Itinerant Programs

EIASE provides several itinerant special education and related services to students in our member districts. EIASE works closely with the district staff to provide individualized education to students through direct instruction, consultation with teams and providing essential resources. All of the staff from the itinerant programs are assigned to specific districts.

Adapted PE

Adapted Physical Education (APE) serves students who are unable to participate in the standard PE program and require more specialized instruction than what is provided at the district level. Students with identified physical impairments are often in need of significant adaptations and/or alternate programming to meet their needs. Adapted PE teacher/consultants have training in both physical education and special education and they meet with both the student and the district PE teacher to assist the teacher in designing/implementing an individual or group program to meet the student's needs as outlined through the IEP. The Adapted PE teacher also provides support instruction and consultation so the student can be successfully included in the district's PE program to the maximum extent possible.

April Fox, Associate Director

afox@eiase.com

Phone: 217.348.7700 ext. 1214 Fax: 217.348.7704

Audiology

EIASE Audiology is a cooperative program among all school districts in Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Moultrie and Shelby counties. Any child in this area is eligible to have a hearing evaluation from birth through graduation from high school.

Services

Diagnostic testing, monitoring of hearing, and specialized equipment are available from our licensed audiologist. Test results are shared with the parents, school and any medical provider or agency the parents would like to have notified. The goal is to provide the services needed to make the students academically successful during their school years.

Testing Hours

These services are provided at no charge to the families and our testing hours are 9:00-3:00, Monday thru Thursday and 9:00-2:00 on Friday. We are closed on school holidays, but are usually open on institute days.

Penny Barnes, MA, CCC-A

pbarnes@eiase.com

Phone: 217.348.7700 ext. 1239 Fax: 217.348.7704

Autism Team

The Autism Team works to enhance the knowledge and skills of the school team to meet individual educational needs of students on the autism spectrum. Their mission is to empower school teams by providing training and technical assistance, supported by researched-based practices, and to facilitate a collaborative approach to maximize development of community, social, and academic skills of a student with autism.

April Fox, Associate Director

afox@eiase.com

Phone: 217.348.7700 ext. 1214 Fax: 217.348.7704

Deaf and Hard of hearing

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Itinerant Program provides services to all students with an eligibility of deaf, hard of hearing, or hearing impairment within the 28 member districts. These students receive one on one services from a teacher certified to teach the deaf and hard of hearing. The teacher works with the students on listening skills, vocabulary development, self advocacy, and caring for any hearing equipment the student may use. The DHH itinerant works closely with the audiologist and district staff to ensure all of the hearing needs of the student are met. This collaboration ensures the student is in the best listening and learning environment possible.

The itinerant staff has a website for more information. Click to the left to follow this link.


Debbie Rotramel, Associate Director

drotramel@eiase.com

Phone: 217.348.7700 ext. 1238 Fax: 217.348.7704

Pre-vocational

The Pre-vocational Work Study Program provides a viable work experience for students labeled exceptional within the 28 member districts. These students receive valuable training to increase employment skills and pre-vocational coordinators work to provide every possible opportunity for employment. Students entering the program are evaluated to determine possible eligibility. If eligible, a combination of ongoing evaluation, classroom instruction and employment is provided according to their IEP and transition plan.

Office of Rehabilitative Services (ORS)

Due to the vocational training aspect of the program, EIASE works in a joint agreement with the Office of Rehabilitative Services (ORS). This department shares expertise, goals and funding in an effort to increase work potential for young people with disabilities. Students with severe disabilities who are approved by ORS and in need of one-on-one assistance to learn work skills are assigned a job coach at student/community work sites.

EIASE partners with the Illinois Department of Human Services (Division of Rehabilitation Services) to provide STEP (Secondary Transitional Experiences Program) that is offered through our Pre-Vocational Department. We currently have four Pre-Vocational Coordinators and two Job Coaches that are currently serving 173 students in the following districts: Arcola, Charleston, Effingham, Paris, Fresh Start TLC, Humboldt TLC, and Kansas TLC.

The Pre-Vocational Department’s goal is to help turn strengths into accomplishments through vocational education, community partnership, and job training opportunities to transition young adults into the competitive world of work. The STEP program is linked to the outcomes received from students working out in the community. This year our projected number of outcomes was set at 27 (1 outcome = 240 hours and 60 days of work experience). The department and students have worked diligently at meeting and exceeding that amount by an extra 10 outcomes this school year. Not only have the students and coordinators met and exceeded outcomes this year, they have had this trend over the past thirteen years. The Pre-Vocational Department is doing some great things in preparing our young adults with competitive job skills and placements to be productive citizens in our surrounding communities.

For more information on Pre-Vocational Services, please contact Lisa Bloemer, Pre-Vocational Supervisor. # 217.348.7700 or lbloemer@eiase.com.

Lisa Bloemer, Associate Director

lbloemer@eiase.com

Phone: 217.348.7700 ext. 1210 Fax: 217.348.7704

Psychology

Assessment

School Psychologists are involved in providing Pupil Personnel Services to all students to help make education a positive, and rewarding experience. The first priority of service from this group involves the evaluation of students to determine their need for special education services. Case study evaluations include several domains which may be assessed by PPS staff. School Psychologists are responsible for the psychological evaluation. Additionally, they typically may complete the student interview, the review of academic history and current functioning, the educational evaluation of learning processes and achievement and the assessment of the learning environment. Together the PPS staff gathers a great deal of the information the IEP team needs to make appropriate recommendations for students.

Counseling

PPS staff may work directly with students, either individually or in groups to improve the quality of the students' educational experience. Social skills training, conflict resolution, behavior management and personal counselingmay be provided to both regular education students and special education students as outlined in their IEPs. Requests for services may come from teachers, administrators, parents, educational support staff, community agency personnel and others including the student.

Collaboration and Communication

The PPS staff collaborate with parents and school personnel about many topics, including academic, social and behavior problems. They facilitate communication between the home and the school promoting parent participation in the educational process. PPS personnel may provide inservice on a variety of issues to school staff, parent and community groups. Some topics may include general special education procedures, modifications for special students, behavior management techniques, substance abuse, peer relationships, self-esteem, motivation, and ADHD, as well as others.

Crisis Team

This group participates in Crisis Team activities as requested throughout the cooperative. The Crisis Team responds to traumatic situations in the districts when requested by district administration. Typically this follows a sudden death or other significant event. Team members trained in working with people in crisis are available to assist students and staff in coping with these situations.

Kendra Rogers, Associate Director

krogers@eiase.com

Phone: 217.348.7700 ext. 1246 Fax: 217.348.7704

Rehab

The EIASE Rehabilitation team serves students who may need educational therapy support to benefit from their special education program. Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy staff work together to provide a combination of instruction and/or support services to students in the EIASE cooperative. With consent from the parent and physician, an assessment is performed and results are discussed in light of the student's IEP needs. In addition to direct therapy sessions, consultation is often performed with the district staff regarding specialized exercises which may benefit the student and any building or classroom modifications needed to accommodate a student's physical or motor challenges.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants provide support services once a student is identified as requiring special education. With the consent of the parent, an assessment is performed to address areas such as self-care, manipulation and control of educational materials, visual-motor coordination skills, or sensory-motor processing which interfere with the student's school performance.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists and physical therapy assistants also provide students who require special education with support services. Students who may have difficulty in moving about the school building, achieving basic gross motor skills, or are in need of specialized mobility equipment or devices are often referred for physical therapy services. Adapted classroom furniture may be indicated for the student to participate in the educational program.

Sandi Durham, Program Director

sdurham@eiase.com

Phone: 217.348.7700 ext. 1227 Fax: 217.348.7704

Visually Impaired

The program for students with Visual Impairments provides services for children based upon the itinerant and resource model. The teachers and orientation and mobility specialist are itinerant and students receive services within their regular school. Adaptations may be made both to regular and special curriculum through the use of Braille reading and writing, typing, low vision training etc.

Orientation and mobility specialists teach travel techniques to children who require this training due to blindness or low residual vision.

Debbie Rotramel, Associate Director

drotramel@eiase.com

Phone: 217.348.7700 ext. 1238 Fax: 217.348.7704