Adapted or Special Physical Education
Adapted or special physical education is physical education which has been adapted or modified, so that it is appropriate for the student with a disability. Adapted physical education develops the fundamental motor skills and patterns such as throwing, catching, walking, and running. In adapted physical education each student is at different skill levels,and by being in an environment with a small group or even one on one service, each student can spend the time they need to make strides in improving the basic fundamental motor skills. The class is slow-paced so that each student is not left behind, and that each student’s needs and wants are met by the adapted physical education teacher. Itinerant services are available on a fee for service basis to schools within the Central Intermediate Unit.
Various districts throughout the CIU area are provided with the services of educational interpreters for individual students. These students are deaf or head of hearing and benefit from the skilled services of the interpreter. These individuals interpret effectively, accurately, and impartially both receptively and expressively, using specialized American Sign Language or Pidgin Signed English. This support allows students to receive access to educational programs specified in their Individual Education Programs. Itinerant services are available on a fee for service basis to schools within the Central Intermediate Unit.
Occupational therapists work within the CIU participating districts. The main goal of school based occupational therapy is to improve a student’s ability to complete educationally related tasks such as printing, cutting and coloring. Occupational therapy focuses mainly on fine motor, visual perceptual motor, self-help and sensory processing skills. Occupational therapy also provides information regarding adaptive equipment that maybe beneficial in assisting a student to increase his or her independence and complete school related tasks to the best of their ability. Occupational therapy services are provided as a direct service on a one to one or small group basis or on a consultation basis. The Occupational Therapist evaluates the student, provides the recommended treatment and is a member of the IEP team. Itinerant services are available on a fee for service basis to schools within the Central Intermediate Unit.
Physical therapists work with students in the various districts, enabling students to benefit fully from their educational programs. They provide both direct and consultative service to students in order to enhance their physical participation in their educational program. Exercise programs and adaptive equipment are used to assist the student’s mobility and access their environment. The school-based physical therapist provides services to children who have needs which limit their ability to participate to their full potential in their school environment. The school physical therapist provides direct services to improve a student’s postural strength and control for school seated activities,mobility skills to meet the demands of the school setting, and large motor skills for participation in physical education and play with peers at the playground. The school physical therapist also provides instruction to school staff on optimal handling techniques for physically assisting the disabled student, and instruction on how to carryout therapeutic activities with a student. The school physical therapist is also responsible for prescribing, fitting,and establishing the programs for use of adaptive equipment in the classroom. Itinerant services are available on a fee for service basis to schools within the Central Intermediate Unit.
Speech and Language services are provided to the districts as needed. These services include screening, evaluations, report writing, consultations and direct therapy services. Therapy may be conducted on an individual basis, in a classroom setting or as consultation with other teachers. The communication needs of the individual student are taken into account when therapy is scheduled. Communication needs may include articulation errors, receptive and expressive language delays and difficulties, fluency and pragmatic language. Therapy focuses on improving the overall communication of the students so that they can achieve success in the classroom and after graduation. Itinerant services are available on a fee for service basis to schools within the Central Intermediate Unit.
Teachers of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Teachers of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing provide supportive services in a school based setting on an itinerant basis. They teach students the auditory and visual skills necessary to fully understand, participate, and succeed in the learning environment. Educationally they teach the individual student American Sign Language in order to understand and modify the environment independently and enhance self worth within the school and community setting. These teachers work closely with parents, students, faculty and the interpreter in order to gain the maximum benefit from the educational environment. Itinerant services are available on a fee for service basis to schools within the Central Intermediate Unit.
Teachers of the Visually Impaired
Teachers of the Visually Impaired provide supportive services to students who are blind or visually impaired within the educational setting. Some students also benefit from the use of Orientation and Mobility (O&M) strategies in order to navigate their environment using a cane. Frequently assistive technology is used to enhance visual skills, using computer software and other mobile devices. Braille is often taught to students who can benefit from those skills. Itinerant services are available on a fee for service basis to schools within the Central Intermediate Unit.
Director of Special Education