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The role of CIS is to bring low-incidence disability expertise to students and staff in local educational settings. CIS conducts specialized evaluations for the purpose of determining eligibility for special education support for Deafness, Hearing Impairment, blindness, Deaf-Blindness, and visual impairment.
Hearing services are provided to students with a hearing impairment and, depending on need, include building academic skills, self-advocacy, language, communication, independence skill development, executive functioning, and sign language interpreting.
Vision services are provided to students who have a visual impairment and may include instruction in braille, low vision and visual efficiency skills, self-advocacy, and utilization of low vision tools. Instruction in the areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum such as daliy living, career education and sensory efficiency is also provided.
Orientation and Mobility (O&M) services are provided to students who have a visual impairment, and teach students who are blind or visually impaired to travel safely and independently in school, community, and residential environments at a developmentally appropriate level.
CASE Specialized Academic Classrooms are located in member district schools and are designed to meet the individualized needs of students with disabilities. The classrooms support students that require specialized academic instruction and individualized intervention with the use of best practice strategies.
Speech therapy is the provision of intervention services to students demonstrating a wide variety of communication disorders. Students who receive speech therapy struggle with articulation, apraxia, fluency, voice, social/pragmatic communication, feeding, or expressive and receptive language impairments.
CASE Psychologists provide students with direct services in the areas of counseling and assessments. Psychological services in the school setting include a myriad of student, staff and school wide supports. Psychologists contribute to a positive school climate by assessing and supporting the social, emotional and academic development of students and school teams.
Social work in the school setting includes individual or small group services which are provided to students who are determined in need of services per the IEP team. In addition, social work services include working with school staff on implementation of social emotional learning initiatives as well as schoolwide interventions and supports for academic and social learning.
Occupational Therapy supports a student’s ability to participate in desired daily school activities or “occupations.” Services support a student’s participation in activities of daily living (ADLs), instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), education, work, play, leisure, rest and sleep, and social participation within the natural context of the school day.
Physical therapy in the school setting is provided to support students with deficits in gross motor development and/or breath support so that they are able to access their education. It involves the evaluation and treatment of children who have limitations in their functional mobility which limits their ability to participate in the school environment.
CASE APE teachers provide expert adapted physical education services which enable students to participate in PE by facilitating gross motor experiences, modifying activities as necessary, providing specialized instruction and development of skills. Students receiving specialized instruction in physical education are provided with opportunities to participate in activities with typically developing peers.
Music therapy is provided through a contract with Rhythmworks Music Therapy, LLC. Music therapy is the practice of using prescribed music based interventions to help students improve both mental and physical health. Music therapists target non-musical skills such as improving communication, motor coordination, sensory regulation, social/emotional awareness and academic skills.[/responsivevoice]