Parent Resources

Speech and
Language Services

  • Ages 3-5

  • TK-8th grade

CONTACT

Kayla Finnell Vogel
Speech Language Pathologist, M.S., CCC-SLP
(760) 337-6530 ext. 2402
kfinnell@hesdk8.org

Links

https://www.icoe.org/selpa

https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/

SPECIAL EDUCATION

The Special Education department strives to ensure that all students with exceptional needs are provided a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). When a student's needs cannot be adequately met through modifications of the regular school program, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed for eligible students by the district IEP team, which includes parents/guardians, educators, and qualified services providers.  

Child Find also requires school districts to identify and evaluate children who may need services. When determining eligibility, the district evaluates whether a child's condition negatively affects their educational performance. Students are assessed in all areas related to suspected disabilities, including social and emotional status.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE

Children who have one or more of the following disabilities and need specialized educational services have the right to receive special education and related services: 

  • intellectual disabilities

  • hearing impairments (including deafness)

  • speech or language impairments

  • visual impairments (including blindness)

  • emotional disturbance

  • orthopedic impairment

  • autism

  • traumatic brain injury

  • other health impairments

  • specific learning disabilities

  • developmental delay      

CONTACTS

Sergio Espinoza
Special Education Director
saespinoza@hesdk8.org

Alejandra Pasten
Special Education Clerk
(760) 337-6530 ext. 2608
apasten@hesdk8.org

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