Amy's P.A.L.S.  
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 Where Learning is Fun!


The Preschool Assessment &

Learning Services Center 

The Preschool Assessment & Learning Services Center provides comprehensive developmental assessments for children aged 3 to 5. The developmental evaluation may include measures to assess the five developmental domains. They include adaptive development (self-help skills), cognitive development (intellectual abilities), communication (speech & language), physical development (fine & gross motor skills), and social / emotional development (social skills & emotional control). Referrals to the PALS Center can be made by parents, the Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS), and Head Start Programs. Tailored to the specific needs of the child, each assessment is completed by a multidisciplinary team of professionals in close collaboration with the family.

The intent of the assessment process is to identify present levels of performance to facilitate consideration of whether a child meets eligibility criteria as set forth by the Tennessee Department of Education in areas such as speech impairments, language impairments, health impairments, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, and intellectual disabilities. If a child is found to be eligible for IDEA services as a student with a disability, the PALS Center staff in conjunction with the district’s lead teacher will facilitate an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to develop an individualized education plan. Services range from the provision of speech and language services in the child’s home zoned school to comprehensive special education services in a school-based or center-based preschool setting. 




In Loving Memory of our colleague and friend,

Amy Piazza
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the Hamilton County Department of Education Exceptional Education Department dedicates and renames the P.A.L.S. Center to the
Amy Piazza
Preschool Assessment and Learning Services Center

on May 18, 2017


Meet Our Team

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Kathy Petros,

Exceptional Education Supervisor
Assessment Services, A. Piazza PALS Center, Private / Homeschool Services,
Vision & Gifted Services, EasyIEP, & ExEd Inventory

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Pam Blackwell
Education Diagnostician
 Celeste Hochrein 
Speech Language Pathologist
 Marion Keiss
Education Diagnostician
 Kathleen Mahn
Speech Language Pathologist
 Kristen Cobb
Psychologist
Carrie Melford
Secretary 



 Inquiries should be directed to:
Amy's P.A.L.S.
(Preschool Assessment & Learning Services Center)
1161 W.40th Street, Suite 215
☎️423.498.7200
📠423.498.6658 


 Documents & Links
 PALS Milestones  Preschool CDC Parent Handbook

PALS TDOE Procedural Safeguards (English)

PALS TDOE Procedural Safeguards (Spanish)