/sped
An Introduction to Special Education:
Special Needs Scholarship Program: click here for more information
Parent Support & Resources
The Paris School Special Education Department is committed to providing parents with resources to support and foster a strong relationship between school, home and community. We recognize the need to build a network of supports for our families. It is our hope this website will be utilized as a means for parents to gather information in a manner that best fits their personal needs. Below, you will find a variety of resources to access. If you should need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Kim Hansen for support.
- CESA #2 Parent-Educator Update Newsletter – To subscribe to receive montly newsletter from CESA #2, contact Sharon Anderson at : Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Kim Hansen. For a sample of the newsletter, click here. October issue: here.
- Parent/Educator Liaison –
CESA #2 Contact Dannette Cate – DCates1@wi.rr.com or (262) 843-2343
- Parent to Parent of Wisconsin provides the opportunity for parents raising children with special needs to connect with another parent who has already learned the language and found the resources…someone who has http://www.ldaamerica.org/aboutld/parents/index.asp
- Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training & Support (“WI FACETS”) Serves Wisconsin children and adult with disabilities, their families and those who support them. www.wifacets.org
- Wisconsin Statewide Parent-Educator Initiative (WSPEI)
WSPEI is a collaboration with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to create training materials to present to parents and educators. Parents in Partnership is an intensive parent training to empower parents and caregivers of children ages 6-14 with special needs or youth ages 12-21 with special needs. For more information:
- Parent Rights
in English, Spanish and Hmong
Specific Disability Information and Resources
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) offers a wealth of information on disabilities! They serve the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth. Here, you’ll also find easy-to-read information on IDEA, the law authorizing early intervention services and special education. The State Organizations Search will help you connect with the disability agencies and organizations in every state, and the National Organizations Gateway offers hundreds of nonprofit groups that specialize in specific disabilities, family supports, research and more. You can read or listen to articles and publications, using the ReadSpeaker feature. We are sure you will find their website to be very resourceful. http://nichcy.org/
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
- Autism Society of Wisconsin http://www.asw4autism.org/
- Wisconsin Early Autism Project (WEAP) – WEAP provides ongoing therapeutic treatment through its local clinics for families in Wisconsin as well as training workshops with follow-up supervision for families in other parts of the United States and the world. http://www.wiautism.com/about.php
- Learning Disabilities Association of America http://www.ldaamerica.org/aboutld/parents/index.asp
- Wisconsin Family Ties – Very resourceful site for emotional, behavior and mental disorders
As we continue to develop the site, your input is greatly appreciated as it allows us to tailor the site to your needs. Any comments, suggests or resource information is welcomed. Please submit your input by email to Mrs. Hansen – email@example.com