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Special Education @ Northwestern

Welcome to Northwestern Primary's Special Education Department

Mrs. Evans, Learning Support  Teacher

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Learning Support services are provided for qualifying students based on a formal school evaluation, classroom performance, and grade level data.  Students work on specific goals in the areas of reading fluency, comprehension, writing, and math based on their individual needs and strengths.  The Learning Support program at Northwestern Primary also assists in the IST (Instructional Support Team) process to help identify appropriate supports for students as well as behavior plans and supports as needed.  

Mrs. DeFrank, Autistic Support Teacher 

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Ms. DiClaudio, Life Skills Support Teacher
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Mrs. Kier, Speech and Language Support Teacher 



Speech and Language Support is a service provided by a trained speech and language pathologist.  Speech-language pathologists in the school setting serve students by applying the best available research evidence, using expert clinical judgments, and considering clients' individual preferences and values. Speech-language pathologists provide treatment for students when their academic success is inhibited by communication and/or swallowing difficulties in the following areas:

  • Articulation - ability to produce speech sounds

  • Language – comprehension (ability to understand information that is presented) and expression (ability to use language) including phonology; morphology; syntax; semantics;  and literacy (reading, writing, spelling)

  • Fluency - stuttering

  • Voice – quality (resonance, pitch, and loudness) of speech

  • Pragmatics - language use, social aspects of communication and prelinguistic communication (e.g., joint attention, intentionality, communicative signaling)

  • Cognition- attention, memory, sequencing, problem solving, executive functioning

  • Feeding and Swallowing - oral, pharyngeal, laryngeal, esophageal

A student must qualify for speech and language support based on an evaluation consisting of standardized assessments, classroom performance/observations, and parent and teacher input.

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Blackhawk School District:
500 Blackhawk Road, Beaver Falls, PA 15010

Phone: (724) 846-6600
Fax: (724) 846-2021
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