Welcome to the Department of Special Services
Preschool Developmental Program
Pre-school programs for children three to five years of age. These programs are housed at Central Avenue Preschool on 28 Central Avenue. Programs serve children who have identified disabilities in language, cognition, visual motor abilities, and emotional difficulties. Services also include monitoring the progress of students in settings other than the public school program.
Special Education Resource Program
The Special Education Resource Program is designed to provide academic support to students in grades K-12 who have special education needs. Due to identified learning disabilities, emotional needs, or other identified disabilities, these students require support in one or more academic areas in order to be successful in the regular classroom. In addition to academic support, students learn about their individual strengths and needs in the learning process.
Support from the Special Education Resource Teacher can be provided in a number of ways. The traditional "pull-out" system is used when deemed appropriate for one-to-one or small group instruction of specific skills. This can also be provided within the regular classroom, as part of a student's regular class work. An additional option for providing support to identified students is the "push in model. In this method of service, team-teaching occurs between the Regular Classroom and the Special Education Teacher within the general classroom setting. In this manner, the teachers are able to plan lessons together and to make adjustments to the presentation of material and/or assignments and tests as necessary for specific learning styles. All of these options are referred to as direct service options.
Another very important aspect of the Special Education Resource Program is consultation. Whichever mode of direct service is chosen for an individual student, consultation between the Regular Classroom Teacher and the Special Education Teacher is crucial to the student's ultimate success. It is important to note that depending on the individual student's needs, the options described above may be delivered in any variety of combinations.
TEAMs Classes are designed to provide a functional academic education, communication, self-help, social, emotional, fine and gross motor, and pre-vocational/vocational programs to help them develop their skills in all these areas. Students may be included in regular homeroom activities and other regular classes as deemed appropriate for the individual student by the PPT.
Students with emotional disabilities may be serviced in these classes. Small class size, highly structured classroom environment, and appropriate behavior management programs are maintained. Students in these programs often have learning needs accompanying their emotional needs.
Middle School SOAR Program
The Transitional Program provides a small group individualized program in English, mathematics, science, social studies, and reading taught by certified special education teachers. The program focuses on the development of academic and social skills.
High School Resource Lab
The Resource Lab Program is designed to meet the needs of high school students who have been identified as special needs students. These students will be channeled into inclusive educational programs of study with modifications as deemed necessary by the PPT process. Support for inclusive classes will be provided in the resource lab on a daily basis. It will include one-to-one and small group instruction. Monitoring of these programs will be done on a regular basis with all teachers involved. Job training can and will be incorporated into these programs as needed.
High School ACCESS program
The ACCESS Program provides a learning environment limited in size per instructional period. Classes in the four major academic areas (general math/algebra, science, English, world geography/US history) provide an individualized program taught by teachers trained in special education. A structured student-centered atmosphere prevails to enhance feelings of self-esteem.
Skills for Life Program
Housed at Naugatuck High School, the Skills for Life Program is designed to work with students possessing multiple handicapping conditions. A low teacher/student ratio allows for maximum attention to physical, educational, and social/emotional needs.