Special Education Services at SOESD provide evaluative, consultative, and direct special education services to students with disabilities. Many Special Education Services are available in Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties, and some services are also available in Douglas and Lake counties. The OR Project assessment and curriculum and Records Manager software is available worldwide.
101 North Grape Street
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: 776.8590 or 800.636.7450
School Psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, 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 that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community. SOESD currently employs a team of nine school psychologists totaling 7.2 Full Time Equivalent positions to serve the Ashland, Butte Falls, Grants Pass, Klamath Falls City, Medford, Rogue River, Prospect, Three Rivers, and Pinehurst School Districts. Services are also provided to other programs, including STEPS, STEPS Plus and Long-Term Care and Treatment classrooms in Medford, Ashland, and Grants Pass. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-776-8554.
Referrals for school psychology services are typically generated by the school’s student study team (SST). Parents, teachers, special educators, administrators, and sometimes physicians refer when they suspect the child may have an educational disability. A team, including the parents, will meet to discuss the nature of the concern, the child’s school history and current progress to determine the most appropriate course of action. Possible outcomes may include recommendations for classroom modifications or a full psycho-educational evaluation.
If an evaluation is recommended, the school psychologist will follow guidelines established by IDEA and the OR State Department of Ed. A developmental history, educational file review, parent/teacher/student interviews, observations, and standardized assessments of intellectual ability, adaptive behavior, behavioral functioning, or emotional status may be included. Evaluations are designed to provide information to help identify possible educational disabilities including learning disability, emotional disturbance, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability or other health impairment impacting education. Written consent of the parent is always required before evaluation occurs.
Upon completion of the evaluation, the school psychologist presents their findings to the educational team, including the student’s parents and teachers. If the child demonstrates characteristics of an educational disability and that disability adversely impact their education, and individualized education plan will be developed.
If the educational team determines that the student does not have an educational disability, the school psychologist may continue to consult with the regular education teacher to identify possible accommodations which address the student’s learning profile.
The eligibility requirements for each educational disability in Oregon is described on the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) website. To talk to a specialist concerning any of these disabilities, call the Oregon Department of Education at 503-378-3600 x2320.