Support Services

Support Services

At Briarwood, we craft tailored educational programs to meet the unique needs of every student.

Wilson Language Program
The Briarwood School is committed to effective instructional practices that align with a structured literacy approach as recognized by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).

The Wilson Language program is recognized by the IDA to deliver excellence in the Structured Literacy approach for students who experience unusual difficulties learning to read. 

The Wilson Language program offers three Structured Literacy programs: Fundations, Just Words, and Wilson Reading System.  Fundations and Just Words can be provided in the classroom setting, while Wilson Reading System is delivered via small group instruction with 4-6 students.

The Briarwood School uses each of these Wilson Language programs to meet the unique learning needs of our students with language-based learning differences.

Once a student’s program is defined, we create small class groupings to deliver effective instruction. Students are placed in core classes with specialized teachers for needed remediation or to challenge areas of strength. In addition to core classes, each student is assigned to an intervention class based on need.

Lower School Students

Focused Intervention Time (F.I.T.) is an opportunity for Lower School students to receive additional instruction in an area that is challenging for them. All Lower School students attend a F.I.T. class during the school day that is intended to address their area of greatest academic need, whether that be decoding, math, or writing. Students are able to attend all of their regular classes in addition to F.I.T. 

Middle and Upper School Students

In our Middle and Upper programs, students are placed in Reading Remediation Classes.

  • Reading remediation courses are designed to deliver intensive small-group intervention in areas of reading: phonemic awareness, fluency, or reading comprehension.                  
Learning Labs and Mastery

Lower School Students

Briarwood Learning Labs and Homework Help. For an additional fee, students can receive either an extra academic support class (a FIT class) or homework help from a Briarwood teacher on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Homework help is also available from the Extended Care staff Monday through Friday after school.

Middle and Upper School Students

Mastery is a monitored, structured study hall that is offered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons following the academic school day. Any student is welcome to work and receive general assistance from the proctor in the Learning Lab.

Tutorial Appointments can be scheduled with individual teachers for individual or group tutorial assistance.


While Briarwood is not a therapeutic setting, the support of our students in all aspects of their educational experience is essential. School counselors play a critical role in fostering the well-being of students and families, and in building a positive school culture and climate.

The Counselors work strategically to promote student success. In addition to working directly with students, the Counselors partner with parents, faculty/staff, administrators, and professionals in the community. 

Lilly Chapman, LMSW
Lower School Counselor

M.A. - Social Work, Specialization in Child and Youth, Louisiana State University

B.S. - Social Work, Louisiana State University

Toni La'Zurs, M.A., M.Ed., LPC-S
Middle and Upper School Counselor, Director of Community and Belonging

M.Ed. - Counseling, Sam Houston State University

M.A. - Social Sciences, California State University at Fullerton

B. A. - Criminal Justice, California State University at Fullerton
Speech & Language Team

Students diagnosed with learning differences often present with a language disorder, a cognitive communication disorder, and/or a social communication disorder. Speech sound disorders and phonological disorders can also increase the risk for academic and social-emotional difficulties.

At The Briarwood School, the Speech and Language Department is composed of highly trained, licensed, and certified Speech-Language Pathologists who specialize in the understanding of the vast language literacy network and executive function skills. Screenings, evaluations, and individualized therapy services are able to be provided during the school day. Our department provides individual and small group treatment one to four times weekly, both in and out of the classroom. 

Ellie Buchmann, MA, CCC-SLP
Director of Speech and Language, Appointed 2021

M.A., Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University, 2005

B.S., Communication Sciences and Disorders, The University of Texas at Austin, 2002

Stephanie Foreman, MCD, CCC-SLP
Appointed 2000

M.C.D., Communication Disorders, LSU Medical Center, 1995

B.A., Pre-Professional Speech Pathology, Louisiana Tech University, 1994

Jessica Glazner, MS, CCC-SLP, ADHD-CCSP, ACC
Appointed 2021

ADDCA Associate Certified Coach, 2023

M.S., Speech and Hearing Sciences, The University of Arizona, 2002

B.S., Communication Sciences and Disorders, The University of Texas at Austin, 2000

Shelly Howard, MS, CCC-SLP
Appointed 2007

M.S., Communication Sciences and Disorders, The University of Texas at Dallas, 1999

B.S., Communication Sciences and Disorders, The University of Texas at Austin, 1997

Olivia Murphy, MA, CCC-SLP
Appointed 2022

M.A., Communication Sciences and Disorders, The University of Texas at Austin, 2014

B.S., Communication Sciences and Disorders, The University of Texas at Austin, 2012

Jill Sevier, MA, CCC-SLP
Appointed 2021

M.A., Communication Disorders, University of Houston, 2000

B.A., Communication Sciences and Disorders, Baylor University, 1997

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