Special Populations

 

At International Leadership of Texas, students are our #1 priority. In addition to our district mission, we strive to ensure the physical health and safety of the children entrusted to us as well as the social, emotional, and academic well-being of every student who walks through our doors.

 

As such, Special Populations encompasses a wide reach- from highly trained counselors, licensed and certified clinic staff, engaging small group dyslexia facilitators, to ensuring protections for students with disabilities, and even encouraging and supporting parental involvement on every campus, we are dedicated to empowering students, family, and staff.

 

team

Shanon Urbina

Executive Director of Special Populations

972-479-9078 ext: 1005

surbina@ILTexas.org

Charles Hairgrove

Executive Assistant Director of Special Populations

972-479-9078 ext: 1016

chairgrove@iltexas.org

Mary Albritton

Ed.S., LPC

Director of Counseling

972-479-9078

malbritton@iltexas.org

Adriana Soria

Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director of Special Populations

972-479-9078

asoria@iltexas.org

Sarah McCroan

Behavior Coordinator

972-479-9078 ext: 1003

smccroan@iltexas.org

Barbara Townley-Cochran

Special Education Academic Coordinator

972-479-9078 ext: 1036

btownleycochran@iltexas.org

Sharon J Trask

Evaluation Coordinator

972.479.9078 ext: 1115

strask@iltexas.org

Skylar Hurley

Lead Liscensed Specialist in School Psychology

972-479-9078

shurley@iltexas.org

Quinisha Stinson

Special Education PEIMS Specialist

972-479-9078 ext: 1051

qstinson@iltexas.org

COVID-19 | Mental health

 

Mental health experts provide videos and educational resources to help families talk about COVID-19 and staying safe during the outbreak. 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - a national mental health advocacy organization, offers a variety of services for people with mental illness. This link to the NAMI web page has information about its online support group, suicide prevention hotline, training and other treatment resources.

 

Mental Health America - Mental Health and COVID-19 Information and Resources​

 

Vanderbilt Education

  • Review a parental guide on how to teach your children about expressing emotions. This highly researched and comprehensive article helps parents on how to tangibly show children how to identify, understand, and categorize their feelings and emotions, including steps, practice techniques, and solutions.

Anxiety and Stress Resources for Kids

  • Worry Wise Kids - Providing parents, educators, and mental health professionals with comprehensive, user-friendly information on the full range of anxiety disorders, along with the tools on how to identify symptoms, find effective treatments, and preventative measures to avoid letting anxiety take hold in a child's life.

  • CopingSkillsForKids.com - A therapist’s look into different ways to address anxiety and anxious moments with the use of effective coping skills, from breathing exercises to creating calming jars. Written alongside intuitive diagrams and images, these skills are designed comprehensively and intuitively.

  • AnxietyBC - This website is a leader in developing online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety and anxiety disorders. It shares helpful information on understanding anxiety, as well as resources and tools to help manage anxiety in your children. Videos, healthy tips, and a robust FAQ section are provided.

  • PsychCentral - Here are three activities by PsychCentral that guides parents and professionals in techniques they can use to help children with managing their anxiety. The techniques and games include blowing bubbles, “worry can,” and “calm-down box.”

  • Anxiety.org - Apps for Anxious Children  - A list comprised by the non-profit organization Anxiety.org meant on the downloadable applications parents can employ on tablets or cellphones for children dealing with anxiety. The list also details the description, cost and concepts for each game application.

 

Helping younger students understand the reason school is closed and why they have to stay home, wash their hands and keep their distance to stay safe from the Coronavirus can be a challenge. A video, titled “The Yucky Bug” by Julia Cook is a short video that explains the coronavirus from a child’s point of view.

 

Parents looking for help to explain COVID-19 to students fourth grade and up can get tips from this YouTube video featuring a University of Chicago doctor talking about prevention, social distancing and how to prevent spreading the virus.

 

A Brainpop animation explains the dangers of the Coronavirus, how viruses spread, social distancing and handwashing and how children can get good information and avoid anxiety.

Vanderbilt Education

  • Review a parental guide on how to teach your children about expressing emotions. This highly researched and comprehensive article helps parents on how to tangibly show children how to identify, understand, and categorize their feelings and emotions, including steps, practice techniques, and solutions.

Moments a day

Counseling

 

Nykesha White

DFW Crisis Counselor

972-479-9078

nwhite@iltexas.org

David Manning

Houston Crisis Counselor

713-577-3700

dmanning@iltexas.org

Nequila Nicole Goodson

Houston Crisis Counselor

713-577-3700

ngoodsonguidry@iltexas.org

If you have any questions regarding Special Pops, please contact one of our staff above via phone or email.

ASP College Advisors at our high schools are providing virtual office hours. Please see calendars below.

(SAT prep moved to a virtual classroom as well.)

Our Counseling Team is the Best! To find out who your campus counselors are, please click on your school below to go directly to their site:

DALLAS

TARRANT

HOUSTON / BRAZOS

BULLYING

What is Bullying?

college and higher education

It’s never too early to plan for a bright future! We have a wealth of resources to help guide you in the right direction!

career planning

 

dyslexia

International Leadership of Texas employs an amazing team of Dyslexia Facilitators who strive to provide the very best reading support services for students with dyslexia. We use the S.P.I.R.E. method and multi-sensory materials to enhance student’s phonemic awareness and skills. If you have concerns and think your child may have dyslexia, speak first to your child’s teacher. He or she can provide greater insight into your child’s unique abilities and strengths. Your grade level counselor can also provide you with additional information regarding the process of evaluation.

To find your child’s counselor, please click on the campus location button above.

 

504/protecting students w/ disabilities

We believe that every child has a right to learn in the classroom, regardless of ability.

504 plan is a blueprint for how the school will provide supports and remove barriers for a student with a disability, so the student has equal access to the general education curriculum. Some kids with learning and attention issues don’t need special education or individualized instruction. But they might still need supports or services at school. Depending on their challenges, they may be able to get that help through a 504 plan.

ILTexas District Office

1651 N Glenville Dr. #216, Richardson, TX 75081

info@iltexas.org

Phone: 972-479-9078

Fax: 972.479.9129

Board Members

President:  Gen. Williams 

Vice-President:  Dr. Lynne Beach 

Secretary: Tracy Cox 

Board Member: Dr. Soner Tarim

Board Member: Peter A. Gudmundsson

Board Member: Chris Moreland

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