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    2016-17 School Year Special Education Service Matrix


    Preschool Elementary Middle School High School 18-21 Transition Services
    Preschool x        
    Resource    x  x  x  
    Access    x  x    
    SM4 (access cohort)        x  
    Focus    x      
    SM2    x  x  x  
    Social and Emotional    x  x  x  
    SM4 (distinct cohort)    x  x  x  
    Deaf and Hard of Hearing  x  x  x  x  x
    Blind and Visually Impaired  x  x  x  x  x
    Medically Fragile  x  x  x  x  x
    18-21 Transition Services          x

     


    2016-17 School Year Special Education Service Descriptions

    Preschool

    • Preschool programs are intended to provide a continuum of services to meet a variety of student developmental needs.
    • These services support students in a variety of environments, such as:
      • Developmental Preschool: Programs provide high quality early childhood environments where activities are designed by Special Education Teachers and Therapists to meet the individual developmental needs of students. Typically developing preschoolers from the community are included in many of the programs.
      • Itinerant Services: Services provided to students, enrolled in a childcare or preschool located within a Seattle school or Head Start, who can make progress in that environment with the support of a Special Education teacher working within that classroom context 1 to 2 times per week.
      • Therapy Only Services: Individual or small group services are provided to eligible children who can make progress in one or two developmental areas when provided with 1 to 2 therapy sessions per week. The sessions occur at local schools.
    • Instructional content varies, based on each student's IEP.
    • This service is open to all disability categories.

    Resource

    • Resource services are intended to provide specially designed instruction to students with mild to moderate intensity in their special education instructional needs.
    • These services support students who benefit from spending most of their instructional time in general education settings with targeted support. But, services may be provided in any setting, based on the individual IEP.
    • Instructional content varies, based on each student’s IEP.
    • This service is open to all disability categories.

    Access

    • Access services are intended to provide specially designed instruction to students with more intensive academic and functional special education needs.
    • These services support students who are able to make progress on their IEP goals while spending most of their instructional time, including specially designed instruction, in general education settings with a range of supports. But, services may be provided in any setting, based on the individual IEP.
    • Instructional content varies, based on each student’s IEP.
    • This service is open to all disability categories.

    SM4 (access cohort)

    • SM4 (access cohort) services are intended to provide specially designed instruction to students with more intensive academic and functional special education needs.
    • These services support students who are able to make progress on their IEP goals while spending most of their instructional time, including specially designed instruction, in general education settings with a range of supports. But, services may be provided in any setting, based on the individual IEP.
    • Instructional content varies, based on each student’s IEP.
    • This service is open to all disability categories.

    Focus

    • Focus services are intended to provide specially designed instruction to students with more intensive academic and functional special education needs.
    • These services support students who benefit from spending most of their instructional time, including specially designed instruction, in a smaller group setting as their least restrictive environment. But, services may be provided in any setting, based on the individual IEP.
    • Instructional content provides students opportunities to participate in general education curriculum through specially designed instruction at their present level of performance. It also varies, based on each student’s IEP.
    • This service is open to all disability categories.

    SM2

    • SM2 services are being maintained for students in existing classrooms who have not been through a riser process or transitioned into new continuum service description.

    Social and Emotional

    • Social/Emotional services are intended to provide specially designed instruction to students with more intensive academic and functional special education needs.
    • These services support students who benefit from spending most of their instructional time, including specially designed instruction, in a smaller group setting as their least restrictive environment. But, services may be provided in any setting, based on the individual IEP.
    • Instructional content supports development of the student’s social/emotional skills, function and understanding. It also varies, based on each student’s IEP.
    • This service is open to all disability categories.

    SM4 (distinct cohort)

    • SM4 (distinct cohort) services are intended to provide specially designed instruction to students with intensive academic and functional special education needs.
    • These services support students who benefit from spending most of their instructional time in a smaller group setting as their least restrictive environment. But, services may be provided in any setting, based on the individual IEP.
    • Instructional content includes a curriculum that significantly differs from the general education curriculum. These services may include academic, communication, life and functional skill components. It also varies, based on each student’s IEP.
    • This service is open to all disability categories.

    Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    • Deaf and Hard of Hearing services are intended to provide specially designed instruction to students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
    • These services support students who benefit from spending some to all of their instructional time, including specially designed instruction, in a smaller group setting as their least restrictive environment. But, services may be provided in any setting, including itinerant services, based on the individual IEP.
    • Instructional content provides students opportunities to participate in general education curriculum through specially designed instruction with accommodations, modifications and interpreter services. It also varies, based on each student’s IEP.
    • This service is open to students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

    Blind and Visually Impaired

    • Blind and Visually Impaired services are intended to provide specially designed instruction to students who are blind and visually impaired.
    • These services support students who benefit from spending some to all of their instructional time, including specially designed instruction, in a smaller group setting as their least restrictive environment. But, services may be provided in any setting, including itinerant services, based on the individual IEP.
    • Instructional content provides students opportunities to participate in general education curriculum through specially designed instruction with accommodations and modifications. It also varies, based on each student’s IEP.
    • This service is open to students who are blind or visually impaired.

    Medically Fragile

    • Medically Fragile services are intended to provide specially designed instruction to students who need intensive support for medical care needs throughout the day.
    • These services support students who benefit from spending most of their instructional time, including specially designed instruction, in a smaller group setting as their least restrictive environment. But, services may be provided in any setting, based on the individual IEP.
    • Instructional content provides students opportunities to participate in general education curriculum through specially designed instruction at their present level of performance. It also varies, based on each student’s IEP.
    • This service is open to students with intensive medical care needs from all disability categories.

    18-21 Transition Services

    • 18-21 Transition Services is intended to provide specially designed instruction to students, 18-21 years of age, with intensive functional special education needs.
    • These services support students who benefit from spending most of their instructional time in a smaller group setting as their least restrictive environment. A majority of the time is spent in the community which is considered a gen ed setting.
    • Instructional content includes a curriculum that significantly differs from the general education curriculum. These services may include functional academic, communication, life and other functional skill components. It also varies, based on each student’s IEP.
    • This service is open to all disability categories.