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Exceptional Family Member Programs:

EFMP enrollees must ensure the hospital has the resources needed to accommodate their special needs prior to arriving at Fort Irwin. Call Mary Walker Clinic EFMP Office for more information.

Mary Walker Clinic EFMP Office (760) 380-3159

  • Assistance with medical needs and questions.
  • Provides assessment of specialized care available to meet family needs.

Army Community Service EFMP (760) 380-3698:

  • PCS assistance housing/schools
  • IEP assistance and support
  • Resources for information and referrals

Additional Links:

California Dept. of Education Special Education

California Early Start

Silver Valley Unified School District Special Education

STOMP – Specialized Training Of Military Parents

Special Education/EIS

Exceptional Family Member Program

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is mandatory for all family members who have been identified with a special medical or educational need. Enrolling in the EFMP ensures that the family member’s medical needs will be considered during the assignment coordination process.

Children from Birth to Three Years of Age

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires all States and territories to provide early intervention services to children from birth to age three who are developmentally delayed, or who are at high risk of being developmentally delayed. Early intervention services may be provided by local school districts or health departments.  There is no common name across States for the programs, but you may hear them referred to as Part C programs (because Part C is the section of the IDEA that pertains to early intervention).

The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center provides a list of State Part C directors and funded programs at their web site. Military OneSource can identify local early intervention programs for you.

·         Parents of children who receive early intervention services should hand-carry a copy of the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) and most current evaluation reports to the new location.

Children from 3 through 21 Years of Age

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires all States and Territories to provide special education services to children who are from 3 through 21 year of age.  Each local school district has a special education director, and each school should have a case study committee or school based committee (terms differ) that attends to special education students’ needs.

Parents of children receiving special education and related services should hand-carry all pertinent school and medical documents to include their children’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) and current testing and evaluation reports to the new school.

The IDEA requires that if a child transfers to a district in the same state, the receiving school must provide comparable services to those in the child's IEP from the sending district's until the new school develops and implements a new IEP. If a child transfers to another State, the receiving district must provide comparable services to those in the child's IEP from the sending district until the receiving district completes an evaluation and creates a new IEP.

Others who can help you:

·         Parent Training and Information Centers  Each state is home to at least one Parent Training and Information Center (PTI). PTIs serve families of children and young adults from birth to age 22 with all disabilities: physical, cognitive, emotional, and learning.  They help families obtain appropriate education and services for their children with disabilities; work to improve education results for all children; train and inform parents and professionals on a variety of topics; resolve problems between families and schools or other agencies; and connect children with disabilities to community resources that address their needs.  The Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers provides addresses and phone number of the centers in your state.

·         STOMP (Specialized Training of Military Parents) is a federally funded Parent Training and Information (PTI) Center established to assist military families who have children with special education or health needs. The staff of the STOMP Project are parents of children who have disabilities and have experience in raising their children in military communities and traveling with their spouses to different locations.

Washington PAVE
STOMP Project
6316 So. 12th St.
Tacoma, WA 98465
253-565-2266 (v/tty)
1-800-5-PARENT (v/tty)
Fax: 253-566-8052

Installation Specific Information

Special Education services are provided at schools in Silver Valley Unified School District . They house five Special Day Classes (SDC) and seven Resource Specialist Programs (RSP). Speech services are also provided at each school.

Parents of children with special needs who are moving to the area are encouraged to contact the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, or the District Psychologist, at the District Office 760-254-2916 to discuss the location of services available to meet the needs of their children. The office is also open during the summer from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).

Special Day Classes

SDC is a self-contained classroom in which students who require special education instruction for more than 50% of the school day are enrolled. Silver Valley s SDC programs are designed to mainstream students into regular education programs whenever appropriate. SDC classrooms are located at Lewis Elementary, Fort Irwin Middle School, and Silver Valley High School. Severely or profoundly handicapped children are served through county programs located in Barstow.

Resource Specialist Programs

RSP is a program for students receiving special education instruction for less than 50% of the school day. These students are usually pulled out of the regular education classroom for special assistance during specific periods of the day or week and are taught by credentialed resource specialists. RSP programs are provided at Lewis Elementary, Fort Irwin Middle School, and Silver Valley High School.

Students with Severe Behavioral Problems

SED students are students who are experiencing severe behavioral problems which prevent them from learning and getting along with others. The needs of these students can sometimes be met within the district s SDC program or in a county program designed specifically for students with severe behavioral problems. In Silver Valley, SED students are served through the Success program.

Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy helps children learn to speak and use language. Speech students are pulled out of the regular education classroom for special assistance during specific periods of the day or week and are taught by a speech and language therapist or speech pathologist. Silver Valley has two speech therapists serving our students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Depending on the severity of their needs, preschool children are served through county programs in Barstow or Fort Irwin.


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