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Special Education Services Provided at All Schools

Special Education Services

• Special Education Resource Teachers (SERT) provide services to students in reading, writing, mathematics, emotional/behavioral skills, social skills, functional and adaptive skills and/or vocational skills for up to 59% of a student’s day. Service delivery models ranging from small-group instruction to co-teaching in the general education classroom provide direct skills instruction in the student’s area of need. Parents and staff develop an IEP for each student based on their learning needs.
• Assistive Technology Center (ATC) provides accommodations and access to curriculum for students with disabilities who require assistive devices. This service must be used in conjunction with other special education services. The Assistive Technology Center provides help with evaluations to determine if a student requires assistive technology and what kind. After such a determination is made the ATC assists school staff to acquire equipment and training in order to make use of the assistive technology to the fullest extent possible to support the student’s IEP goals. A variety of hardware, software and special equipment are available to students at any site in the district for as long as it is needed.
• Audiology is a related-services program closely linked to both the center-based and Itinerant Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH) Programs. Virtually every student who receives services from a D/HH teacher, either center-based or itinerant, also receives indirect audiology services. The audiology testing site, which is used for hearing evaluations, is located at Anne Sullivan Communication Center. Services include evaluation, consultation, monitoring adaptations, accommodations, FM amplification systems, IEP development and training.
• Developmental-Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) means specially designed physical education instruction and services for pupils with disabilities who have a substantial delay or disorder in physical development. Developmental-adapted physical education instruction for pupils ages three through 21 may include development of physical fitness, motor fitness, fundamental motor skills and patterns, skills in aquatics, dance, individual and group games, and sports.
• Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy (OT/PT) addresses a student’s ability to fully access and be successful in the learning environment. Occupational therapy provides therapeutic interventions to enhance student’s functional needs, through adaptive behavior and play and sensory, fine and visual motor skills development. Physical therapy addresses gross motor function and uses therapeutic interventions with students to preserve, enhance or restore movement and physical function in order to participate in the education setting.
• Services for students with vision disabilities are available for eligible students with vision disabilities and who are in need of special education services. 
• School psychological services include helping families and school staff understand students’mental health, learning and behavior; develop instructional and behavioral intervention strategies; respond to crises; work directly with students to improve their behavioral and social skills and help them manage difficult events in their lives; evaluate students for special education services; and educate parents and staff regarding child development, behavior management and related topics.chool psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments. 
• Social work services include providing case management services, indirect and direct social work services for students with disabilities, crisis intervention for students and families, and consulting with staff regarding the social, emotional and behavioral needs of students; monitoring procedural safeguards; facilitating parental involvement in educational planning; monitoring attendance of students with chronic attendance problems and students at risk of dropping out; implementing and monitoring behavior management plans; mobilizing and coordinating community and school resources; and ensuring the students with disabilities have access to activities at school that promote their full integration into the general classrooms. 
• Speech-language services support students with communication disabilities including oral language, articulation, voice, stuttering and augmentative communication. Services include direct intervention from an educational speech/language pathologist in the general or special education classroom, direct intervention outside of the classroom, and indirect or consultative service.


If you have questions about the enrollment process, please contact us at sps.department@mpls.k12.mn.us or call us at 612.668.3700 or 612.668.1840. 

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