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Early Childhood

Welcome to the Early Childhood Department

Early Childhood/Intervention Services encompass a variety of programs available for children 0 through 5 years of age. The ESU7 Staff serves families in Butler, Colfax, Merrick, Nance, Platte and Polk counties at no cost to families. This program is funded publicly through your local school district.

Included is the services are evaluation, intervention, and program planning for children who are experiencing learning difficulties and/or development delays, based on verification requirements.

Educational services for children birth to 3 years of age are often provided in the home by early childhood personnel trained to work with young children. Appropriate intervention for children 3 to 5 years maybe provided in a variety of settings (i.e. Home, Childcare, Preschool, etc.)

The Early Intervention team is a group of 15 people and consists of Speech Pathologists, Early Childhood Special Education teachers, Vision teacher, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, School Psychologist, and Services Coordinators (birth to 3 years of age).

 

 

Mary Bohning 

Early Childhood Coordinator

mbohning@esu7.org

ext.  1021

Mary's primary focus as the Early Childhood Coordinator for ESU7, is coordinating and assigning referrals for children, birth to 5, facilitating the weekly EC PAC meetings and assisting with the b-3 ILCD process.


 

Marla Bensen

Early Childhood Speech/Language Pathologist

@esu7.org

Marla's primary focus is provide support to families and community partners regarding children ages birth to 6 with disabilities.

 

 

Lisa Duranski

Early Childhood Special ED teacher /TVI 

lduranski@esu7.org

ext. 1062

Lisa's primary focus is providing support and resources to families and caregivers of infants, toddler and preschool aged children with special needs to the feel confident in teaching their unique child/student.


 

Rachel Garner

Early Childhood Speech/Language Pathologist

rgarner@esu7.org

Rachel's primary focus is to provide support to families and community partners regarding choldren ages birth to 6 with disabilities.


 

Jennifer Fistler

Early Childhood Special ED Teacher

jfistler@esu7.org

Jennifer's primary focus is to provide capacity building opportunities and supports to the families, caregivers, and teachers of birth to 5 year old children with diverse special needs.


 

Julie Kahler 

Early Childhood Speech/Language Pathologist

jkahler@esu7.org

Julie's primary focus is serving 

 


 

Sarah Wacha

Early Childhood Special ED Teacher

swacha@esu7.org

Sarah's primary focus is to provide capacity building opportunties and supports to the families, caregivers, and teachers of young children with diverse special needs.


 

Michelle Smith

Early Childhood Speech/Language Pathologist

michsmith@esu7.org

Michelle's primary focus is serving children birth to 5, helping their parents, teachers, and caregivers enhance the child's communication, participation, and independence. A special interest is working with children and families who speak Spanish.


 

Wendy Wolfe

Early Childhood Special ED Teacher

wwolfe@esu7.org

Wendy's primary focus is providing support to teachers, caregivers, parents and young children with special needs. An area of special interest is transition planning for children heading into kindergarten.

 

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