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Students With Special Needs

Buckeye Elementary School District (BESD) provides a range of educational programs for students with special needs. At each of our schools, the IEP team determines program placement of each student based on the principle of the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). LRE means that a student is to participate in as much of the general education program as is appropriate in view of his/her educational needs. In other words, the district will remove children from the regular classroom only when the nature or severity of the child’s disability is such that the child’s education in regular classes, with supplementary aids and services, cannot be satisfactorily achieved. Additionally, the child’s program should be located as close to home as possible; meaning that the program options at the child’s neighborhood school are reviewed first. All students will participate in non-academic and extracurricular services and activities with non-disabled peers to the maximum extent appropriate.

Definitions of Services

Assistive Technology (AT) - a system of tools and strategies which enable a student to function to their maximum potential - educationally, socially, and in their activities of daily living; this could be any tool modified for a student’s optimum ability to utilize it.

Ancillary Services - support services required to allow students to participate in educational programs as fully as possible along with their peers.  They are part of the MET as necessary.  Their goals and objectives and are educationally based and sometimes integrated. They provide programs and teach adaptations to regular and special education teachers.  They demonstrate the use of specialized equipment, modify classroom equipment and provide in-services.  Service delivery depends on the LRE placement determined at the IEP by the team. The following is a list of ancillary services:

Occupational Therapy (OT) - intervention by an occupational therapist, designed to address specifically identified goals and objectives for qualifying special education students.  The occupational therapist provides assessment, consultative and direct therapy services in the areas of perceptual, fine motor, sensory motor, oral motor, and self-help skills.  Occupational therapists will often work with students in their classrooms, throughout campus, during P.E. or while eating lunch.

Physical Therapy (PT) - intervention by a physical therapist designed to address specifically identified goals and objectives for qualifying special education students.  The physical therapist provides assessment, consultative and direct therapy services for mobility skills that are required to move throughout the school and participate in school activities.  Physical therapists often work with students in their classroom, during P.E. throughout campus or while loading and unloading the bus.

Speech Therapy (SLP) - intervention by a speech therapist designed to address specifically identified goals and objectives for qualifying speech/language disabled students.  The speech therapist provides assessment, consultative and direct therapy services for deficit areas including: articulation auditory processing language acquisition or expression.  Speech therapists often work with students in their classrooms, throughout campus, and while eating lunch.

 Visual Impairment (VI) - intervention by a vision therapist designed to address specifically identified goals and objectives for qualifying functionally vision impaired students.  The vision therapist provides assessment, consultative and direct therapy for students who are blind or visually impaired.  Vision therapists often work with students in their classroom, throughout campus and during P.E.

Hearing Impaired Therapy (HI) – intervention of Deaf or hard of hearing can mean mild through profound, bilateral or unilateral, sensor neural or conductive, permanent or fluctuating hearing loss, with or without amplification, as documented in a comprehensive audiological evaluation administered by a licensed audiologist.

 

Contacts:

Joni Cesario
Special Programs Director
623-925-3439
jcesario@besd33.org

Bonita Tatum
Special Education Coordinator
623-925-3436
btatum@besd33.org

Amber Burwell
School Psychologist/ Self-Contained TOSA
623-386-4487 x 3348
aburwell@besd33.org

Debbie Dunning
Special Education Administrative Assistant
623-925-3405
ddunning@besd33.org