Special Programs and Services - Child Find

All fourteen of our school districts, either directly or through various other education agencies including CLIU, provide special education services which may be required by children with special needs. Further information regarding Intermediate Unit Special Education Programs and Services may be obtained by contacting Jack Houser, the director of Special Programs and Services, at houserj@cliu.org

Types of programs and services offered:

Academic Support
Gifted Support for students identified as mentally gifted. The focus is to provide instruction beyond the regular curriculum.
Learning Support for students whose primary identified need is academic learning.
Life Skill Support
For students where the focus is primarily on the needs of students for independent living as well as general daily living skills.
Emotional Support
For students whose primary identified need is for emotional support. The focus is primarily on behavior management.
Sensory Support
Deaf or Hearing Impaired for students who are deaf or hearing impaired.
Blind or Visually Impaired for exceptional students who are blind or visually impaired.
Speech and Language Support
For students who are speech and language impaired.
Physical Support
For students where the program is modified primarily to meet the need of the physically disabled student.
Autistic Support
For students who are autistic. The focus is primarily to develop daily living skills.
Multihandicapped Support
For students who are multihandicapped. The focus is on daily living, self help, and independent living.
Screening
Kindergarten screening activities include a review of informal social and health history, developmental areas, functional vision and hearing, and speech and language. Kindergarten screenings are held during the spring at the school district. Further screenings are conducted through the Instructional Support Teams in each school throughout the year for any student that may be in need of special education services. Parents who wish to request screening and evaluation for their child may do so by contacting the principal or counselor in their child's school building.
Evaluations
If you believe your child needs special education services, an evaluation will be conducted by a team. The team shall be composed of the parents, persons familiar with the child's development, persons knowledgeable in such areas of suspected disability, persons trained in the appropriate evaluation techniques and, if possible, persons familiar with the child's cultural background. All information gathered through the screening and/or re-evaluation process is considered confidential under Section 438 of the General Education Provisions Act. To contact someone about a special services for special needs children click here.
Preschool Children with Special Needs
Parents who have questions regarding their child's seeing, hearing, learning, talking, moving about, manipulating objects, understanding, showing emotions, getting along with others, playing with toys, taking care of himself/herself should phone CLIU #21, which offers Project Connect, a preschool program for children with special needs. Project Connect can provide information, screening, evaluation, programs, therapy, parent involvement, and referral to community agencies at no cost to the parent. For further information phone the CLIU #21 at 1-800-223-4821 or 610-769-4111.
Nonpublic Schools/Private Schools
Duties owed to students with disabilities enrolled in private schools by their parents are limited to child find activities and a genuine offer of a Free Appropriate Program of Education (FAPE) from the school district of residence. Students unilaterally enrolled in private schools by their parents have a right to participate in services, however, no private school child with a disability is entitled to any particular service or to any amount of service. (300.455(2))
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