Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (AT) is the provision of service or device that is used to address the educational needs of a student with a disability. It enables students with disabilities to access the curriculum, increase independence, and participate actively in education

Augmentative Communication

Augmentative Communication services are added to the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) when an evaluation conducted by an Assistive Technology Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) determines that the student requires supports beyond what are readily available in the classroom to be successful in their school/work environment. Augmentative and Alternative Communication support services are a supplementary aid and service that assists classroom teachers and campus Speech Language Pathologists with students with severe communication disabilities in an effort to participate more fully in their educational, social, and work environments. There are a variety of augmentative communication supports provided, including picture communication systems, electronic voice output devices, and visual teaching strategies.

Music Therapy

School-based occupational therapy (OT) and physical therapy (PT) are related services which support students with disabilities to facilitate their independence, success, and safety in the educational environment. Students who are eligible for Special Education services may be referred by the Annual Review and Dismissal (ARD) committee for an OT and/or PT evaluation. Therapy services are provided to assist a student in reaching their IEP objectives as set by the ARD committee.

Occupational & Physical Therapy

School-based occupational therapy (OT) and physical therapy (PT) are related services which support students with disabilities to facilitate their independence, success, and safety in the educational environment. Students who are eligible for Special Education services may be referred by the Annual Review and Dismissal (ARD) committee for an OT and/or PT evaluation. Therapy services are provided to assist a student in reaching their IEP objectives as set by the ARD committee.

Orientation & Mobility

Orientation and mobility training (O & M) helps a blind or visually impaired student know where he is in space and where he wants to go (orientation). It also helps him be able to carry out a plan to get there (mobility). Orientation and mobility skills should begin to be developed in infancy, starting with basic body awareness and movement, and continuing on into adulthood as the individual learns skills that allow him to navigate his world efficiently, effectively, and safely.

Instruction for Students with Visual Impairments

Services for students with visual impairments are instructional strategies for students whose loss of vision, even with correction, adversely affects their educational performance. Certified Teachers of the Visually Impaired provide services for students with visual impairment from birth to 21 years of age.

Service delivery is either direct or consultative and is provided to students in the least restrictive environment, ranging from a one-on-one environment to inclusion in the classroom. Consultative services are also provided to educational staff and families. The scope of staff and family consultations encompasses the sharing of information regarding the student’s eye conditions, student’s needs in the classroom and at home, the provision of specialized materials, suggestions for strategies to facilitate student success, and referrals to outside agencies.

Adapted Physical Education

Adapted Physical Education (APE) services are provided when an evaluation conducted by an APE teacher determines that the student requires modifications to be successful in a general education physical education class. After the ARD/IEP committee has made the recommendation and the services are specified in the student’s IEP, physical education for students with disabilities may be provided in the general education PE class by physical education teachers, special education teachers, or paraprofessionals.

Related Services

Related services are supportive services provided to students with disabilities to assist them in benefitting from special education and are determined based on evaluation data reviewed by the student’s ARD committee. Related services include occupational therapy, orientation and mobility services, physical therapy, and music therapy.

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