Committee on Special Education

Continuum of Services

Students with disabilities shall be provided special education services in the least restrictive environment in order to enable disabled students to be educated with non-disabled peers to the maximum extent appropriate.

Related Services

Speech-Language Therapy: Speech-language therapy is available to children with communication difficulties impacting social, emotional, or educational growth. Eligibility for the program is determined by a comprehensive speech-language evaluation according to district guidelines.

Assistive Technology: Assistive technology services are provided to students with disabilities who need special supports to access their curriculum.
The district's assistive technologist:
  • Assesses, recommends, monitors and modifies general and assistive technology devices
  • Consults with and trains students, staff and families on the use of assistive technology
  • Provides students with ongoing training in current equipment, devices, hardware and software to meet their instructional needs 

Counseling: School psychologists with specialized training in both psychology and education provide assistance to educators, parents and students. School psychologists tailor their services to the particular needs of each child and each situation, and provide these services as needed:
  • Consultation with school staff, families, and/or students
  • Assessment to identify academic skills, learning aptitudes, personality and emotional development, social skills Counseling, conflict resolution, development of learning and behavioral plans
  • Prevention strategies to resolve learning, social, or behavioral difficulties
  • Professional development in such areas as teaching/learning strategies, classroom management techniques, crisis management 

Physical Therapy: Physical therapy is provided in the public school system to students whose gross motor skills significantly affect their educational access. Parents must obtain a doctor's prescription to obtain physical therapy services in school. The district's physical therapists:
  • Provide direct physical therapy services to students
  • Consults with and acts as liaison between teachers and school staff, students, and their families regarding physical therapy issues
  • Assesses, recommends, monitors, and modifies general and special equipment needed to meet student goals
  • Consults with private physical therapists and other health care providers to ensure continuity in the management of physical therapy issues in the school setting

Occupational Therapy: Occupational therapy in the school setting is for students whose fine motor or sensory needs significantly impair their educational performance and qualify them for services under Section 504. Parents must obtain a doctor's prescription to obtain occupational therapy services in school.

Functional areas addressed through occupational therapy include self help; functional mobility; positioning; communication; sensory motor processing; fine and gross motor performance; life skills training; and environmental adaptation for access and mobility.
Services may include the following:
  • Screening/assessing to identify deficits
  • Development of IEP goals/objectives
  • Consultation with staff and parents for implementing the student's program
  • Planning and implementing the IEP component related to occupational therapy goals/objectives

Teacher of the Visually Impaired: The program for students with visual impairment provides specialized instruction and services required to meet the unique educational needs of visually impaired students. The District offers consultative and itinerant services as indicated by a student's IEP. Some of these services include Braille instruction, academic support, assistive technology, orientation and mobility training.

Teacher of the Deaf and Hearing Impaired Services: A certified teacher of the deaf and hearing impaired will provide direct services to hard of hearing pupils and consultation to teachers. This service enables the pupil to be educated in the least restrictive environment. 
Instructional services might include: 
  • Training in manual communication and lip reading
  • Reinforcement of reading and math skills
  • Reteaching of regular classroom content areas
  • Management of hearing aids and auditory trainers
  • Modification of curriculum and instructional strategies


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