PSJA Special Education Services

  • Inclusion
    Special Education students are serviced and supported by accommodations and modifications in the general education classroom, to the maximum extent appropriate, and sometimes with co-teachers and paraprofessionals on site.

    Resource Class
    These classes are designed to provide instructional assistance to students in mainstream classes. Emphasis may also be placed on development of organizational, study, and/or social skills.


    Content Mastery Class
    Special education students attend CMC for modifications of the regular curriculum, methods, and/or materials as defined by the ARD/IEP. CMC is proactive in nature through the coordinated effort and expertise of the regular and special educators.


    Homebound/Hospital Programs
    These programs are available to students who are expected to be confined at home or in a hospital, within PSJA boundaries, for a minimum of four consecutive weeks as documented by a physician.


    Infant Program
    This program is for students 0 to 3 who have been identified as visually impaired, auditory impaired, or deaf blind.


    Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD)
    This program is for eligible students, ages 3 through 5, who have been determined by the ARD/IEP committee to require early academic intervention.


    Regional Day School Program for the Deaf
    This program is for students ages 0 to 22 with a hearing impairment. Services are provided to eligible students in a variety of instructional settings.


    Psychological Services
    Students with emotional or behavioral disorders are provided therapy and other guidance. Teachers of those students are also coached on how to best service these students.

    Social Work Services
    Students in need of coping and other life skills are serviced and coached by certified state social workers.

    Visual Impairment
    Services are provided to children from birth through age 22, who have been identified as visually impaired. The unique needs of the child with visual impairment are addressed for children of all developmental levels.


    Adapted Physical Education
    This program is designed for eligible students with disabilities who cannot successfully participate in a regular physical education program. Individualized testing and instruction focuses on developmental games and remedial exercises as prescribed by a physician or physical therapist. Students also receive instruction in recreational skills for leisure sports and Special Olympics training, if appropriate.


    Assistive/Adaptive Technology
    Provided to eligible students who the ARD committee and Assistive/Adaptive Technology Team determine would benefit from an Assistive/Adaptive device.


    Occupational 'Therapy'
    Provided for developmental, corrective and other supportive services required to assist a student's motor skills as specified in the ARD/IEP.


    Physical Therapy
    Provided for developmental, corrective, and other supportive services required to assist a student as specified in the ARD/IEP.


    Speech/Language Therapy
    Provided for the evaluation and intervention of communication disorders of articulation, language, fluency and voice. Provided for eligible students whose communication skills adversely affect their developmental and/or academic skills.


    Transition Planning
    Planning process implemented at age 16 to assist students and their parents develop an Individual Transition Plan (ITP) that addresses their expectations after high school. The ITP can guide the student and school toward academic courses that tie into the post-secondary educational goals and/or assist them in identifying community resources needed.


    Visual Impairment
    Brailling skills, mobility, use and care of assistive devices for the visually impaired. Braille and large type materials are provided as appropriate.


    Other Related Services
    Provided as needed to assist the student with a disability to benefit educationally, as specified in the ARD/IEP.