Helping students achieve success in school.
What is the Academic Evaluation and Intervention (AEI) Clinic?
The goal of the Academic Evaluation and Intervention Clinic (AEI Clinic) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) is to provide caregivers with information and strategies that will maximize their child's academic performance. The clinic is for children with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, genetic syndromes, and other disabilities that affect educational performance.
The clinic works to improve progress toward individualized learning goals. UNO School Psychology graduate student therapists complete individual assessments with children and develop an intervention. The intervention is then taught to the child’s caregiver to use at home. The child’s progress is monitored and shared with caregivers each week. We also work with the school when possible.
While the student is working one-on-one with MMI faculty and UNO School Psychology students, the parents also receive mentoring, information and support from MMI faculty, staff and partnering organizations. See our brochure.
This clinic is specifically designed to support children with intellectual, developmental, and learning disabilities. It provides one-on-one instruction for students to help identify their learning needs and then identify individualized learning goals. It also provides support to the child’s parents.
Services are provided by graduate students in the University of Nebraska-Omaha's school psychology program. Training and ongoing supervision is provided by licensed psychologists. The parent training sessions are staffed by MMI Parent Resource Coordinators, psychologists, graduate students, and staff from the Parent Training and Information Center of Nebraska.
We are able to help with a variety of skills such as those that are included on a child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). The skills may include early and more advanced skills in reading, math, writing, organization, functional skills (money, reading signs, writing name), and self-advocacy.
- First Appointment: The first appointment is a one-hour meeting focused on determining the family's goals for the child and developing a plan for meeting the child’s and family's needs.
- Assessment and Intervention Development: The next few sessions include assessment of the child’s academic skills to identify strengths and needs. Individualized interventions then are evaluated to improve the child’s skills in the areas of need.
- Parent Training and Home Implementation: After effective interventions are identified, parents are taught how to use the interventions at home. Using the interventions at home helps to build skills more quickly and allows the parent to be more involved in the child’s academic progress.
- Progress Monitoring: Progress is monitored in the clinic. At the conclusion of treatment, parents are taught how to continue to monitor their child’s academic progress.
- School Consultation: During the process, we will also consult with the child's school as needed to enhance home-school collaboration.
Our clinic provides support to both the child and the family. The child receives individualized education supports and the parents/guardians also benefit from this individualized instruction. Additionally, parents participate in a parent training session where they receive information on community resources, advocacy and learn about their rights in special education. Our clinic culminates to a Respite night, where during the last night parents are offered a night out while their children get to play games and have fun with MMI faculty, students and staff.
Topics for each of the one-hour trainings will include:
- Community resources
- Special education basics and parental rights
- Developing appropriate Individualized Education Program (IEP) goal
- Essential elements and methods of collaboration with school personnel and advocating for individual child needs
- Explicit academic instruction
- Effective instructional delivery
- Individualized parent tutoring
- Community Resources II and Respite services
- Monitoring progress
One-hour sessions are billed on a sliding scale fee based on family income. Payment is due prior to each session. Families may also choose to complete an application for a lower fee or scholarship. Please contact us to learn more about what assistance is available.
MMI faculty and staff work hard to make sure that we tailor this clinic for optimal learning. This means that we do have to limit class size which in turn means we might have a wait list. However, we strive to find a spot quickly. If can’t get you in right away, we will add you to our waiting list for the next session. Contact Anna Meador at 402-559-5730 to learn be added to the list.