Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP):
Provides Speech and Language Therapy for students who have communication deficits that are not related to speaking non-standard English as a result of cultural differences or environmental or economic disadvantages. Speech and Language Pathologists use the following delivery models: individual therapy sessions, small group sessions and consultation services. SLP services are available to qualified students in all district schools.
School Psychologists conduct assessments that help identify exceptionalities and define student strengths and needs. School Psychologists may also provide individual or small group counseling. In addition, school psychologists assist schools in identifying students with learning problems through the pre-referral system. The school psychologist is available to provide consultation services for administrators and teachers on individual student needs.
Occupational and Physical Therapy:
Serves students who demonstrate motor skills deficits which prevent them from benefiting from Special Education services. Referral for OT/PT services is made through either the evaluation team or the IEP team. OT and PT services are provided as a related service to students with an IEP and may also be provided to students who have a disability that qualifies for a Section 504 Plan.
Assistive Technology Team:
Provides pre-referral screening and assessment for students who are being considered for Assistive Technology Services. Assistive Technology refers to any devise, piece of equipment or service that may be used to help an individual function independently. The Assistive Technology Team consists of an OT/PT specialist, Speech and Language Pathologist, and technology specialist. Referral to the assistive technology team is made through the IEP team.
Vision Impaired Services:
The school district collaborates with the Idaho State School for the Deaf and Blind. The district provides services for students with vision impairments. Such services may include a variety of assistive technology devices, Braille equipment, staff support and instruction, large print books, and orientation and mobility training.
Hearing Impaired Services:
The school district collaborates with the Idaho State School for the Deaf and Blind. The district provides services for students with hearing impairments. Services are delivered in general education classrooms whenever possible and may include various assistive technology devices, instruction in sign language, assistance in study skills and interpreter services.
Work Based Learning:
This program focuses on students over the age of 16 who need to learn appropriate job behaviors and attitudes in community based settings. The work experience specialist and a job coach develop job tryout opportunities in many private businesses in Idaho Falls. Referrals to work based learning are made through the senior high special education teachers or the consulting special education staff. The student must have an annual goal for work based learning on their IEP.
Extended School Year Program (ESY):
This program provides Special Education services to students over the summer. ESY serves students who would be severely impacted by an extended break in services. The IEP team determines eligibility for ESY based upon IDEA requirements.
Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services (PSR):
These services are available as appropriate for students who have a mental health diagnosis and an emotional disturbance. The PSR worker will work cooperatively with school personnel to help develop and implement IEP behavior goals that specifically address the student’s behavior issues as noted via a functional behavior assessment.
Behavior Intervention (BI):
Behavior Intervention is available for children with developmental disabilities that have been diagnosed with a medically necessary need and exhibit maladaptive behaviors, including but not limited to, frequent disruptive behaviors, aggression, self-injury, criminal, or dangerous behaviors. These maladaptive behaviors impede the learning of themselves or the learning of others.