Additional Supports and Services
The Visually Impaired (VI) program provides a range of services to students served in a variety of classrooms; these services may include instruction in Braille and use of low vision devices, special training using computer software for the visually impaired, modification of instructional materials for visually impaired students and consultation with classroom teachers; additional support includes Orientation and Mobility.
Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy
School Occupational and Physical Therapy programs are designed to support a
student's success in his educational program and are provided as related services to students with disabilities who need the service in order to benefit from their educational programs. The appropriateness and extent of these services varies in order to meet the educational needs and is determined by assessment and consideration of needs by the ARD Committee.
Speech and Language
School-based Speech Therapy supports the educational program for students who have a disorder in communication involving articulation, language, fluency and/or voice. Speech and Language Therapists work as members of a multidisciplinary team that serves children schoolwide in the development of communication and language skills needed for school success.
Adapted Physical Education is a diversified program which provides a range of services to students with disabilities who cannot safely and successfully engage in a general education PE program. Services range from consultation in the general education class to specialized adapted PE classes which consist of variety of developmental gross motor activities, games and sports which are suited to the interests, capacities and limitations of students with disabilities.
Counseling as a related service is provided in order to enable students with disabilities to make measurable progress, or receive benefit from their IEPs. School-based counseling focuses on improving social, emotional and behavioral problems to support progress in the educational process. It may be provided as a direct service or as an indirect services. Direct services include face to face interactions with the student whereas indirect services are provided through consultation and support to other providers.
Our Audiological Resource Unit provides a complete audiologic evaluation by an Educational Audiologist for children, birth to 22 years of age. District schools refer students that they suspect may have a hearing loss either by a failed audiometric screening or teacher/parent concerns. The Educational Audiologist also provides services to students in the Regional Day School Program for the Deaf; they provide consultative services to students receiving itinerant services and provide support and professional development regarding the use of residual hearing and amplification systems to teachers, staff and parents.
Transition Services focus attention on how each student's educational program can be planned to help the student meeth his/her goals for a successful transition to adulthood. Transition specialists assist in the planning and delivery of transition services for all students with disabilities, beginning at age 14 or younger, to prepare them for transition from school to adult living.