Special Education

Special Education

Special Education


Our Roles at BIS:
*Inclusion Support
*Gifted Support
*Modified / Replacement Curriculum Support
*Emotional Support
*Instructional Support 
*Life Skills Support 
Helpful Links:

Speech and Language

Speech and Language Support

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Mrs. Christy Desselle, MSLP, CCC-SLP

Speech-language Pathologist

Phone: 724-843-5050

Email:  [email protected] 

Mrs. Desselle provides speech and language support at Blackhawk Intermediate School (grade 4 and PRIDE grades 3 & 4), Highland Middle School, and Blackhawk High School.  In speech and language support, student goals are aligned to Pennsylvania’s Core Standards to help students achieve to their potential in the areas of speaking, writing, listening, and reading to facilitate communicative competence as well as academic and social success.

Please contact Mrs. Desselle if you feel that your child has a need to be evaluated in any of the following areas: articulation (production of speech sounds), receptive/expressive language (expressing thoughts and understanding language), pragmatics (social language), or fluency (rhythm of speech). 


Progress Reports-



Speech/language progress reports will be sent home quarterly at the same time as report cards.  If your child receives learning support in addition to speech/language support, the speech/language progress report will be included with the updated progress from the learning support teacher.  


Speech and Language Resources-

Please click on the following links for additional information: 

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association-

Provides an overview of typical speech and language development.

The Stuttering Foundation of America-


Resources for parents and teachers of children who stutter.

Speaking of Speech-


Articulation practice activities categorized by target sound. 


3rd and 4th Grade Life Skills Support- Mrs. Dianne Sarver

Special Olympics PA
Our 3rd and 4th Grade Life Skills Support Classroom, also known as the PRIDE Classroom,  is located at Blackhawk Intermediate School.  The goal of this program is to educate students in their neighborhood school.  I have been teaching in this role since 2011-12 school year.  Students in my classroom learn functional math and functional reading skills.  Each student is taught with their strengths in mind.  Throughout the year, our class takes the skills that they have learned in the classroom and we apply them out in the community. Community Based Instruction, CBI, is conducted once a month.  Check back frequently for updated pictures from the 2019-20 school year.
My class also participates in Beaver County Special Olympics.  We participate in Bowling in December, and Track and Field in May.  There are many other opportunities from Special Olympics PA throughout the year that I can post as they come up.
Another exciting opportunity my students have is to operate our classroom coffee shop, Cup of Joe.  Students learn valuable skills such as interpersonal skills, money counting, conversation, and 

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