Additional Supports in Special Education Programs
An audiologist helps students with audiological deficits communicate and connect more effectively with others at school and school-related settings. A school audiologist conducts audiological evaluations for students with known or suspected hearing loss/disorders and/or central auditory processing disorders (CAPD). The audiologist also makes recommendations for goals, service delivery, and/or accommodations for students with hearing loss/disorders and/or CAPD to support them in school and school-related settings.
English Language Learning
Maria Esparza, ELL Support
Hours: M-F 8:30-3:30
The IEP team describes the bilingual service delivery model that has been used with the EL student and whether any changes need to be made. The information summarized in the language and cultural consideration section of the IEP drives the supports outlined in Accommodations and Modifications: Special Factors, English Learners.
Occupational Therapist: Ashley Vera
Hours: Wednesday (Full day), Friday (Half Day)
The role of the occupational therapist includes providing diagnostic and therapeutic services to students, and collaborating with and supporting parents/guardians and school support staff. Occupational therapists work with members of the school-based team to break down barriers to students’ learning environment in order to access their education. They support academic and functional outcomes, including social skills, math, reading and writing, behavior management, recess, participation in sports, self-help skills, pre vocational/vocational participation, and more. Occupational therapists are particularly skilled in facilitating student access to curricular and extracurricular activities through supports, designing and planning, and other methods. Additionally, they play a critical role in training parents/guardians, other staff members, and caregivers on educating students with diverse learning needs.
Emily Everest, Physical Therapist
Hours: Friday (Half Day)
School-based physical therapists evaluate and facilitate the development of functional gross motor movement skills in order for students to access and participate in the educational environment and to benefit from their special education. The physical therapist is responsible for evaluations including participation in team decisions about eligibility and intervention. Physical therapy (PT) interventions are designed to enable the student to move throughout the school environment; participate in classroom activities; maintain and change positions in the classroom; as well as manage stairs, restrooms, cafeteria and other educational environments.
CPS has 3 tiers of school nursing:
Alex Hill, M.S., Ed.S., NCSP
Hours (subject to change): 8:30-3:30 Tuesday/Thursday
Mr. Hill started his career as a counselor at a behavioral hospital in Tennessee. Before coming to CPS, he worked two years as a school psychologist, in South Beloit's school district. This year is his first year in CPS, and he’s thrilled to be a part of the staff at William B. Ogden Elementary School. He is also a pet owner of two territorial chihuahuas that love to travel with him!
School psychologists serve as members of interdisciplinary teams to address the needs of all students. They are an integral part of the MTSS, from system-wide program design, consultation, data collection and analysis, to specific assessment and intervention efforts with individual students. School psychologists support a students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behaviors to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments. School psychologists are instrumental in FIEs and the eligibility determination of an educational disability.
School Social Work
Laura Winkleman, LCSW
Hours (subject to change): 8:30-3:30p on Monday, Wednesday (every other week) and Thursday
Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2002
Professional Educator's License since 2000
Chicago Public Schools School Social Worker since 2006
School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals who can assist with: mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic and classroom support, consultation with teachers, parents,and administrators as well as provide individual and group counseling/therapy. School Social Workers are often the link between the home, school, and community; promoting and supporting students' academic and social success. School Social Workers help parents, students, and school staff identify needs that interfere with learning and work with students to get the services they need. Services include, but are not limited to, the following:
Speech and Language Therapy
Maureen Maningo, SLP
Hours: 8:30-3:30 on Monday, Wednesday (every other week), Thursday, & Friday
Ms. Maningo is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She received her B.A. in Communication Sciences & Disorders from Augustana College and her M.A. in Communicative Disorders with a specialization in speech-language pathology from Northern Illinois University. Ms. Maningo has been a citywide SLP for Chicago Public Schools since 2000. This year will be her fourth year at Ogden. Ms. Maningo loves being a school-based SLP and is looking forward to a wonderful and exciting school year!
The development of communication skills is integral for the success of all students. The Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) works with a variety of communication disorders such as articulation (speech sounds), language comprehension (following directions, understanding texts), language expression (putting words together, using correct grammar, word meaning), voice (use of voice to produce sound), pragmatic language (social language) and fluency (rhythm of speech) which may adversely impact the academic performance of students. SLPs in the schools work with students directly and/or with classroom teachers, families and administrators to address communication, language and related literacy needs. SLPs assist with the prevention of communication disorders through implementation of MTSS, identification of at risk students for academic problems, assessment of students’ communication skills, implementation and development of IEPs and evidence-based interventions. The SLP works collaboratively with school staff, parents/guardians and the community to support the academic, social and vocational needs of all students.
Melanie Nowicki, Vision Specialist