Special Education Services

For more information on services offered see the links below:

Alternative Programs
- Assistive Technology  - Audiology Department - Gifted and Talented
Inclusion - Speech Therapy - TechnologyVision and Hearing Impaired

Child Search

Livingston Parish Public Schools assures that all children, 3 through 21, residing within the jurisdiction of the school system who have a disability and are in need of special education, related, and/or special services are identified, located and evaluated. LPPS through the Child Search Coordinator will document that annual and ongoing activities are conducted to identify and locate children suspected of being exceptional and needing special education services. 

In accordance with the State Child Search Program, annual and ongoing activities are conducted to identify and locate children (ages 3 through 21) suspected of being exceptional and needing special education and/or related services.  The Livingston Parish child search designee is Heather Thibodeaux.   She may be contacted at
Child Search
Phone:  225-686-7600 ext 146    
Fax: 225-667-2084 

Alternative Programs

Hombound Instructional Services are part time instructional services provided to a regular or special education student who has a medically diagnosed medical or psychological/emotional condition that confines the student to the home environment or hospital for more than 10 consecutive days. Homebound is not intended to take the place of the educational program obtained through regular school attendance.  In order for homebound services to be approved, the expected duration of the medical/psychological/emotional condition that prohibits school attendance must be a minimum of 4 consecutive weeks.  To apply for homebound, the parent must contact the school to obtain the appropriate papers for the doctor to complete.

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology was first defined in the Technology-Related Assistance of Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 . Since that time the responsibility to provide assistive technology devices and services (when needed) has been mandated by the IDEA revisions of 1990 and 1997, the current revision of the Rehabilitation Act of 1992 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Livingston Parish School System has worked diligently to provide these mandated services. The parish has established an assistive technology team with a strong desire by the team members and administration to firmly establish a working system for providing assistive technology services to Livingston Parish students. This team has made significant progress in providing needed technology services.

Audiology Department

The Audiology Department has proudly served the students of Livingston Parish since 2007 by providing educationally related diagnostic Hearing Evaluations, Consultations, and Support for students with hearing related needs.

Parents with concerns regarding their child’s hearing should initially notify the child’s teacher or Child Search (if the child is not yet enrolled in school). Services are provided by our audiologist, Heidi McGovern, MA/CCC-A/SLP, who can be contacted at:

Livingston Parish Public Schools - Pupil Appraisal Center
29849 S. Magnolia St
Livingston, LA 70754

Audiological Services:
Phone:  225-686-7600 ext 114  
Fax: 225-667-2084

Useful links for Parents:

Functional Hearing Screening
High Risk Position Statement
Audio Case History Info Sheet
Organizations and Resources
Audiogram of Sounds (Down's)
Permissible Noise Levels
Authorization for Release of Medical Info

 Gifted and Talented

Livingston Parish Public Schools offers services for gifted and talented students in grades K-12.  Students are screened by the School Building Level Committee and recommended for evaluation if warranted.  Upon completing the evaluation, a committee will then develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for the identified eligible student.

Gifted students are offered enrichment or accelerated academic services.  Higher level and critical thinking permeates this curriculum.  The skills are taught in far less time than the regular classroom, so the student can advance on to more challenging work.

The Talented Program provides enrichment for students to further their artistic abilities in three different areas: Theater, Visual Arts, and Music.  Students may qualify for one or more of the areas, and will receive instruction, which will enhance their educational program through concentrated exposure to the arts.


Inclusion continues to grow in Livingston Parish. Most of the elementary schools have inclusion settings. Additionally many of our junior high/middle and high schools are also providing inclusive education.

Some of these schools are full inclusion schools and some are beginning this school year with small steps toward inclusive education.

The team inclusion approach enables exceptional students to remain in the general education classroom via the IEP process. The students receive the expertise of the content teacher AND the expertise of the special education teacher or trained paraprofessional.  The teachers work collaboratively to provide all accommodations, and modifications as appropriate for each student. Inclusion improves all students' chances of succeeding in the general curriculum.

Speech Therapy
Speech therapy services are available to students in preschool through high school. Speech Pathologists service students enrolled in regular classes, resource classes, combination classes and self-contained classes. Any child meeting the eligibility criteria for Speech or Language Impairment, according to Bulletin 1508, the Louisiana Pupil Appraisal Handbook, may receive speech and/or language therapy.

All special education teachers have computers in their classrooms.   Technical assistance with computers and software is available to all special education teachers and related service personnel.  The provision of this service assists special education personnel and related service providers in planning for students, teaching students and assessing students more effectively via the computer.

Vision Impaired and Hearing Impaired
Livingston Parish Public Schools provides services to hearing and visually impaired students through both itinerant and classroom programs. Educational Interpreters are available for hearing impaired/deaf students whose IEPs indicate the need for this service.Visually impaired students whose IEPs indicate the need for orientation & mobility (O&M) may receive those services from an orientation & mobility specialist.Braille and large print books are available to students needing this service.

 Livingston Parish Public Schools
Special Education Department
P.O. Box 1130
Livingston, LA 70754
Fax#: (225) 686-4335


Notice of Discrimination

The Livingston Parish School Board does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, national origin, disability or gender in its educational programs and activities (including employment and application for employment), and it is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of gender by Title IX (20 USC 168) and on the basis of disability by Section 504 (42 USC 794). The Title IX Coordinator is Stephen Parrill (, Assistant Superintendent, P.O. Box 1130, Livingston, LA 70754; Phone (225) 686-7044. The Special Education Director is Dr. Eric Penalber (; the LPPS 504 Coordinator is Monica Sullivan (, P.O. Box 1130 Livingston, LA 70754; Phone (225)686-4248.

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