School Psychologist

Lisa Asperheim, M.A., Ed.S., School Psychologist  

Telephone Number:   612-668-1143


Welcome!  It is a  pleasure to work with the students, staff, and families of Sheridan School.  As we enter the 2016-2017 school year, I also enter my 21st year providing psychological services to schools and my 11th year of employment with Minneapolis Public Schools.  Prior to working for MPS, I worked in urban, rural, and suburban school districts in the states of Idaho, Washington, Iowa, and Minnesota.  As a former MPS student, however, I am very pleased to be able to be a part of the MPS district and to continue my work with the wonderful students, families and staff of this district.  

School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.  They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school and the community for all students.  


Psychological services offered at Sheridan School include:  

  • Evaluation of students for special education services and consultation regarding special education programming.  
  • Consultation with staff, parents, and community support providers regarding childhood social, emotional, behavioral, and learning concerns.


What is Special Education?

“Special education” is instruction, specific to a child with a disability, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of that child.

Schools in Minnesota provide comprehensive special education services for students with disabilities from birth through 21 years of age. Guided by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) and Minnesota Rules Chapter 3525, Minnesota schools ensure that students with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education.

Special education services are available to students identified with one or more of the following 12 educational disabilities:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Deaf-Blind, Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Emotional or Behavioral Disorders
  • Developmental Cognitive Disability
  • Developmental Delay
  • Other Health Disabilities
  • Physically Impaired
  • Severely Multiply Impaired
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injured
  •  Visually Impaired

It is important to note: Students with disabilities are general education students first. They receive individualized special education support services in conjunction with the general education curriculum.  Special education is an instructional service, not a place.


How can a student receive special education services?

In order for a student to receive special education services, the student must qualify for, and need, services and have an Individual Education Plan (IEP).  An IEP is a comprehensive plan that addresses the unique needs of each individual student who receives special education services.

A comprehensive evaluation is conducted to determine if a student qualifies for services by meeting Minnesota state eligibility criteria under one or more of the 12 educational disability designations.  Once the evaluation is completed, the evaluation team will review the findings and determine if state eligibility is met and the student qualifies for, and needs, special education services.  Parent input into the findings and eligibility is also obtained. 

If the child is found eligible, an IEP is then drafted by the team (including the parents).  If the parent agrees to the proposed IEP, written consent is then obtained and special education services begin.  Special education services cannot begin without an IEP and written parent consent.