Special Education – Programs and Services
What Model is Best for My Child?
Special Education is not a “one size fits all” model, and being identified for Special Education services does not mean a student will receive those services indefinitely. Instead, programming is targeted to meet specific academic, behavioral, or occupational needs. Once students achieve their goals in a given area, they are integrated back into the standard curricular environment. Moreover, students only receive services in their goal areas. So for example, a student with only a mathematics goal may attend a specialized math class, while receiving the rest of their daily instruction alongside their peers in more traditional classroom settings. Below are a few of our most common service delivery models, explained.
Special Class with Integration
Commonly referred to as “SCI,” this model provides students with alternate curriculum classes designed to eliminate skill gaps and get students caught up with their peers. Students are still integrated into the general education environment for classes where they do not have an identified need. The student in the example from the previous paragraph is receiving support through the SCI model.
In this model, students are fully integrated in general education classes, but receive support from a Special Education teacher as an elective class. Most often, students in resource classes have met their academic goals and are preparing for full integration in the traditional curriculum without any more special support. Resource teachers may use class time to assist students in understanding and completing projects and assignments from their core classes, or provide supplemental skill-building lessons and activities.
Students in the life skills program require an extra level of support with the activities of daily living that most of us take for granted. At the same time, they are challenged with rigorous academic curricula to provide them with the greater opportunity, independence, and satisfaction in life as they move towards graduation and beyond.