Department of Defense Education Activity

Special Ed


Shirley Lanham ES (LHES) currently offers Mild to Moderate Learning Impaired Special Education services to children who have been identified as having mild to moderate learning disabilities. The program supports students both in a pull out program and/or within the classroom with aide support through an inclusion model. the regular grade level curriculum is the major focus of the child's program. All PK-6 LHES grade students that are currently enrolled in the moderate to severe program are serviced at Arnn ES near Camp Zama. Bussing is provided for these students if necessary. All of our special education students are taught through a curriculum that extends beyond the classroom and school. It may include a community-based curriculum to ensure the development of critical daily living skills. 


The Gifted Education program is for students with extremely strong learning profiles in the areas of intellectual ability, academic achievement or performing arts.  Throughout the year, our Gifted Education students participate in a wide variety of activities that help them learn about topics such as enigmas, games mazes, problem-solving strategies, web quest Shakespeare, logic problems, and chromatography. 


"Child Find" is an ongoing process to locate and identify children between age’s birth to 21 years who show indications that they may be in need of specialized instruction and/or services. DoDDS and medically related service departments of the armed forces (EDIS) can provide information and assist with identification of students with special needs (physical, emotional, speech & language, learning). If you have concerns about a child not yet enrolled in school, please contact the following: Birth to age 3 - your pediatrician or EDIS, ages 3-5 - LHES Developmental Pre-School Program, Lanham Elementary, 264-3664. All referrals are confidential.


The school's Case Study Committee (CSC) coordinates all special education services in the school. Teachers or parents may refer students who are having any type of educational difficulties to the CSC. If the CSC recommends a multi-disciplinary team evaluation, parent approval is obtained. If this evaluation confirms the existence of a handicapping condition affecting learning, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that outlines the special program placement and objective to be pursued is developed for the student. Placement in special education is aimed at meeting the child's specific needs in the least restrictive environment. Parents are involved in all stages of this identification, evaluation, and placement process.

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PROGRAM (Communication Impaired)

A teacher or parent may refer children with suspected communication handicaps in the areas of articulation, language, fluency (stuttering), and/or voice to the speech therapist. Children receive therapy based upon assessment and observations that indicate a need.