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NJUHSD Special Education Programs
· WorkAbility and TPP
Promotes independent living and provides comprehensive pre-employment worksite training, employment and follow-up services for youth in special education who are making the transition from school to work, post-secondary education or training.
· NU Step
NUSTEP students work to master skills that they will need as adults to participate more fully in their community- either independently or with their families. A NUSTEP student has an Individual Education Program (IEP) goals that relate directly to activities the adult student will be doing when he/she leaves NUSTEP. Instruction takes place in the classroom and / or in the community in accordance with each individual student’s needs. Students must demonstrate necessary prerequisite skills in the classroom before instruction in the community takes place.
· Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program and Services
· Physical Therapy (PT)
Physical Therapy in a Public School Setting
In a school-based practice, Physical Therapists (PTs) view disability in terms of the ways in which a child is faced with activity limitations and participation restrictions instead of a focus on projected limitations of a singular diagnosis, disease or disorder
In a school-based practice, the PT staff support a child’s ability to gain access to and make progress in the school curriculum vs. rehabilitating to maximum potential a singular diagnosis, disease or disorder.
PTs are health professionals whose purpose is to correct, facilitate or adapt the student’s functional mobility, accessibility and use of assistive devices for the listed issues.
Areas of need which can be addressed by a PT can include: management of orthopedic problems in the trunk and lower extremities, gait training, mobility skills, positioning, range of motion, use of equipment and specific muscle strength and endurance.
If you have questions about physical therapy services, please contact your child’s site-based case manager.
· Occupational Therapy (OT)
In a school-based practice, OTs view disability in terms of the ways in which a child is faced with activity limitations and participation restrictions instead of a focus on projected limitations of a singular diagnosis, disease or disorder.
In a school-based practice, the OT staff support a child’s ability to gain access to and make progress in the school curriculum vs. rehabilitating to maximum potential a singular diagnosis, disease or disorder.
OTs are health professionals whose purpose in a public school setting is to support a child’s engagement and participation in daily goal-directed activities (“occupations”) which engage the student in meaningful, organized and self-directed actions that create independence, prevent or minimize disability and maintain health.
Areas of need which can be addressed by OT can include: refining motor skills, spatial relationships, visual perceptual skills, sensory motor function and environmental adaptations.
If you have questions about occupational therapy services, please contact your child’s site-based case manager.
· Adapted Physical Education (AdPE)
AdPE is a service provided by a credentialed adapted physical education specialist to students who have needs that cannot be adequately satisfied in other physical education programs as indicated by an assessment and Individual Education Program (IEP) process. Adapted Physical Education services may be provided through direct instruction, team teaching, and/or collaborative consultation as long as appropriate goals and objectives are indicated and accurately monitored by the adapted physical education specialist. The frequency and duration of adapted physical education service will be based upon the needs of the student and will be noted in the services section of the IEP.
Increasing appropriate physical activity opportunities for all students regardless of their present levels of physical, social/adaptive, and cognitive performance is the focus of physical education. Quality physical education programs provide opportunities for students to attain gross motor, movement and sport skills that can be applied to physical activities across the life span. These skills include the ability to use one’s body in a variety of different ways improving the individual’s quality of life on a day-to-day basis.
If you have questions about AdPE services, please contact your child’s site-based case manager.
· Language, Speech, and Hearing Services
The NJUHSD provides speech and language services to students who present with mild to severe speech/language disabilities. Disabilities in oral language range from articulation, apraxia, fluency, syntax, morphology and language processing to pragmatics and hard of hearing.
Each School sites provides speech and language services to eligible students.
Students’ needs are also served through a collaboration service delivery model with other site service providers to meet the special language needs in the least restrictive environment.
If you have questions about speech and language services, please contact your child’s site-based case manager.