Special Education

Special Education

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Special education services are provided in MSAD #28 as mandated by State and Federal Education Regulations.

Evaluations for eligibility and special education services are completed by a multidisciplinary team. Parents are encouraged to participate in all aspects of their child’s referral, evaluation, and programming development through the Pupil Evaluation Process (P.E.T.).

Once eligibility is determined, an Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.) is developed which may include a wide variety of services to meet the student’s individual needs. They can include, but are not limited to; direct services/instruction, support in the regular classroom in all academic areas, speech and language therapy, and occupational therapy. Extended school-year services are provided if the child is eligible. A wide variety of behavioral strategies and management systems are utilized for students with behavioral and emotional needs. Spectrum, a specialized program, works with children who are Autistic or have Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Bridges, another specialized program, focuses on students who have behavioral or emotional problems. Bridges staff also works with non-identified students in an effort to teach appropriate behaviors.

A variety of programs in many academic areas, including reading, math and written language are provided both in resource rooms and in regular classrooms.

A variety of techniques are used to meet the individual needs of each student as specified in their Individual Education Program (I.E.P.). All of the teachers, therapists, and the psychological examiner who deliver the services are fully certified, and the educational technicians have a wide variety of experience and training. A “common sense” approach to including all children in regular education classes is supported by a broad continuum of services.

School-based occupational therapy is designed to help improve the student’s ability to be successful in school.

Speech and language therapy is provided to identified students in Grades K- 4. These services are provided to meet individual articulation needs as well as receptive and expressive vocabulary and language needs. Direct services are provided either individually or in small groups in a designated speech/language therapy room at all school sites.

All plans for identified students are reviewed annually. These plans are called I.E.P.’s (Individual Education Plans). Parents are frequently provided their procedural safeguards which describe their rights and those of their child.

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