In a school environment a student may qualify for supplemental services to ensure Free Appropriate Public Education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Some students may need support to be successful in the classroom with the least restrictive environment in mind.
The support may come from the teacher first to see if providing more accommodations will help. The teacher will note and track the accommodations provided and will discuss with the team about progress or other strategies using Response to intervention (RTI) or Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). From there if the additional general education support is followed and the team deem that more support is needed special education services may be warranted.
Special Education is an umbrella term to help provide services for a student’s differences and other needs. Special education services may include and not be limited to speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, resource room, social work, psychology, and other specialized areas unique for the student.
The parent/guardian is an active member of the team. Below are some resources to share more knowledge of the process and handouts sharing your rights as a parent.
Maintaining the most current knowledge about a variety of topics including evaluation methods, instructional materials and skills to implement intervention strategies.
We provide direct observation of students in the school setting. In collaboration with teachers, we develop techniques to better communicate and assist with program modification to best fit the students' needs. Because of our passion for children and education, we prioritize providing optimum resources for school staff.