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Secondary Special Education Programs
DODD MIDDLE SCHOOL


Inclusion:
Students are included in general education classes to the fullest extent possible. Support is provided through special education teachers in a co-teaching model for language arts and mathematics. Instructional assistants provide support to students as well, in general education classes. Modifications and accommodations as outlined in students' Individualized Education Plans are implemented in all classes. Students participate in whole group, small group, and individual instruction. The inclusion setting allows students to be educated in the least restrictive setting with age appropriate peers.

Resource Centers:
Special education teachers and staff provide small group and individualized instruction to students. Students receive specialized instruction in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics and learning strategies based on their Individaualized Education Plans in a small classroom setting.

Intensive Learning Center:
These centers are designed to meet the needs of students who have Autism and/or intellectual disabilities. Students receive small group instruction for academics, speech and language therapy, behavior management programs, social skills training, assistive technology, music therapy, and occupational/physical therapy as well as adaptive physical education. Students' are included in general education settings to the maximum extent possible as outline in Individual Education Plans.

Therapeutic Learning Center:
This program is a self-contained classroom for students who require supports to meet behavioral, emotional, and academic challenges. Students are supported by a special education teacher, a classroom instructional assistant, and a school social worker through classwide and individual behavior plans, individual and group counseling, social skills groups, and small group or individualized instruction. Students are included in general education classes as appropriate and to the maximum extent possible.




CHESHIRE HIGH SCHOOL

Inclusion:
Students are included in general education classes to the fullest extent possible. Support is provided through special education teachers in a co-teaching model for English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science courses. Instructional assistants provide support to students as well, in general education classes. Modifications and accommodations as outlined in students' Individualized Education Plans are implemented in all classes. The inclusion setting allows students to be educated in the least restrictive setting with age appropriate peers.

Resource Centers:
Special education teachers and staff provide small group and individualized instruction to students. Students receive academic support in reading and other content areas as well as learning/organizational strategies and social skills training based on their Individualized Education Plans.

Intensive Learning Center:
These centers are designed to meet the needs of students who have Autism and/or intellectual disabilities. Students receive small group instruction for academics, speech and language therapy, behavior management programs, social skills training, assistive technology, music therapy, and occupational/physical therapy as well as adaptive physical education. Students' are included in general education classes to the maximum extent possible as outline in Individual Education Plans.

Therapeutic Learning Center:
This program is a self-contained classroom for students who require supports to meet behavioral, emotional, and academic challenges. Students are supported by a special education teacher, a classroom instructional assistant, a school psychologist through classwide and individual behavior plans, individual and group counseling, social skills groups, and small group or individualized instruction. Students are included in general education classes as appropriate and to the maximum extent possible.

Transition Planning Services:
Transition planning is important in the life of each high school student, especially
for an individual who has a disability. Realistic goals can guide you through high
school and into adult life. Transition planning is part of the federal special
education law (IDEA 2004).
�Transition services means a coordinated set of activities for a student, designed
within a results-oriented process, which facilitates movement from school to postschoolactivities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment, continuing and adult education, adult services,independent living, or community participation.� (34 CFR � 300.43 (a))
Transition planning is an integral part of each special education program.

Transition Program:
Special education programming is provided for those students who have completed their 4 years at Cheshire High School and continue to be eligible to receive services unti the age of 21 as outlined in their IEP's. The focus of instruction within this program is on academics, self-advocacy, independent living, employment, and community participation.

Secondary Transition Collaborative at Quinnipiac University:
The transition collaborative expands the type and nature of the transition services provided to Cheshire students, ages 18-21, with disabilities as defined by the Individuals with Disibilities Act (IDEA).Participants have completed high school credit requirements and the Planning and Placement Team has recommended an Individual Education Plan with continued programming to address transition goals and objectives. Students are required to have the skills necessary to demonstrate, with supervision, safe and responsible community behaviors, and adhere to the code of conduct set forth by Quinnipiac University and Cheshire Public Schools.
The program provides students access to a university campus, faculty and students, with opportunities for continuing to develop independence in the areas of home living, social interaction, self advocacy and community participation. Job skills are developed through vocational exploration, assessment and training in a variety of authentic settings.