Committee on Special Education (CSE)

The CSE deals with children with a diagnosed condition of mental, physical or emotional nature that prevents them from functioning independently in a mainstream classroom.  Each student identified by the CSE receives an individualized educational program (IEP) which is designed for that child.  School personnel, members of the CSE, and parents or guardians work together to bring about appropriate education for the students in the least restrictive atmosphere.  Some of the services provided include:

Consultant Collaborative Teaching: Small groups and individualized instruction are given to students by a special education teacher in collaboration with the classroom teacher in the regular classroom settings.

Remedial Services: Small group and individualized instruction are available in math, reading and language skills both in and out of the classroom setting.

PLUS:  Children are given instruction in core disciplines for 90 minutes or more a day in a push-in and sometimes, for mini-lessons, in a pull-out model.  Support instruction is given in the afternoon for the other discipline areas.

RTI:  Children who are targeted “at-risk” are given intensive reading instruction for 30 to 45 minutes, 3 times a week.  Teachers are trained to deliver Linda Mood Bell, Wilson, “Fundations,” Reading Recovery and PAF instruction tailored to meet individual needs.

Response to Intervention

The Response to Intervention Committee (RTI) meets to review students' progress, teacher referrals and recommendations to the Committee on Special Education (CSE).  The RTI committee functions first as an intervention team, and second as a screening team for student referrals.  Members of the team are the Principal, Psychologist, Language Specialist and the Special Education Teachers.  Teachers areencouraged to use the RTI committee as a resource team.

 

Psychologist

Consultation with the psychologist or social worker is available to parents, students and teachers by appointment.  Psychological services include the assessment of academic and/or social-emotional growth and issues related to general school adjustment.  The school psychologist or the part-time social worker schedules group counseling when it is appropriate.  Counseling services can only be conducted with parental permission.

 

Speech and Language Therapy

Our speech language pathologist diagnoses and treats those experiencing difficulty with communication.  She works closely with students and teachers in order to enhance children’s communication skills.  Throughout the school day the speech pathologist delivers services to small groups or pushing in to student’s classrooms. She works as a team with teachers on skills that children are learning in class.

Areas of communication that are addressed in a school environment are:

Speech - how we sound; both our language sounds and our voice

Language – how we understand and express ourselves.  Listening is a very important part of having good communication.  Language is our vocabulary, our ability to form sentences, to communicate our wants, needs, opinions and facts to one another.  It’s also our ability to understand language and comprehend material presented to us during the school day, as well as higher level thinking.

Articulation – the way our speech sounds.  When you are a baby, you get familiar with the language your parents use and you start to develop your hearing to recognize the sounds of your language.  Sometimes people have difficulty with this because of:

  • Structural issues - Weak muscles, incorrectly formed structures such as teeth, tongue, etc.
  • Incorrect rule development
  • Hearing difficulties

Pragmatics (social communication) –

  • good listening
  • Having a good conversation – waiting to speak, talking about the same topic
  • Manners
  • Asking for help
  • Changing the way we speak and language we use depending on the listener.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

The ESL Specialists screen all children who come from a home where another language, in addition to or instead of English, is spoken.  If needed, instruction is provided in listening, speaking, reading, writing and vocabulary.  Assistance with content and subject is also available