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Speech and Language Pathologist
February 25, 2020
February 25, 2020
February 25, 2020
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Speech and Language Pathologists
Sometimes called speech therapists, Speech and Language Pathologists assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent disorders related to speech, language, cognitive-communication, social skills, voice, swallowing, and fluency.
School Psychological Services
School Psychologists conduct psycho-educational or psycho-emotional evaluations, counseling geared towards maximizing a student’s academic, behavioral, and social progress at school. Social Skills counseling is also available. Family counseling also available geared towards optimizing consistency, structure, and good communication between home and school. Our School Psychologists are also trained to conduct interim placement IEP meetings and are used for their expertise during Possible Change of Placement IEP meetings, the development of Behavior Support Plans, Behavior Intervention Plans, Functional Analysis Assessments, and Manifestation Determination IEP meetings. School Psychologists are also Behavior Intervention Case Managers. They are playing an increasing role in the Response To Intervention (RTI) process. Their assessment findings help to determine whether or not a student qualifies as a student with an educational disability. If a student is identified with an educational disability than the School Psychologist typically facilitates discussion on the Least Restrictive and Most Appropriate Educational Environment for a student to receive their free and appropriate public education.
Educational Specialists (Special Education Teachers)
Provide Specialized Academic Instruction to students with educational disabilities. They are also experts at using curriculum-based assessment or standardized academic assessments to assess a student's academic functioning levels. They are able to break the curriculum down into manageable parts so the student is able to achieve maximum academic progress. They also act as case managers to students on their caseload and are responsible for staying in compliance with the student’s goals and objectives and Individualized Education Plan.
Educational Specialist Instructional Assistants
Provide instructional support services to students with Exceptional Needs. They work under the supervision of the Educational Specialists and creatively work to scaffold the curriculum into manageable ‘chunks’ for the students to be academically successful.
Help students improve their ability to perform tasks in school. They work with individuals who suffer from a mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling condition. Occupational therapists help students not only to improve their basic motor functions and reasoning abilities, but also to compensate for permanent loss of function. The goal is to help students have independent, productive, and satisfying lives.
Work with students with disabilities and serious health impairments. The physical therapist is expected to analyze risk, problem solve effectively and demonstrate a high level of professional judgment when recommending and providing services, making environmental modifications and training staff to manage physical needs at an appropriate level of supervision.
Adaptive Physical Education Teachers
Adaptive Physical Education (APE) is an adapted, or modified, physical education program designed to meet the individualized gross motor needs, or other disability-related challenges, of an identified student. The program can be provided one-on-one, in a small group, or within the general physical education setting. The APE instructor needs to be trained in assessing and working with special needs children. Lesson plans, rubrics, and worksheets need to be adapted for the needs of the children.
Visual Itinerant Services
A Visual Itinerant Teacher is an individual who provides services to children with visual impairments in the school setting. Certified vision teachers provide necessary accommodations in order for students to access their educational environment and materials. Services may include individual instruction in the use of specialized equipment to compensate for vision loss, integrated instruction in the classroom, and consultation with appropriate staff. Typical target areas of service include: strengthening visual concepts and skills, organization in the classroom, large print and Braille instruction, and consultation with teachers.
Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialists
Help students with visual impairments learn to travel independently. These dedicated professionals work with infants, children, and adults who have visual impairments to help them adapt to and navigate through their environment using their remaining senses.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher
Someone who provides educational support to deaf and hard of hearing students typically mainstreamed in regular education. They provide direct services to some students and consulting services to their teachers and other adults who work with the students. Services can include small group instruction and 1:1 instructional support.
Responsibilities for School Nurse: Perform hearing, vision and other health screenings, treat students and staff as needed, develop care plans for students with ongoing conditions, consult with teachers, school administrators and other school staff regarding student care, administer medication, monitor student immunization records, educate students and staff on health procedures and help students who have feeding disabilities