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Social Emotional

Thank you for stopping by to see resouces provided by the Care and Support Team (CAST) for students and families. The purpose of the team is to address the emotional and behavioral needs of OSD students and families.


The following people are on the CAST team:

  • Tabitha Belhorn, Parent Mentor 
  • Chris Johnson, Social Worker
  • Jessica Kales, Behavioral Healthcare Provider
  • Megan Kirby, Guidance Counselor
  • Rachel Martin, School Psychologist
  • Libby Swanson, Teacher and Behavioral Specialist


The CAST will focus on supporting students and families with the following services: 

  • Academic Support: manage schedules, materials, and routines, organize study times, practice ways to self-advocate, practice how to communicate with teachers
  • Social-Emotional Support: stress reduction and management, recognizing and managing emotions, behavior management, decision making, awareness of others, developing friendships and relationship, dealing with conflict, making good decisions
  • Academic & Career Planning: scheduling, four-year planning for college and career exploration, researching employers, training programs, military, and colleges, etc.
  • Parent to Parent Support: listen and gather feedback, provide information, connect families to resources, be a bridge between parents and school staff

Service Hours & Support

We are accessible through regular office hours and after hours by appointment. Please reach out to us via email, phone, text, or videophone for any help, questions, or concerns. See the chart below for more information. 

We want to share important information regarding communications, student safety, and CAST supports during distance learning and the COVID 19 pandemic. First, important notes and reminders regarding phone calls and appointments:

  • You may receive a phone call from a "No Caller ID" or "Unknown Number.” This might be a counselor calling you, please answer. 
  • Many school staff will use a video-phone with an interpreter to contact you. This is not an automated message. Please wait for the interpreter to introduce themselves at the beginning of the call before speaking. 
  • Previously scheduled appointments are still on! You will be contacted directly by the person you were scheduled to meet with.

Student Safety and Confidentiality

As always, we will do our best to maintain confidentiality-- any phone calls or email will be done privately on our end of the communication. We encourage you to do the same. Mandated reporting rules still apply, and we may need to share safety information that you share with us.

  • The Ohio School for the Deaf does NOT provide emergency/crisis services. If a student is expressing intent to harm themselves or others call 911. 
  • If you have a student safety concern: 
    • First, tell a parent/guardian who is with you. 
    • Next, choose from the following possible supports:
      • Call 911 if the threat is urgent and immediate 


      • Call your local Police non-emergency number for a wellness check. 
        • The police can visit the home of the student to see if they are okay and follow up accordingly.
  • If your concern happens during regular school hours and is NOT urgent and/or life-threatening. Choose from the following possible supports:
    • Contact someone from the support team listed below.
    • Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support Click Here
    • Call 211 to gain community support
    • Samaritans Hotline (call or text) (877) 870-4673



We know this time could be difficult for families, particularly if they are worried about health and safety as well. Here are some additional guidelines for discussing COVID19:

If you need anything, please reach out to the CAST for assistance. We miss you and are here to help, even from a distance! 


CAST Individual Contact Information

Name & Position

Contact Information

Office Hours

Tabitha Belhorn, 
Parent Mentor



8:00 am to 12:00 pm

*Additional times available by appointment

Chris Johnson,
School Social Worker



7:30 am to 3:30 pm

*Additional times available by appointment

Jessica Kales, 
Behavioral Healthcare Provider


7:30am to 3:30pm

*Additional times available by appointment

Megan Kirby,
Guidance Counselor




Rachel Martin, 
School Psychologist




Libby Swanson,
Behavioral Specialist




*Additional times available by appointment