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Provider Services
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Intervention Services  

The Intervention Unit of Southwestern Child Development offers a wide variety of services.  Qualified professionals with many years experience are available to provide early intervention, special education, and social-emotional behavior supports to young children in their natural environments.

  • Early interventionists who are certified in Infant/Toddler family services provide special instruction (CBRS) services to children and support to their families at home, off-site, in centers or other locations.  No matter the type of location families may choose, their child will receive quality services that have been individually designed for their child.
  • Professional leadership and pre-school special education is available in Southwestern’s Developmental Day centers and provided by licensed teachers. Itinerant preschool services are also available off site.
  • Other services offered by the Specialized Services Unit are targeted case management and respite care for families that qualify.  Professionals can also offer strategies for parents to use at home to support the development of their children.

Southwestern also employs therapists, paraprofessionals, early childhood educators and others who all work together to provide a comprehensive education program for all children.

Sherri McConnell

1228 Andrews Road, Murphy, North Carolina, 28906
Phone: 828.837.9155 | Email:

Sherri Mashburn works in Clay and Cherokee Counties. She has a Bachelors degree in Education and holds both a Birth-Kindergarten license and a K-12 license. Sherrie also holds an Infant/Toddler Family Specialist Certificate from the Infant/Toddler Program of North Carolina. She provides special education (CBRS) services to children 0-3 years of age and consults for children ages 0-5. Sherri has experience serving children with Angelman’s Syndrome, Autism, Down’s syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Vision Impairments.
Lucy Pickens

165 Sloan Road, Franklin, NC 28734
Phone: 828.524.5100 | Email address is:

Lucy Pickens serves children with special needs in Macon County. Lucy has a Bachelor's In Early Childhood Education with a K-6 Licenses. She also has an Infant/Toddler Certificate and provides special education (CBRS) to children in the Infant/Toddler Program in daycare centers and home based settings. Lucy also provides Targeted Case Management services for children with developmental disabilities ages 3-5.
Nicky Passarello

Webster Administrative Office
Phone: 828.586.5561, ext. 107 | Email:

Nicky Passarello is an Early Interventionist and Special Educator serving children ages 0-5 in Jackson and Swain counties and the Qualla Boundary. Nicky has a Masters in Education and holds a Birth Kindergarten License, K-12 License and has a level twelve Early Educator Certificate. Nicky also has an Infant/Toddler Certificate and provides special education (CBRS) to infant/toddlers in the home and day care centers. She provides pre-school education services for children with developmental delays 3-5 years of age at Webster Early Education and Preschool. Nicky has experience working with Autistic Children, children with Down’s syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and vision impairments.

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Sulina George

Phone: 828.456.4473 | Email:

Sulina George - Clinical Coordinator, Specialized Services, coordinates early intervention, special education and developmental disabilities services in 7 counties operated by Southwestern Child Development. Sulina has a Master’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Special Education. She has a K-12 License and a Birth-Kindergarten License. She provides clinical supervision for intervention services and Targeted Case management for developmentally disabled clients. She also consults with private daycare and pre-school centers to refer and place children in early intervention and for a variety of needs.

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