Special Education Support Services
Student-support professionals are available to assess individual student needs, develop intervention plans, and provide therapeutic instruction. These professionals serve students whose disability is such that they can be effectively educated within a general education classroom when support is provided. Assistance is provided to students, parents, and school personnel. Such services include:
Speech and Language Pathologist
Serves students identified as eligible for services due to an impairment which adversely affects educational performance in any of the following areas: articulation, voice, fluency, and language.
Provides services to those students for whom a physician has specified treatment required to meet the students’ educational needs. These services may be provided through consultation with teachers in lieu of direct student contact.
Serves those students who are referred for diagnostic evaluations to determine whether a student is eligible for special education programs and/or services. The focus of these services includes planning educational interventions, curriculum, and management / teaching strategies for students in consultation with school personnel and parents.
Provides services to those students for whom improved motor functioning would allow them to achieve a higher level of independence in activities of daily living. These services may be provided through consultation with teachers in lieu of direct student contact.
School Social Worker
Offers diagnostic and treatment services to students who display persistent maladaptive behavior patterns which interfere with learning. Provides support to their families. Services include the following: screening; diagnostic evaluation; individual, group, and family casework; consultation in the role of a school-community liaison.
Provide instructional services to students who are enrolled in special education programs. Instructional services are supportive of the special education teacher. Provide instructional services to a student whose disability is such that the student may be educated effectively within a general education classroom if this service is provided to the student. Instructional services are supportive of the general education teacher.
Homebound and Hospitalized Instructor
Provides services to those students for whom physical or other health impairments are preventing them from attending school. An individual program is developed for each student who requires long-term assistance in cooperation with appropriate school personnel. The service provider is a liaison between the student and school with the focus on continuation of the student’s curriculum.
Teacher Consultant for the Visually Impaired
Provides remedial, tutorial, and diagnostic services through direct student contact and / or consultation with general education teachers. Adaptive technology and assistive devices may be recommended to support the learning objectives of the general education program. Orientation and Mobility training may be provided to improve a student’s ability to travel safely and independently in relevant environments. Orientation and Mobility training may include white cane techniques.
Works collaboratively with students, parents, teachers, caregivers, and agency representatives to better prepare each student to develop independent living skills, to enter the world of work, and / or to pursue further education upon graduation from or completion of his/her secondary education program.
Flexibility and cost containment of specialized support services for students without disabilities is available through the purchase of service agreements. The SRESD employs, manages, and integrates support staff with local district programs.
Administrative coordination, technical assistance, and supervisory services are provided to LEAs through the SRESD. Special Education approved supervisors are regionally assigned to districts to provide administrative support, supervise student support services, and integrate SRESD and LEA efforts. Regional units are: Byron, Corunna, Durand, Laingsburg, Morrice, New Lothrop, Owosso, Perry, and SRESD Center-based programs.
Planning and Information Management
Coordination of planning, policy development, and monitoring across districts are the strategies used to ensure implementation of federal and state mandates and quality programming for students.
Mediation and Due Process
Mediation and problem-solving services are provided to resolve differences between schools and parents as well as schools and other agencies. Assistance is provided to parents and schools through: informal dispute resolution, investigation and resolution of state complaints, due process complaints and hearing requests.
Interagency Coordination and Collaboration
Educational representation for all districts is provided by the SRESD for interagency coordination and collaboration initiatives. The role of the SRESD is to link school and community services in a way that enhances support to students and families in a user-friendly system. Current initiatives include: