The Counselor consults with teachers, parents, administrators, and other professionals about resources, programs, and individually, in small groups, or as a whole classroom. Other structured groups are formed during the year for children who need further support (e.g. friendship or family changes groups). the counselor is a member of Voyager's Student/Family Assistance Team. This team focuses on students who are experiencing difficulty with academics, have social-emotional concerns, or health conditions which negatively impact learning. In order to make connections with all boys and girls, the counselor eats lunch with kids, plays sports at recess, and catches students being "Good."
The primary role of the certified school nurse is the health and safety of all students, staff and visitors to the school. the school nurse serves as an expert in health screenings (annual vision, hearing and 5th grade scoliosis), health teaching and knowledge and communication with students, staff and parents. Consultation with the school nurse is available for life-threatening health conditions, medication administration during the school day, and the coordination of care of the ill or injured student. The health technician and office staff provide first aid care daily.
The Occupational Therapist (O.T.) addresses a child's motor coordination skills and how these skills impact the child's educational development within the classroom. the role of the O.T. is to screen, evaluate, and provide occupational therapy services to those children who demonstrate a significant delay in gross and fine motor development. They also may address visual perceptual and sensory motor skills in relation to a student's educational performance. The O.T. is also a member of the Multi-disciplinary Team.
The primary function of the school psychologist is to provide consultation and assessment services for learning difficulties for students who qualify, or may qualify, for special education services. Assessment results assist in determining program needs and yield diagnostic/prescriptive information about a student’s unique learning style. Consultation services may be available for parents and teachers regarding appropriate placement, curriculum modifications and behavior management strategies for home and school. The school psychologist is an appropriate contact person for parents who have concerns regarding their child’s school performance. The SFAT (Student/Family Assistance Team), chaired by the school counselor, is usually the first step in determining general education interventions before considering special education options.
Voyager has two Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) who work with students whose communication skills impact their educational performance. The SLPs can do informal observations, participate in team meetings, evaluate, and help to develop communication programs for students through Individual Education Programs. Areas for programs can include articulation or sound production skills; language, including understanding and use of correct language skills; voice; or fluency/stuttering. The SLPs can also consult with staff and families regarding normal communication development, strategies to help facilitate correct skills within the classroom and at home, and resources for further information. You may wish to see communication benchmarks set by the state for each grade level, at the following web page link: K-10 Grade level Expectations. And for more information about speech and language skills, please see the following web page of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: http://asha.org/public/speech/