Special Services

The New Haven Community Schools is part of 21 school districts serviced by the Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD) which provides special education support.

Because the needs of the handicapped students are so different and frequently require special attention, students are tested to see if they meet state and federal qualifications guidelines.  If students qualify, a meeting is held with teachers and parents to determine support and an Independent Educational Plan (IEP) is written.  New Haven Community Schools provides opportunities for students with special education needs to participate in both general education and appropriate alternatives such as resource room and teacher consultant services. Our local programs include the following

Speech and Language Services: We offer speech and language services to grades preschool through 12.  These services are government mandated and are part of the special education program.  A child must meet specific guidelines to qualify.  Communication disorders treated include those involving language, articulation, voice and fluency.

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) children are students age three to seven who have not progressed in speech and language, social skills, or learning as most children do.  State and federal laws for special education set out guidelines for evaluation of these students and after proper evaluation a meeting is held to determine eligibility and an Individual Education Plan is written and the student can attend and receive any and all services that are deemed necessary by the IEP team. If the student needs further speech or other services, these services can continue into the elementary grades until the IEP team determines the student can either go into the general education without support or with whatever support he/she may need.

Learning Disabled (LD) students are identified after the Response to Intervention model, part of federal and state law, is applied and the student is not making the progress that might be expected. After a child study meeting is held, a referral may be made to the special education director. Most LD students receive their education in general education with the support of a resource room teacher or teacher consultant. In secondary buildings, most special education teachers are co-teachers along with the general education teachers. This allows the students to receive the same curriculum as the general education students. 

Process for the Identification of Specific Learning Disabilities: Technical Assistance Paper

Other areas of special education are Autism Spectrum Disorder, Emotional Impairment, Cognitive Impairment and Physically Impaired or Otherwise Health Impaired, to name a few.  Each of these are treated individually to determine the needs of the student and an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is written.

The ECSE program is a special services preschool for children living in the New Haven School District. Children between the ages of three to five may be eligible for this program based upon developmental need. The ECSE program services children who have difficulty in the following areas:

  • Understanding and following directions
  • Expressing thoughts and ideas
  • Saying words or sentences
  • Developing gross and fine motor skills
  • Acquiring social skills/Interacting with others    
  • Learning new concepts for school readiness

The ECSE classroom provides a language-enriched environment with a play-based curriculum. This allows children to learn the basic skills for school readiness at their own pace through hands-on experiences in a wide variety of activities. ECSE is a half day program. Busing is provided.

There is NO COST for this program if your child qualifies. Children must be evaluated by special services to determine need.

Please contact the Special Services Department at 586-749-9535 for information regarding assessment. 


Concerns about children age birth to three?  Please contact the Macomb Intermediate School District for FREE developmental evaluations at (586) 228-3463.

The Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD) is a regional education body that works to enhance the education of students in all county public school districts, charter schools and private/parochial schools.   It has many resources to provide quality educational opportunities for general education and special education students, technical and instructional support to school employees, and leadership in all areas impacting education.  It’s largest service is to oversee all special education programs in the county, and operate seven schools that service more severely impaired students. It is the largest ISD in Michigan that provides direct services to students.

Parents, school personnel, and the community at large are active partners in planning, delivering and evaluating many MISD services and programs. MISD special education services range from assistance to students within our district classrooms to the operation of special county schools and programs. This assistance even extends to students who cannot attend school. 

MISD Special Education services, explanations, and contacts:

  1. The MISD offers a large number of resources to help parents maximize their children’s education.  For example, an Early On – Macomb (http://www.misd.net/EarlyOn/) section of their website has 10 topics related to infants and toddlers from birth to 36 months who have developmental delays or established conditions that may lead to delays.  

  2. The MISD website (misd.net) also has many valuable Special Education Web Links (http://www.misd.net/SEMGTService/WorldWideWebLinks.htm) that are generally helpful to special educators and parents.

  3. MISD Center Program Schools: The mission of the MISD Center Programs (http://www.misd.net/CenterProg/) is to improve each student's ability to function independently. This is accomplished by developing and supporting comprehensive educational programs in partnership with students, their parents, local educational agencies (LEA) and community served by the MISD. The specialized center programs offered by the Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD) provides the following educational support opportunities for our students:  Autistic Impaired (AI), Physically or Otherwise Health Impaired (POHI), Trainable Mentally Impaired (TMI), Severely Mentally Impaired (SMI), Severely Emotionally Impaired (SEI), Visually Impaired (VI), and Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPPS).

The following are the MISD’s Center Program Schools

Autistic Impaired


Lutz School

Maple Lane

Neil Reid



Regional Special Education Services

The titles below provide a complete description of the many special services outlined on the MISD website: (NOTE: Create a link from each title to the MISD website information)

Project Find
Reaches out to locate students with special needs who are not receiving services 

Assessment Center
Evaluates the educational needs of those who may have handicapping conditions

Early On (Birth to Three) http://www.misd.net/EarlyOn/default.htmProvides and coordinates assessment of infant and toddlers who need educational and other community services

Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP)
Provides educational services to handicapped infants/toddlers (Ages birth to three) and  families

Special Education Consultants (http://www.misd.net/seconsult/default.htm)

Consultant for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Physically Impaired and Otherwise Health Impaired (http://www.misd.net/CenterProg/asd.htm)

Programs for Students with Severe Language Impairments (http://www.misd.net/SEconsult/MichiganSpeechLanguageGuidelinesRevised12-06.pdf)

Electronic Forms and Procedures
Develops forms and procedures that are required by current Special Education Rules and Regulations (in collaboration with the Macomb County Association of Administrators of Special Education)

Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)
This group serves in an advisory capacity to develop the MISD County plan for special education services and to support parents of students with disabilities..  It also provides parents in local districts with information about resources available for children with special challenges.  The PAC group meets monthly.  If you have more questions about this group, please call the Special Services Department at 749-9535.

Support and Related Services 
Delivers specialized supportive and related services for students in regular schools and those who cannot attend school.

Assistive Technology
Maintains a learning materials center and lending library of assistive devices for  handicapped students.

Management Services
Develops service delivery plans, and monitors compliance to the plan
- Collects data on students with handicapping conditions
- Provides technical consultation to special educators and parents.
- Supports locally operated education programs.

All of New Haven Schools provide speech and language support for children needing intervention in the following areas:

  • Articulation (speech sounds, lisp, unintelligibility)
  • Expressive Language
  • Receptive Language
  • Pragmatic Language (social language/peer interaction)
  • Fluency (stuttering, rate of speech)
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication/Assistive Technology

Home Practice Strategies and Activities

  • Home practice is key to maintaining good speech!
  • Practice daily for at least 5 minutes.
  • Let your child select motivating activities that interest them.
  • Model "correct" sounds for your child from time to time.
  • Incorporate practice into what you are already doing around the house.
  • Communicate with your SLP!

Home Practice Websites

Additional Resources
*Speech Sound Development Chart 

* How Does Your Child Hear and Speak?  What should they be doing at each age.

* Specific Speech and Language Disorders

* Stuttering Foundation

* Information Regarding Autism Spectrum Disorder

* Assistive Technology

* Additional Community Speech and Language Providers

The Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD) sponsors a countywide Bilingual/English As A Second Language (ESL) education program. This program enables students to have equal access to education in a classroom where English only is spoken. It provides bilingual instructional assistants who help limited English proficient (LEP)/English Language Learner (ELL) students to learn English and to achieve competency in English language and reading skills.

For information on New Haven’s Bilingual Education Program, contact:
Diane BrohlELL Secretary, at 749-5123 x 3410

In cooperation with the Macomb Intermediate School District, we can assist parents and their families while they are temporarily between homes.  Here is a listing of Education Services available.

  1. Community Assistance  
    The Education Project for Homeless Children and Youth is always looking for community assistance. 
    Due to limited financial resources we are often in need of donations, please use the link above
  2. (Community Assistance)
    for information on donating items.
  3. Services Provided At the MISD the homeless education project liaison works with both Macomb County schools and the community to assist homeless students and their families. One of Mary Lebioda's roles as liaison is to make districts aware of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Students Assistance Act and to help schools comply with No Child Left Behind Law. Laws supporting homeless students
  4. Statistics on Homeless Children
  5. County Resources School Assistance, Macomb County Emergency Shelters and Other Resources. County Wide Resources   
  6. Web Resources Links to the following websites:  Homes for the Homeless,National Center for Homeless Education, National Coalition for the Homeless, Michigan Department of Education, Office of Government Services and Customer Satisfaction, Office of Education's Referent, Michigan Coalition Against Homeless and information on Education Resource Books.
  7. Workshops - Click on link (Workshops), choose "View by Interest" and then "Economically Disadvantaged" and click GO.  www.misd.net
  8. For more information contact Diana Wheatley at 586-749-5104, at New Haven Schools, or Mary Lebioda, the MISD’s Homeless Education Liaison, at mLebioda@misd.net.
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Michele Taylor

Supervisor of Special Education
Phone: 586-749-5123
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Diane Brohl

Pupil Accountant/ Special Education Secretary