Psychologist

Hello,
Welcome to Valley View Schools.  My name is Mrs. Marta Hopkins and I am the school psychologist and special education coordinator.  Lisa Minton is the department secretary and works half time in the early morning hours.  Additional services provided through the Montgomery County Educational Service Center include a part time special education supervisor (Mrs. Barb Savino - email at barb.savino@mcesc.org or call (937) 225-4603), a part time school psychologist (Mrs. Kaitlyn Lang - email at kaitlyn.lang@mcesc.org or call (937) 855-4203 ext. 276), two part time speech/language pathologists and a part time adapted physical education teacher.  The district also contracts with the State Support Team Region 10 for other supports as needed such as audiology, hearing intervention, orientation and mobility and other related services.  If I can be of assistance please contact me through Mrs. Minton at (937) 855-6581 ext. 240 or e-mail me at Vvmhopkins@mdeca.org.   

Sincerely,

Marta Hopkins


ABOUT US:
 The special education department serves approximately 250 students who have been identified as having disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA 2004). Services are provided in accordance with Ohio's Operating Standards for Children with Disabilities and the Special Education Model Policies and Procedures.

SERVICES:
School age students, ages 5-21, who qualify for special education services, under IDEIA, are identified as having disabilities in the following areas: Autism, Cognitive Disabilities, Deaf-Blind, Emotional Disturbance, Hearing Impairment, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Handicapped, Other Health Impairment, Specific Learning Disabilities, Speech/Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visually Impaired.  Preschool students can be identified with these same disabilities and the additional category of Developmental Delay can also be considered.

Special education services for each student with disabilities are written into each student's Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Services may be provided in a variety of settings, with the goal being to educate each student in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE); which means providing services in the regular classroom environment to the maximum extent possible.

Preschool children with disabilities, beginning on their third birthday, are entitled to the same type of services as are school age students.  Preschool students can be served in a center based delivery model or an itinerant delivery model with a visiting teacher.  Questions concerning this program should be addressed to Marta Hopkins at (937) 855-6581 ext. 228

EVALUATION:
Each building operates under an Intervention Model to help determine if a disability exists. Our high school primarily utilizes an Intervention Assistance Team to help teachers design and document the use of interventions in their classrooms. Our K-8 buildings are using Response to Intervention model to help provide individual learning experiences in the form of classroom and small group interventions.  These interventions are designed by the building RTI team to positively impact the student's educational program by enhancing his/her chances to make progress in the general curriculum.  Screeners are in place to look at all children to determine the need for tiered intervention.  However, parents who have concerns about their child's educational progress should contact their child's principal or classroom teacher to discuss those concerns. 

Sometimes the interventions designed by the IAT/RTI team are not enough to meet the needs of an individual student.  Based upon the student's response to the interventions or the student's apparent need for special instruction, the student may be referred  for an evaluation to determine eligibility for special education.  In such cases, the school psychologist will become involved and relevant data will be collected including the various interventions tried and the results of those interventions.  If the information seems to warrant it, a meeting is held and a building team, including the student's parents, meets to determine if the student is suspected of having a disability.  If that is the case, parent permission is received and the process for a multi-factored evaluation is started.  After completion of this evaluation, the team (including the parent) reconvenes to determine if the child meets legal criteria for eligibility for a specific disability.  If the child meets eligibility criteria, the team (including the parent) will develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) with specific goals and objectives, specialized services, accommodations as needed, and a determination of where the services will be provided for the child.

CHILD FIND

Any Parent who may suspect their child, birth through 21, has a disability, should call the Valley View School District Psychologist, Marta Hopkins at 937-855-6581 ext. 228.

  • Valley View School District is attempting to identify, locate and evaluate all children in the community who may have a disability.
  • Children age three through five may have a disability if child has a documented deficit in: communication skills, hearing abilities, motor functioning, social emotional behavior functioning or vision abilities.
  • School age students - a disability means a person having one or more conditions such as autism, cognitive disability, hearing impairment, orthopedic and/or other health impairment, severe emotional disturbance, speech or language impairment, a specific learning disability, traumatic brain injury or a visual impairment.
  • According to Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act, any student with a handicap will not be discriminated against and may qualify for special services.  An individual with a handicap means a person who has, or had, or is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of his/her major life activities.

Records:
For special education or psychological records, please contact Lisa Minton at (937) 855-6581 ext. 240 before 10:30 a.m.  or email her Vvlminton@mdeca.org. She will need the date of birth of the person you are requesting records for, and that person will need to come in and sign a "Release of Records" in order to get copies.

You can find the "Whose Idea Is This" booklet and more information on the Ohio Dept. of Education website at www.ODE.state.oh.us .