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Program Information

Harmony Public Schools provide an array of Special Education Services so that children with a wide variety of learning disabilities and different education plans can be placed in a program that works for them.  These services include:

 1. General Education Classroom Placement in which the needs of the students with learning disabilities are met in a general education classroom. The special education teacher monitors the performance of the students periodically and supports the general education teacher outside the classroom.

2. Resource Room Placement in which students spend a part of their day in general education classrooms but then participate in resource room programs for the other part of the day. Resource room will include a small number of students working with a special education teacher (or teacher aid per ARDC decision) on reading, language, math and etc.

3.Self-Contained Classroom in which students receive more than 60 percent of their instructional services in Resource room from special education staff.

4. Special Education Inclusion in which  students are taught in general education classroom with the collaboration of a special education teacher (or teacher aid per ARDC decision) and general education teacher for some part of the day.



Related Services:

Beside the instructional services that are provided, Harmony Public Schools also ensures the provision of the following related support services according to the students’ needs:

1. Speech and language therapy: Speech Language Pathologists work with the students who have communication problems like articulation, language, fluency and pragmatics that affect their social interaction, literacy and learning. Students generally receive services based on their IEPs either in small groups or within the classroom setting.

2. Occupational therapyOccupational therapists work with the students to improve their cognitive, physical, and motor skills. Students generally receive services individually or in groups depending on their IEPs.

3. Physical therapy: Physical therapists work with the students to improve their muscle control, balance and to promote sensory motor development and independence in functional mobility skills.

4. Dyslexia services: For students identified with reading difficulties, a multisensory, structured language instruction in decoding, comprehension, and fluency is provided.

5. Counseling services: Counselors work with the students to develop a positive self-concept, increase self-awareness, learn appropriate social skills and develop coping and organizational skills.

6. Assistive technologyAssistive technology is used by the students with disabilities in order to perform functions that are difficult or impossible for them. Assistive technology can include mobility devices such as walkers and wheelchairs, as well as hardware, software or other electronic devices.



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