Originally a full-time preschool teacher, Dr. Rene Hackney now holds a Master?s in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She trained at the Developmental Clinic at Children?s National Medical Center and for the public schools, teaching in parenting programs at each. She has also acted as a consultant to several area preschools.
For the last four years, Dr. Hackney has owned and lectured for Parenting Playgroups, Inc, a parenting resource center and preschool classroom in Alexandria Virginia. She has offered workshops to a wide
range of parent, teacher and social work groups during this time.
Workshop topics include eight hours on positive discipline techniques, five hours on early academic issues and common issues such as sibling rivalry and potty training. All workshops provide well researched lecture, in-class practice and open discussion time. Additionally she hosts a monthly parenting focused book club and fun play programs to introduce the preschool setting to young families.
Dr. Hackney is married and has two young children of her own.
Host: Who is served in each special education program?
Rene Hackney: Children are served in those, in each program based on their identification that they qualify for those services; often developmental delays are preschool age through second grade. In second grade if you have been diagnosed earlier with the developmental delay, those are often re-categorized into other things such as autism or learning disability or they go back into the regular education population. Depending on the scores, children with mental retardation are often served in two different classrooms, with the higher scores the 55 through 70s in the IQ range, those children are often mainstreamed and helped within the classrooms. If they are in the severe and profound range under the 55, then they are likely served in an independent classroom.