Pupil Services Department Goal and District Wide Services
As a district, Hudson Public Schools strives to fully educate children who are diagnosed with a disability which impacts their ability to access the general curriculum. In accordance with both state and federal regulations, we provide a variety of services. Our focus and goal is to include students in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). Our special education faculty members, including support staff, are comprised of highly qualified and/or certified professionals.
The special education staff at each school strives to provide an educational environment where our students are supported and challenged to make progress. We believe that a strong partnership with parents/guardians is key to student success. To that end, we view our parents as partners in the educational process, sharing in both advocacy and responsibility. This partnership is necessary to help students achieve their highest potential.
Below are some of the services we offer to students at all levels:
Since our goal is to offer special education services in the least restrictive environment, whenever possible special education services are delivered primarily in the regular education setting. Inclusion services are provided by the special education staff to support students’ access to the regular education curriculum as determined by the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
Students who have counseling goals on their IEP will be seen either individually or in a small group by the School Psychologist and/or Guidance Counselor. Counseling addresses a variety of needs including social skills development, stress/anxiety management, peer interaction, emotional support, behavioral intervention, and school adjustment issues.Students may also have access to the School Psychologist/Guidance Counselor on an informal, as needed basis throughout the school year. Lunch groups and individual student supports are also offered as the need arises.Should an issue or concern arise pertaining to your child, parents are encouraged to begin by contacting the special education teacher on your child’s team. These teachers are in an excellent position to point you in the right direction for assistance. Parents are also welcome to contact the School Psychologist/Guidance Counselor directly.
Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA). This is a district wide position. In this role, the BCBA provides a full range of behavioral support services and consultations, following established protocols and the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) (if appropriate). The BCBA also assists in the identification and diagnosis of students who have a disorder, impairment, activity limitation, or participation restriction which interferes with their ability to function independently in daily life roles. The BCBA then helps the Team develop a treatment plan and monitor it to promote wellness, physical and mental development, visual and perceptual skills, reasoning and cognitive skills.
Occupational Therapy is a related service that is provided to assist a child with a disability benefit from his/her special education program. The goal of school-based Occupational Therapy is to improve the student's performance on tasks that are important for successful school functioning and to reduce barriers that limit participation within the school environment. Services are provided using a variety of service delivery options (direct service, consultation, inclusion support) depending upon the individual needs of the student.
Physical Therapy is a related service working to ensure that a student is safe in his/her school environment and can access his/her curriculum. Therapy may focus on improving a student's balance, strength or ability to negotiate the school environment. Appropriate environmental modifications may be made or the student may need training to maximize various assistive devices (i.e. wheelchair, walker or crutches) used in the school environment. Physical Therapy services are provided through direct service, consultation or inclusion support as dictated by the student's needs. Physical therapists work closely with the teachers, as well as the families of the students they service, (and in some cases the referring doctors) to ensure the greatest amount of success and development of skills.
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY
Speech and Language services are provided in a variety of settings as determined by a student’s IEP. The Speech and Language staff is trained to identify and provide intervention for students with communication disabilities. Speech services are academically based, related to the curriculum frameworks and address receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation/phonological disorders, fluency, hearing and voice.
OTHER SPECIALIZED SERVICES
Specialized services and instruction are also offered to students who present with significant hearing impairments, visual impairments, mobility issues and any other specialized area that the school district needs to access in order to implement the IEP.
Adaptive Physical Education (APE) is also provided as a regular education service to Hudson students who are identified by standardized testing as being delayed in select gross motor abilities. APE emphasizes the development of functional and perceptual motor skills, muscular strength and endurance flexibility, and curriculum-applicable manipulative through structures small group or 1 on 1 exercise sessions. Periodic retesting to assess motoric improvement is implemented in accordance with each student’s IEP or academic profile.