Special Education Early Childhood Center



Special Education and Early Childhood Center

Office (301) 449-4980  

A message from the new ECC Coordinator

Mrs. Amanda Smith

ECC Newsletter  


The James Ryder Randall Wing is a part of JRR that serves as a Special Education Early Childhood center and orthopedic wing program. We provide a continuum of services to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers determined to be in need of intensive Special Education intervention. 



Transdisciplinary Model 

The Special Education Early Childhood Centers follow a transdisciplinary team model to deliver services to young children.  The complex, multi-faceted developmental problems of young children with disabilities require that professionals from a variety of disciplines work cooperatively to provide integrated services.  The transdisciplinary model is a “best practice” approach used to coordinate and integrate services within a classroom setting.  Children learn personal/social, communication, motor, and other skills within the context of daily routines in natural settings where they will be required to use them, thus enhancing the possibility that the skill will be generalized.  A sharing or transfer of information and skills across disciplinary boundaries characterizes the transdisciplinary term model and provides the opportunity for children to receive related services throughout the day, not just in a separate room or scheduled time. Our educational goal is that our providers share their knowledge and learn skills from one another, which enhance home-school communicational, professional collaboration, and the child’s educational program. 

  • Strong communication between home and school ensures continuity and positive reinforcement of your child’s daily successes.  Communicate regularly with teachers and staff, attend scheduled conferences, and visit your child’s classroom often! 
  • Special educators and related service providers will work collaboratively to share instructional techniques so that during the provision of all services, educational interventions will remain consistent for the child. 
  • Family members are considered essential members of the transdisciplinary team. They have important information to offer regarding the likes, dislikes, interests, and skills that the child is demonstrating at home.  



Infant/Toddler     Speech     Motor Development     Occupational Therapy   

Physical Therapy     Itinerant Services     School Psychologist     Health Services      

Transportation     Parent Transport Procedures  




Any parent, caregiver, or professional who suspects a problem with an infant’s development can make a referral to the Infants and Toddlers Program.  Referrals are made through the Prince George's County Infants and Toddlers Program at (301) 925-6627 (birth to 2) and (301) 925-6600 (3 to 5( or through the website.

Infants with documented needs requiring Special Education intervention may be eligible for our home based program.  Teachers and therapists work in the home with babies and develop home programs with parents that caregivers can implement between Special Educator visits.  Playgroups, developmental groups, and toddler groups provide a continuum of services for students who meet the criteria. 

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Speech Pathologists work closely with classroom teachers to facilitate language development in the classroom. They also provide direct intervention to children, who have moderate to severe articulation disorders, oral motor problems, and augmentative communication needs. 

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Motor Development 

The Motor Development Specialists work with all students on activities that develop fitness, balance, body awareness, integration of the right and left sides of the body, directionality, spatial awareness, and motor planning. Development of these perceptual motor skills through participation in a motor development program provides an important foundation for education. In addition, appropriate modifications of the regular physical education program enable the child with special motor needs to participate successfully in movement activities. 

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Occupational Therapy 

Occupational Therapists work to develop fine motor and perceptual skills, important pre-requisites to academic skills. They help children become aware of their bodies relative to their position in space, and work on sensory processing, which is the ability to receive and interpret all of the sensory information a child receives to enable him to make appropriate motor or behavioral responses. Another important aspect of Occupational Therapy includes the activities of daily living and self-help skills, which promote a child's independence. 

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Physical Therapy 

Physical Therapists work to help children improve posture and their ability to move with as normal a quality of movement as possible. To attain these goals, the therapists use activities and positioning for the development of head and trunk control, equilibrium (balance) reactions and prevent undesired movements and static positions of the body that can lead to bone deformities and muscle contractions. Physical therapy involves direct therapeutic intervention to elicit and reinforce desired movements and indirect intervention by assisting other educational team members and family in positioning children for the best functioning in their environment. They also work closely with doctors, following doctor's prescriptions regarding therapy needs and equipment. 

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Itinerant Services 

Vision and Hearing Specialists are available to provide consultative and/or direct service to children on an itinerant basis. They are part of the Transdisciplinary team that works together at JRR. 

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School Psychologist 

Our school psychologist serves as an important member of our school team. In addition to testing cognitive abilities, the psychologist helps to identify a child's learning styles and works closely with the staff and parents in areas such as behavior management, attending skills, and social/emotional issues that will enhance the educational program, and facilitate growth and development of the child's full learning potential. The psychologist also conducts parent training seminars or individual parent sessions that target specific issues related to children with special needs. 

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Health Services 

A registered nurse is a full-time member of our staff.  He/She reviews immunization records, administers medications, and oversees the general daily health and well being of students. 

  • Illness 

Because children do not benefit from being in school when they are ill, we ask that you do not send your child to school if he/she has any of the following symptoms:  

  • A noticeable runny nose that is discolored, not clear 
  • has diarrhea, or vomiting 
  •  has a fever. 

Note that a child must be fever-free for 24 hours without the administration of medication before returning to school.  If your child has been hospitalized; we need a release from the doctor saying the child may return to school and should specifically address if there are any restrictions or activity. 

Please call the school nurse (240-348-6216) if your child has been hospitalized or if they have a newly diagnosed health condition.  Please send in a note upon your child’s return to school so that the absence can be posted as excused. 

JRR also enrolls students who are seriously health impaired; therefore, it is crucial that you call the school nurse in the event that your child contracts a contagious childhood disease--especially chicken pox. Chicken pox can be fatal to some of our children. Your help and cooperation are essential if we are to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all students. 

If it is determined that your child is too ill to benefit from being in school, our school nurse will contact you. Please keep the school informed of any changes in your child's health and any changes in telephone numbers where you may be reached in the event of an emergency. The school must always have on file a current telephone number to reach you in the event of an emergency. 

If your child needs to take any medication, prescription or non-prescription, at school it is necessary for us to have a Medication Form completed and signed by a physician before we can administer the medicine. Please call the school nurse to request a Medication Form. 

If your child has been injured at home, please send a written explanation so that we know you are aware of the injury. 

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Children are transported to and from school on a Special Education bus with a bus driver and aide. 

If your child is not coming to school for any reason, please call the bus lot between 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. and leave a message for your driver. The bus driver will not pick up your child again after an absence until you inform the bus lot that your child is ready to return to school. Any changes to the pickup or drop off location for your child should be reported to the office promptly.  It takes 7 to 10 days to effect a change in transportation. 

In any case where a parent can not meet the bus to receive a child from school, the bus driver should be given a written note stating who will meet the bus. For your child's protection, bus drivers are not permitted to release children to anyone without your written permission. 

In case of a two hour delayed opening in Prince George's County Schools, there will be no A.M. or P.M. half-day sessions on that day. Please listen to your radio or television station for this announcement. – YOU WILL NOT BE CALLED. 

During inclement weather, when there are icy roadways and sidewalks, bus drivers must use their judgment regarding the safety of driving on any given road. Please help by clearing ice and snow from your child's pathway to the bus. 

The primary concern of the bus drivers and the aides are the safety of your child. Your cooperation and attention to transportation procedures is critical to your child's safety and your assistance is greatly appreciated. 

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Parent Transport Procedures 

     If you elect to transport your child to and from school or if you pick up or drop off your child for any reason (Dr. Appointment, etc.) please review and follow the following school procedure. 

  1. Early Dismissal:  Sign your child out in the Special Education Office.  Wait in the lobby for your child to be brought to you. 
  2. Late Arrival: Sign your child in the Special Education Office.  Your child will be escorted to his/her classroom by a staff member. 
  3. Elected Daily Transport (on time): Bring your child the lobby. Wait for a staff member on bus duty to escort your child to the classroom at pick up time.  Wait in the lobby for your child to be dismissed to you. 

     Parents may not bring children directly to classrooms.  Teachers are beginning their teaching day and routine at 9:30 and may not be distracted from their class. 

     Parents are always welcomed to observe. Schedule a conference time, by writing a note or calling your teacher.  We ask that teachers and classes not be disturbed by parents dropping off or picking up children. There are many ways a parent can be part of his/her child's educational program. An extra pair of hands is always needed and welcomed. Here are some ways you or another family member may volunteer: (1)  small repairs and simple carpentry, (2) making instructional materials at home,
(3) PTA activities, and (4) guest reader. Please read our monthly newsletter that is sent home, and learn more about the kind of help that is needed. By working together, we can enrich the total school program.   

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Last modified: 9/11/2018 6:55:12 PM