Child Study Teams
The Child Study Team is an interdisciplinary unit of professionals, composed of a school psychologist, school social worker, and learning disabilities teacher-consultant. Each building within the district is serviced by a full team. The purpose of the team is to respond to appropriate referrals from teachers, parents, and related school personnel who believe that a child may require an evaluation to determine if special services are warranted. Once an evaluated has been conducted, members of the Child Study Team meet with parents and teachers to determine whether or not the child is eligible for special education and related services. If a student is in need of special services, team members work with parents, teachers, administrators and other professionals to develop an appropriate Individual Education Program (IEP) for the student.
Learning/Language Disability Class
The learning and language disabilities program, a self-contained class, serves students who have similar educational needs related to their disabilities, in accordance with their individual education plans. Placement in a self-contained class occurs when the IEP team determines that no other school-based program can meet that student’s needs, based on the nature and severity of their disability. Self-contained programs offer instruction in the core curriculum content standards unless otherwise specified in the IEP.
Occupational therapists are part of the education team within a school district. The profession of occupational therapy is concerned with a person’s ability to participate in desired daily life activities or “occupations.” In the schools, occupational therapists use their unique expertise to help children to be prepared for and perform important learning and school related activities and to fulfill their role as students. In this setting, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants support academic outcomes. Occupational therapists bring specific knowledge and expertise to the education team to appropriately address student needs.
Physical Therapy service within the educational environment is provided to those disabled students who require the service to benefit from education or to be maintained in the least restrictive, most supportive environment. These services are directed toward the development and/or maintenance of the disabled pupil's physical potential for optimal functioning in all educationally related activities.
Resource Center Program
Classified students in need of extra assistance may spend part of each day in a resource center program, working individually or in small groups with a certified special education teacher. The rest of the day is spent in the regularly assigned classroom. The middle schools and high school offer several resource center programs. Revised regulations allow resource services to be offered to eligible students within the mainstream classes.
Counseling services within the school day are provided to students who require social and emotional support in order to benefit from their individualized educational program. School psychologists and school social workers assist students in either an individual or group setting with therapeutic activities that are based upon the goals and objectives outlined in each student's IEP.
This program is provided to all children who demonstrate a disability in this area that severely impacts their education. A certified speech specialist delivers these services. Parent involvement and cooperation are important components of the program.