School Psychologists

Schools in ESU #9 contract for assessment services which are required to identify, diagnose and verify students with disabilities. In addition to qualifying students for special education, this service provides information about students’ abilities as well as recommendations for teaching strategies for special education personnel and classroom teachers. Two school psychologists provide assessment services for children Birth to 21 years of age.

Schools Served

Karri Biede Jessica Shepard
Blue Hill Fairbury
Kenesaw Giltner
Silver Lake Hampton
Sutton Superior

Resources

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Resources

Rule 51 (PDF)

Verification Guidelines for Children with Disabilities (PDF)

Nebraska Transition website

Diagnostic Services 
School Age (K-12) (Child Find)

Schools in ESU 9 contract for assessment services which are required to identify, diagnose, and verify students with disabilities. In addition to qualifying students for special education, this service provides information about students’ abilities as well as recommendations for teaching strategies for special education personnel and classroom teachers. The assessment teams may consist of school psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, deaf educators, vision consultant and transition specialists.

School Psychologists serve as contacts for diagnostic services.

Transition Services

Under IDEA federal special education requirements and Nebraska requirements, school districts are responsible for insuring that each special education student, age 14 and older, has a transition plan that promotes movement from school to post school activities such as employment, further schooling, and independent living. Basically, this important “transition period from school to work” is designed to expand career opportunities for special education students during this period of time.

Currently, the school transition specialist assists school district special education personnel with finding job training sites, career assessments, and formulating IEP transition plans for special education students. The school transition specialist also provides training to school personnel in topics related to transition.

The Transition Resource Guide (PDF) is available for downloading

School Psychologists serve as Transition Specialists for ESU 9 schools.