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Redmond, Wash. – The Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Board of Directors has selected Dr. Jon Holmen to be the next Lake Washington School District Superintendent. They announced their decision on Monday, March 23, 2020.

Redmond, Wash. – The Lake Washington School District has been following guidance from Public Health in an effort to stay open as long as possible. In light of the current information shared today by our elected officials, we believe it is time to plan for alternative ways to serve our community and families. 

In collaboration with our School Board of Directors and our Lake Washington Education Association, we have made the decision to close all schools from March 12 through March 27, and re-evaluate any further closures during that time. 

In light of today’s news about a King County resident’s death related to the Coronavirus (or COVID-19), and that additional cases are anticipated, we wanted to reach out to share what Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is doing to monitor and prepare for a potential increase in frequency of the Coronavirus in our schools.  

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    SNAPS Preschool Program

    Intensive Instruction Program - Early Childhood Special Education

    The SNAPS program is designed to supplement the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) preschool program and better meet the needs of students with autism and their families. SNAPS is modeled after the University of Washington’s Project DATA. This program is designed to meet the unique needs of students with autism by blending evidence-based early childhood, early childhood special education, and behavioral approaches to educate and support children with autism and their families. It is an intensive, early intervention program. It involves extensive evaluation, planning, and progress-monitoring to help better prepare children for kindergarten entry.

    What is SNAPS?

    SNAPS (Students Needing Additional Programming Support) is a special education program serving eligible preschool students ages 3 and 4 with a primary diagnosis of autism.

    This program is defined by a low student-to-instructor ratio, integrating peer pairings for social learning while providing 20+ hours a week of individualized intensive instruction.

    The SNAPS classroom is a highly structured environment resulting in a predictable daily routine with individualized learning objectives emphasizing functional communication, social interactions, self-management, play skills, imitation, engagement, functional behavior, and generalization of learned skills.

    Instruction is delivered using a combination of evidence-based practices including discrete teaching, naturalistic teaching procedures, and structured teaching approaches.

     

    Is my child eligible for SNAPS?

    Steps to placement in SNAPS for students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

    1. Student is seen by the evaluation team and standard assessments completed to determine current levels.
    2. Student is placed in a preschool class. During the first four to six weeks after placement, the SNAPS Coordinator will come out to observe your child and will call you to discuss the observation.
    3. The Individual Education Plan (IEP) team (consisting of the parents, SNAPS coordinator and special education teacher) will make a recommendation regarding the level of support needed and whether or not a child will benefit from the SNAPS program.
    4. A placement determination will be made as to whether or not the child is able to access all aspects of the preschool program and the level of support that is needed for that child to be successful within the regular curriculum.
    5. Students needing instruction specific to social skills may be eligible for the SNAPS Social Skills Group. This group will meet on Wednesdays. Lessons and activities will promote the following skills: conversational play, friendship management, self-regulation, conflict management, and social knowledge needed to interpret social cues, and then understanding of emotions and empathy.

       

    SNAPS Locations for 2019-20:

    • Carson Elementary Preschool - Sammamish
    • Dickinson Elementary Preschool - Redmond
    • Bell Elementary Preschool - Kirkland

    Please contact the SNAPS coordinator for further information regarding the SNAPS program:

    Lake Washington School District
    Special Education Department
    425-936-1226