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Special Education

October 11 & 23, 2018

Mental Health Considerations for Students in Special Education

Consideraciones de salud mental para estudiantes en educación especial

Presented by Dr. Marc Lerner

Dr. Marc Lerner is a pediatrician specializing in developmental and behavioral medicine.  He is past president of the Orange County, California Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and chairs the executive committee of national AAP’s Council on School Health. Dr. Lerner has taught and cared for patients at the University of California, Irvine for 35 years.  He has served as a consulting pediatrician at UCI’s Child Development Center and the UCI Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Dr. Lerner was recognized as the AAP Chapter 4 Pediatrician of the Year in 2016 and an Orange County Medical Association 'Physician of Excellence'.   From 2011 until 2016 Dr. Lerner worked as the Medical Officer for the Orange County, California Department of Education.  Dr. Lerner began service with the Newport-Mesa Unified School District as a medical consultant in 20017.

What is Special Education?

Special Education is specialized instruction provided for children from birth to age 22 who qualify according to the laws and regulations outlined by the state and federal government. A student may qualify for special education services as an individual with special needs in one of thirteen areas identified by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These are:

  • Autism
  • Deaf
  • Deaf-Blind
  • Emotionally Disturbed
  • Hard of Hearing
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Handicapped
  • Orthopedically Impaired
  • Other Health Impaired
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech-Language Impaired
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visually Impaired

Search & Serve

Every child with a disability between the ages of birth to 22 is entitled to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).  Newport-Mesa Special Education Local Plan Area  (SELPA) offers programs for students with special needs in...

Behavioral ~ Cognitive ~ Learning ~ Motor ~ Physical ~ Speech/Language and other unique areas

To find out more contact the Special Education office at 949.515.6771.

Our objective is for all students to meet or exceed district standards. As professional educators, whether our role is in general education, special education, or administration, we believe it is our collective responsibility to support special education students to meet this objective. We understand the essential role parents and guardians have in student educational progress and are committed to fostering effective parent/school collaboration toward the best interests of students.


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Costa Mesa, CA 92627


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