ProgramsClassroom Options12:1:1- This classroom can have up to 12 students with one teacher and one classroom aide. This class is designed to work with those who have great academic needs. Students are typically 3 or more grade levels behind and need instruction tailored to their skill levels.12:1:3- This classroom can have up to 12 students, one teacher, and 3 classroom aides. This class is designed to work with students with severe needs. Students in this setting may have severe physical disabilities, medical involvement, or communication disorders.8:1:1- This classroom can have up to 8 students with one teacher and one classroom aide. This classroom is typically for students who have behavioral and emotional difficulties. The goal is to try and get their behaviors managed so that they can access the general education curriculum along with their peers.6:1:1- This classroom can have up to 6 students with one teacher and one classroom aide. This classroom is designed to work with students whose management needs are highly intensive and require a high degree of individualized attention and intervention. This classroom is run by BOCES and is located in Portville.ServicesSpecial Ed. Teacher Services-Resource Room- This classroom can have a maximum of 5 students in it. It is designed to help students build their skill levels and build their weaknesses into strengths. It is supplementary instruction and focuses on the skills that they need to improve.Consultant Teacher- This model allows a Special Education Teacher to work with identified students in the general education classrooms. This allows students to access the general education curriculum along with their peers but also gives them some individual support to help them succeed. This teacher also works along with General Education Teachers to help support them in differentiating their instruction and modifying anything that is needed.Integrated Co-Teaching- This model has a Special Education Teacher and a General Education Teacher working together within the general ed. classroom. Both are equally responsible for the instruction, the grades and all that happens within that classroom. They are to create specially designed instruction to meet with needs of all learners and to help everyone advance from where they are.Related Services-Speech- Speech services are offered by the Olean City School District. We have Speech Therapists and licensed Speech and Language Pathologists.Occupational Therapy- OT services provided by therapists from the Olean General Hospital that we contract with through the school. Occupational Therapists work on fine motor skills, such as coloring, cutting, handwriting, picking up small objects, etc. They also work on sensory motor issues when needed and visual motor as well as visual perceptual skills as well.Physical Therapy- PT services are also provided by therapists from the Olean General Hospital that we contract with through the school. Physical Therapists work on gross motor skills, such as hopping, skipping, jumping, walking up stairs, etc. They also work on body mechanics, and building muscle strength.Adaptive Physical Education- APE is a service offered by the Olean City School District. This service is meant for students who cannot participate in the general physical education class due to weak motor skills. This service is typically done one-on-one with a teacher and a student but it could also be done in a group. It could be a self-contained class or it could also be done in the general ed. P.E. class. This would depend on the student's needs.Counseling- Counseling is offered through our school. Counseling can be a general ed. service as well as a special ed. service. Counselors are available in each school building to address the needs of the students.Behavioral Specialist- This service is one we typically contract through BOCES. A Behavioral Specialist tries to identify underlying causes for behaviors. This specialist can help the student, the parents, and the teachers in handling the situation appropriately. The specialist can formulate a plan and give good ideas and techniques to try to help the child succeed.Psychological Services- School Psychologists provide a wide variety of services. They are a wealth of knowledge on all of the outside agencies and different supports and services that are offered throughout our region. They conduct evaluations, assist in the development of functional behavioral assessments, provide interventions and trainings, consult with school staff, and provide support for both students and parents.
Other services that might be needed are vision teacher, ESL teacher (English as a Second Language), Interpreters, Sign Language, Nursing services, etc. Every child has unique needs and it is the responsibility of the CSE to meet every year to decide what is needed for the year to come.
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