Special services are conducted at the centers by Special Services Specialist, Mental Health Professionals, Speech Pathologists, Assistant Speech Pathologists, Special Education Coordinators and teachers. Eligible children with special needs are transitioned from Early Intervention Programs, as well as from Head Start, to the next placement. Our content area educates staff and parents in understanding child growth and development and in appreciating the individual differences of children by providing a supportive environment. NWAHSHS ensures that at least 10% of enrollment serves children with special needs.

There are four phases to the delivery of Special Services:

  • Identification of children’s special needs by screening
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatments
  • Transition

NWAHSHS children with special needs, including the following:

  • Autism
  • Emotional/Behavioral Disorders
  • Health Impairment
  • Hearing Impairment, Including Deafness
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Retardation
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Speech or Language Disorders
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment, Including Blindness
  • Other Impairments

Other relevant services are provided for children with special needs through Cooperative and Interagency Agreements with the following school districts and outside agencies that serve special populations: