Special Services

Student Services

1419 Grace St. 
Mansfield, OH
Student Services Director
Mr. Eric Turlo | [email protected] | Ext. 5301

PreK Coordinator
Mrs. Jennifer Eckenwiler | [email protected]
Located at Madison South  419-522-4319  Ext. 4113 

Student Services Secretary
Mrs. Heather Howe | [email protected] | Ext. 5302

School Psychologists
Mr. Nathan Whitman | [email protected] | Ext. 5305
Ms. Jessica Lebold | [email protected] |  

School Psychologist Assistant
Mrs. Christen Hutchison |[email protected] | Ext. 5304  

Current Events

Greetings from the Director

Welcome to the Student Services Website!
We are located in the Madison Middle School back offices. The Madison Local School District Student Services goal is to provide a continuum of services addressing the unique needs of students with disabilities as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA).  We at Madison believe that each child is capable of learning, and we provide a Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE) to all students ages 3 to 21 with disabilities who reside in our district.  We value the close collaboration between parents and staff members to design individualized educational programs that maximize each student's success. We commit ourselves to the implementation of research-based strategies are shown to work best for students with exceptional needs.
Please feel free to contact us anytime. 
Your feedback is essential and I look forward to communicating with you.

Eric Turlo


Child Find

The Madison Local School District is committed to the location, identification and provision of a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for all children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 22. Referrals can be initiated by anyone with knowledge of the child who suspects a disability. Please contact Dr. Patricia Tresey, Director of Special Services, at 419-589-9549, with any questions, concerns, or names for Child Find referral within the Madison Local School District.

Students with Disabilities Served

  • Preschool Age Children (ages 3-5)
  • School Age (ages 6-22), with identified disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness (Hearing Impairment)
  • Visual Impairment
  • Speech and Language Impairment
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Emotional Disturbance (SBH)
  • Cognitive Disabilities
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Autism
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Other Health Impairment

Continuum of Special Education Services

The Madison Local School District works to meet the individual needs of children with disabilities by offering the full continuum of options allowed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (I.D.E.I.A.) and the Ohio Department of Education. Ohio is required to establish procedures to assure “to the maximum extent appropriate, students with disabilities are educated with children who are not disabled.” The Madison Local School District has the entire continuum of environments in the Junior High and High School, but some of our elementary programs are only currently available in specific buildings.
The needs of identified students within the school system are met in the least restrictive environment through the Individualized Education Plan. Each building has an Intervention Assistance Team that meets regularly to discuss the progress of students.
  • Inclusion/Collaboration/Consultative Services-Regular Education Classes
  • Inclusion (or Co Teaching) services focus on special educators and general educators working together to best meet the needs of students with disabilities as well as children who may be “at risk”.
  • Tutoring Services/Small Group-Regular Education Classes - This service provides students with disabilities with support that helps to increase their opportunity to benefit from regular class placement. This is supplemental instruction which focuses on assisting students in becoming independent in the “process” of learning through the use of compensatory strategies, intervention support, and study/organizational techniques.
  • Resource Room - The Resource Room serves children whose disabilities require a special education program. It offers a modified curriculum that provides a student with a disability with personalized option not offered in the general education program.
  • Home Instruction - Our office can make this program available for any district students who are unable to attend a regular or special program due to medical issues.

Related Services

Related Services are services needed by a child with a disability in order to benefit from Special Education, including:
  • Aide Services
  • Audiology Services
  • Interpreting Services (through Co-op with Mansfield City)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Vision/Orientation & Mobility
  • Physical Therapy
  • Educational Psychological Services
  • Speech/Language Pathology Services
  • Parent Counseling (through outside agencies)
  • Counseling
  • Special Transportation
  • Student Mental Health Services (through outside agencies)
  • Behavioral Services  


Resources for Parents

Special Services Staff

  • Eric Turlo, Student Services Director
  • Jennifer Eckenwiler, Preschool Director
  • Nathan Whitman, School Psychologist
  • Jessica LeBold, School Psychologist
  • Christen Hutchison, Assistant to the School Psychologist
  • Heather Howe, Student Services Secretary
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Family/Parent Engagement Opportunity

SST 11 would like to invite all parents, guardians, caretakers, and families to our 2021-2022 Family Engagement Series. Each session is one hour long and will run from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. There will be time to gather information on the given topic, as well as ask questions of the SST consultant(s) around the topic of discussion. Please explore the following dates and topics below. If you have any further questions, please reach out to Steven Moran, at [email protected].

To register for an event, click this link . Contact Tina Forshey if you have questions regarding registration at [email protected] You will then be sent a google link to complete to get registered. Once you are registered, you will be sent the link for the event at least 24 hours prior to the event. All sessions will be offered virtually using Zoom.

Date      Topic                                                                                                  Presenter(s)

10/18/21     Parent/Guardian Rights in Special Education Process          Steve Moran
Special Education for students ages 3 to 21 is guided by federal and state requirements. The federal requirements are referred to as the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). The state requirements are referred to as the Ohio Operating Standards for the Education of Children with Disabilities. This time will be spent helping you better understand your rights and your child’s rights according to IDEA and the Ohio Operating Standards. It will also provide you with information and resources to help you understand supports and services available for students with disabilities.

11/15/21     Dyslexia Legislation Updates/ Supports          Juakita Bowens
This session will be an overview of the recently passed Dyslexia Legislation; HB436. Families will have the opportunity to explore resources and activities to support the language and literacy skills of their student(s). There will also be time designated for discussions and questions pertaining to Dyslexia.

12/13/21     Access to Career Tech Programming          David Bruce/Steve Moran
This session will be an overview of how to access Career Technical Programs for your school district or community school. We will explain the application processes and how to navigate them in a way to successfully enter and hopefully complete a program. We will discuss Student Success Plans, Graduation Plans, and how each should be in line with the Transition Plan for each student. We will also make you aware of some of the tools that are available to aid in this process, such as Ohio Means Jobs.

1/10/22     ETR Process/Overview          Greg Mathews/ Barb Knipe
This session will provide participants with an outline of the required components of the ETR (Evaluation Team Report), including what to expect before, during, and after the process of an evaluation for a suspected disability. Topics will include legal requirements, timelines, and the implications of the report on educational programming and determination for Special Education Services.

2/7/22     IEP Process/ Overview          Greg Mathews/ Kristen Millet
This session will provide parents/guardians with an outline of the required components of the IEP (Individualized Education Program), including what to expect before, during, and after an IEP team meeting. Topics will include required team members, timelines, Specially Designed Instruction (SDI), Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), accommodations and modifications, transition planning, and Prior Written Notice (PWN or PR-01).

3/14/22     Literacy          Tia Jackson
The state of Ohio recognizes that family partnerships are essential to support learner progress and achievement in language and literacy. Within the Central Ohio region, State Support Team 11 strives to help families enhance their role even more, by providing guidance and knowledge about optimal play, language, and shared reading interactions for proficient literacy skills for children birth through grade 12.

4/11/22     PBIS          Tara Finton/ TJ Wendt
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach providing supportive structures for behavior expectations at school and home. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) enhances a person’s ability to integrate skills, attitudes, and actions to deal effectively with daily tasks and challenges. Participants will explore how PBIS and SEL supports work together to promote children’s emotional, academic, and social success.
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