Social-Emotional Learning: The Foundation for Your Child’s Success in School, Work & Life

I am attaching a flyer for an upcoming community presentation that is sponsored by the NSSED Association of Parents and Staff.  The presenters will discuss an overview of social-emotional learning and why these skills are important, how
they impact academics, how to assess social-emotional capacity in your child and how to improve that
capacity with specific interventions.

Please click on the link below to access this flyer.

APS Workshop 11/17/09

November 9-13, 2009 is School Psychology Awareness Week

We are off and running with the 2009-2010 school year. Parent conferences are right around the corner. I often attend the conferences for students that I am in contact with. I am also available to meet one-on-one. So feel free to contact me if you would like for me to join your conference, or schedule a personal conference.

Additionally, School Psychology Awareness week is approaching. In preparation, I am providing a few resources for your review. I will post more resources during the week of November 9-13, 2009.

If there are topics of interest that you would like for me to post resources on, feel free to contact me. I can also forward resources to you personally.

Happy Fall!
Mrs. Kvasnicka

School Readiness

Talking with Children about Flu/H1N1

Teaching Young Children Self-Control

Bullies & Victims


Hello all!! Welcome to the 2009-2010 school year!! We are all excited for a brand new start to another great school year!! There are a few minor changes I want to highlight for you.

I was married over the summer, so my last name has changed. I am now Lori Kvasnicka. I know it is a mouthful, and don’t mind if I am referred to as Mrs. K and will probably still answer to Ms. Sandler for a while, because I still forget :). With the name change, my email has also changed. My new email address is and is noted in the signature of my emails.

I look forward to working and collaborating with your family this year!!! Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Parent Association for Student Services in District 39 (PASS39) presents…

Beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, Avoca District 37 and Wilmette District 39 have partnered in serving students with special needs.  Attached is a flyer for a presentation entitled “Looking at Your Child’s Tomorrow:
A Discussion on Case Management and Self-Determination”.  This presentation is for parents/caregivers of children in grades K-8 and will be offered on Wednesday, February 18th.  Please read the attached flyer for more information.

PASS39 21809 flyer

A Basic Overview of the IEP Process

Many parents that I work with are new to the IEP process, so I wanted to take this opportunity to provide a general overview of how special education eligibility works and what the life cycle of an IEP looks like.  If there is anything that remains unclear, or you may have additional questions, please feel free to contact me.

Response to Intervention:  This is a means of prevention and early intervention.  Students that may start falling behind in one or more areas of functioning are provided with strategies to address these areas of concern.  Their progress is monitored over a period of time to determine if the strategies are effective in supporting the student needs.  Results over time of the student needs, progress, and intensity of intervention drive decision-making as to whether or not it may be appropriate to convene a meeting to discuss further action.  This process takes place in the general education setting with our Principal-Led Problem Solving Team (PLT).  For more specific information regarding the problem solving process, please follow the link on the Pupil Services home page.

Special Education Eligibility:  If a student is not making adequate progress with interventions implemented, or is requiring intensive intervention in order to maintain progress, the educational team may determine that special education services should be considered.  This process consists of the educational team, which include the parents.  It is important to understand that in order to be eligible for special education services, the area of concern MUST HAVE AN EDUCATIONAL IMPACT.  Services are considered when a student’s access to their education is hindered as a result of a disability.  It may be possible for a child to be diagnosed with a disability that is not significantly impacting their access to education.  A significant discrepancy in performance in relation to their peers would determine the educational impact of a disability.

Domain Meeting: A domain meeting is the first step into determining whether or not a child is eligible for special education services.  The purpose of this meeting is to determine which domains of functioning (communication, motor, achievement, etc.) are relevant in relation to the areas of concern.  Existing information about the student’s functioning is shared, and the need for further data collection is determined.  This meeting commences the evaluation process.

Evaluation: The educational team has 60 calendar days from the date of signed consent to collect the necessary data by means of formal or informal assessment and observation.  With parent consent, this timeline may be extended due to breaks from school when assessment would not be possible.  The educational team compiles their portions of the evaluation into a report.

Multidisciplinary Conference/Eligibility Meeting:  The purpose of this meeting is to review results of the evaluation data.  Areas in which the student functioning is significantly discrepant from their peers may be considered for special education eligibility.  Specific criteria must be met in order for a student to qualify for a special education category.  The categories of special education include: Autism, Cognitive Disability, Deaf/Blindness, Deafness, Developmental Delay (age 3-9), Emotional Disability, Hearing Impairment, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Speech and Language Impairment, Specific Learning Disability,  and Traumatic Brain Injury.  It may be determined that a child qualifies in more than one category.  If this is the case, then one disability would be determined to be the primary disability and the other(s) as secondary.

Individualized Education Plan: If a child is determined to be eligible for special education services, an individualized education plan (IEP) is developed.  The IEP is the document that outlines the student’s educational program.  Information included in the IEP is: setting in which special education is received, related services, number of minutes student will receive services, necessary accommodations, and specific goals for student progress.  An IEP is valid for 3 years; however, IEP meetings are held annually in order to update student progress.  Student goals are monitored throughout the academic year.

Trienniel Re-evaluation: A student IEP must be re-evaluated for continued eligibility every three years.  At this time, another domain meeting will take place to determine the appropriate areas for further assessment and the IEP cycle starts over.  If a student has made adequate progress and is not determined to be significantly discrepant from their peers in any of the areas of functioning, an IEP may be terminated and special education services would be discontinued.

Lego Club for special needs

Hi parents!!  One of my goals is to arm you with information and resources.  So throughout the year, I plan to post information regarding specific strategies for dealing with common issues, community outreach events or programs, and  resources for general information on disabilities.

The attached flyer was forwarded to Avoca by the Glenview Public Library.  Here is a free opportunity for children on the Asperger’s/Autism spectrum to participate in fun group activities and for parents to network.

I should emphasize that this is posted for informational purposes only.  No recommendations or endorsement are being made in favor of any outside providers or organizations.

Lego Club flyer

Off to a good start…

Hello everyone and welcome to the 2008-2009 school year.  We have made it through week one!!  If you would like to know a little background information, click on the ‘About’ link, under my picture.  We’re just getting started with the new webpages, so once I have figured out more features, I hope to have this page up and running with a lot of useful information.  Stay Tuned!!