As School Social Workers, we provide direct and indirect services to students, families, and school personnel to promote and support students' academic, social, and emotional success.
Kailee Walgren is the school social worker for Coal City Early Childhood Center.
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.
Kara Claypool, Cassie Spicer, and Margaret Marsaglia are the speech-language pathologists at Coal City Early Childhood Center.
An occupational therapist works with people of all ages to develop the skills they need to be as independent as possible in the jobs they have in their daily life. In the schools, an occupational therapist has a specific focus on the performance of tasks including fine motor, gross motor, self-help, social and sensory skills, all of which impact how kids of all ages participate in their routines at school. Coal City School District employs two occupational therapists.
The occupational therapists for Coal City Early Childhood Center are Jen Swanson and Allison Wingate.
School psychologists provide direct support and interventions to students, consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school social workers) to improve support strategies, work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies, and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services. School psychologists help students, families, educators and members of the community understand and resolve both long-term, chronic problems and short-term issues that students may face. They understand how these issues affect learning, behavior, well0being, and school engagement. School psychologists are highly skilled and ready resources in the effort to ensure that all children and youth thrive in school, at home, and in life.
Abby Dimitrijevic is the school psychologist at Coal City Early Childhood Center.
Preschool Diagnostic Team
The Preschool Diagnostic Team consists of a school psychologist, social worker, speech/language pathologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, nurse, building principal, and the Director of Special Populations. The diagnostic specialists conduct early learning screenings, review data, conduct evaluations, and provide referrals for resources for children ages 3-5. Determinations regarding eligibility for various preschool programs within the district are also made by this team. For more information regarding district preschool programs visit the following pages:
Melissa Vigna is the nurse at Coal City Early Childhood Center.