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Adapted Physical Education Program

The purpose of the Adapted Physical Education Program is to provide a specially designed physical education program to those exceptional students who have a significant gross motor deficit or who, for various reasons, are unable to successfully and safely participate in the regular P.E. setting.  The APE curriculum is based on the Louisiana Standards and Benchmarks of regular physical education, focusing on motor, perceptual, cognitive, and social development.  In addition to teaching APE classes, the staff also screens and evaluates students to determine eligibility for services.  When needed they go into the regular P.E. class to consult with P.E. teachers, providing input on safety issues, determining success of student in PE setting, adapting equipment to better accommodate the students’ needs, and team teaching when appropriate.

Assistive Technology Program
Assistive Technology is any item, piece of equipment, or product system whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability. The St. Tammany Parish Assistive Technology Team provides screenings and assessments to determine if assistive technology is required to access the academic curriculum and consultations to insure the effective incorporation of technology into the classroom for students who have a diagnosed disability or an active 504 plan.

Classroom Assistance for Atypical Behaviors (CAAB) Team
The CAAB Team is comprised of a school psychologist, two special education teachers, a mental health care provider, a speech pathologist, an educational analyst and paraprofessionals who offer assistance for students with autism and related disabilities. CAAB uses systematic methods of observation and data collection to analyze students' behaviors and make recommendations for intervention. CAAB liaisons assist teachers in completing functional behavior analyses and creating behavior intervention plans using research-based practices and procedures. CAAB stresses the use of positive behavior supports and proactive strategies for increasing appropriate behaviors in the school setting.

Hearing Impaired Program
Students with a classification of Hearing Impaired are eligible to receive educational supports and or services. The level and type of these services are determined at the IEP in accordance with the student’s needs and overall functioning ability. Students who are sign language dependent and who require a sign language interpreter, or who require the instruction of a hearing impaired teacher will receive those services at one of the systems Hearing Impaired Site Based Schools.  Hearing Impaired students who do not need the services of a hearing impaired teacher or interpreter will remain at their home base school and will be monitored by the school based speech and language therapist.

Infant-Toddler/Transition
The purpose of this program is to aid the families of children with special needs who are approaching their third birthday experience a smooth and effective transition from the EarlySteps Program (Louisiana’s birth to three special education program) to the St. Tammany Parish Public School System. A transition meeting with parents is held prior to the child’s third birthday to review the transition process and answer any questions they may have about St Tammany Parish School system services.

Pupil Appraisal Services
STPPS Pupil Appraisal Department is responsible for conducting Child Find Services according to the reauthorization of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). 

STPPS knows that you care about your child; we do too!  Every child is unique, and differences are wonderful, but some differences can cause problems in schooling.

For students enrolled in a STPPS Public School, students with academic, communication, behavior, and social concerns along with students who show exceptional academic or talent art skills follow the School Building Level Committee (SBLC) process. The SBLC is a team of teachers, administrators, and other school personnel who find ways to help your child with his/her problems. Parents should contact their child’s teacher to schedule a conference to discuss concerns.

For students enrolled in a Non Public, Homeschooled, or Preschool, between the ages of 3-5, STPPS Pupil Appraisal Staff will identify students through a screening and intervention process to determine, if applicable, a multi-disciplinary evaluation, as defined by the federal legislation.

If interested, please contact your child’s school, if enrolled in a STPPS Public School, or for Non Public or Homeschooled children: Eastern St. Tammany (985-646-4960; Western St. Tammany (985-898-3316). For children aged 3-5 not enrolled in public school: Eastern St. Tammany (985) 690-4423; West St. Tammany (985) 898-3323.

We appreciate your efforts in this matter to help us meet the federal compliance and to help us provide services to children with disabilities.  If you have additional questions, please contact Debbie Leckie, Coordinator of Pupil Appraisal at (985)898-3316 or by email at deborah.leckie@stpsb.org.

 

 


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Harrison Curriculum Center
706 W. 28th Ave.
Covington, LA 70433
985-898-3311

 

      

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