A variety of programs and services are available for students with disabilities and special learning needs in preschool through high school. CPS serves students from ages 3 to 21.
School Psychology Services
Psychological services are available in every school. Psychologists play key roles in identifying learning problems and developing appropriate solutions. During a crisis, they provide valuable counseling and support to children in need. Bilingual Psychologists work with district educators as well as families and community agencies to conduct instructional assessments for English Language Learners.
Intervention Specialists lead school teams in writing, implementing and evaluating Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals, which include a wide range of teaching materials and supports to help students learn.
Occupational Therapists (OTs) help students with motor, neurological, or sensory difficulties before they cause issues with self-esteem, performance or relationships. Some examples include grasping objects, computer access, use of scissors or eating.
Large-muscle difficulties can affect learning. Physical Therapists assist with standing, walking, use of wheelchairs or other orthopedic devices, as well as planning safe, efficient travel throughout the school.
Orientation and Mobility
Orientation and mobility instructors help modify the school environment so that visually impaired students are safe and feel comfortable. In addition, they help train parents and other school personnel.
After talking with parents and teachers, a Speech Language Pathologist determines whether there are learning concerns in the classroom — such as articulation, voice, fluency/stuttering and language — and how these concerns can be addressed.
Supplemental Service Intervention Specialists
Intervention Specialists assist the classroom teacher so that students with hearing or visual problems can remain in a general education classroom. Services include Braille instruction, sign language, or use of adaptive equipment and computers.
Educational audiologists examine and diagnose students suspected of having hearing problems and help with rehabilitation. They work with school teams to design individual education goals, and fit a variety of equipment for students with hearing problems.
Autism Support Team
The Autism Spectrum Support Team was created to address the unique needs of this growing population, and includes experts in intervention, school psychology, occupational therapy and speech/language therapy. Team members help staff develop behavior support plans for students, model instructional techniques and assist in communication among the school, families and support agencies.