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  • Augusta Transition Fair
    Noble HS will have a bus going from the HS on Thursday morning. The bus will leave at 7:45 and return at 2:00. There is space available on the bus if parents would like go. Parents can contact karen.tufts@msad60.org to sign up.
    Thanks!
    Posted Mar 13, 2017, 6:30 AM by Laura Costello
  • UNEXPECTED LIVES Professional Development Day for Special Educators, Therapists, Clinicians, Mental Health Professionals and Parents MARCH 17, 2017
    Please see attached flyer
    Posted Mar 13, 2017, 5:50 AM by Laura Costello
  • Parent Meeting 3/8/17 Notes
    Miss the meeting on 3/8/17?  Here is a review of what was covered: 

    3/8/17

    Sign in sheet passed around


    Agenda:


    Maine Parent Group Federation (Carrie Woodcock):


    • Non profit, grant funded.  Do not need to qualify through MaineCare or section 28. They service children ages K-26 and sometimes older, if needed.  Education on Special Education is provided through workshops. Help explain laws, practices, etc.  Also provide one on one peer support. Help walk families through SS, Katie Beckett, etc. Within the school system, they can provide support at IEP meetings if families feel they need one. They are a support system, work with families to understand rights and help compromise with the schools.  Will only provide support at the IEP.  They are not the voice of the meeting.  They will give you the tools needed to communicate your needs.


    Service Provider Info:



    What School based therapy looks like-


    Erin Roy-Pelletier (Secondary SW) and Nicole Hutzler (Elem SW)-

    Work very closely with Voc Rehab to help transition

    SW services for SpEd are implemented as part of the student’s IEP if their emotional needs require services to make a goal.  They are generally very short services unless more is needed.  Services avail at school do not take the place of outside counseling. Target specific school based needs; self-advocacy, coping skills, etc

    Consult and collaborate with the Team and family.

    When there is a need outside of school, we make appropriate referrals.

    There are Sweetser school based counselors to help with anything further needed; Case Management, etc

    HS based services are a lot more planning than the Elem levels.  At the Elem levels, they work more on social skills and self regulation skills.  They work with small groups and individually.  Elem goals are written annually at this point. They do help with transitions up the levels from school to school.


    Carol Holmstock (S/L)-S/L is also an IEP service.  A lot of students are transitioned from CDS or they are referred from parents or Teachers. Work on articulation skills, social pragmatic skills, fluency.  Work to teach a lot of self control, be good listeners, how to navigate the classroom properly.  Most schools do a 3 to 1 model, 3 weeks of direct service and 1 week of in the classroom work to transition the skills learned into the classroom.  This also helps the Reg Ed Teacher understand what needs to be carried on and continued into the classroom.



    Linda Marx (OT/PT)-Not stand alone services, they are there to help support the student with other services. PT/OT do require a scope of practice, such as sensory processing, adjusting themselves to the needs around them. Overlap a lot with SW in programs such as Zones of Regulation. Also work on, fine motor problems, visual perceptual problems, activities of daily living. PT specifically works with giving children functional access to their education (getting off and on the bus, core strength to sit up, safe movements).  Both OT and PT are working off of the functional needs of the student.

    3 pronged approach: direct treatment (if needed), accommodations within the classroom, teach students strategies.

    There are also co-treat groups with both S/L and PT.  Work in the classrooms and what environment is needed.  


    Posted Mar 10, 2017, 6:56 AM by Laura Costello
  • Maine Dept. of Education, Special Education Survey
    The Maine Dept. of Education is looking for help in gathering information related to the Special Education services that your child receives. This survey is very simple, containing 17 questions and should take less than 10 minutes of your time.

    You may complete the survey yourself or call Sheryl Banden at (207) 624-6658, if you need assistance. How you answer the questions will NOT affect your child's education.

    If you do not have access to fill this out online, please call the Special Education office at (207)-676-2234 and we will be happy to set up a quiet, confidential area for you to access this survey.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/17_SPED_ParentSurvey

    Posted Mar 6, 2017, 8:19 AM by Laura Costello
  • Biddeford Little League-Challenger Division 2017

    Biddeford Little League

    Challenger Division - 2017

     

    The Little League Challenger Division is for children and young adults with various physical and/or mental challenges. The league is designed for the players to succeed in the game of baseball and enjoy all the benefits that Little League has to offer.  More than skills of baseball are learned through the experience, including the socialization benefits of participating in sports, the strengthening of self-esteem and the joy of being on a team. 

     

    The season runs from the end of April 29 to the middle of June. Games will be held on Saturdays (1:00 PM), beginning April 29. Practices will be on Thursdays (6:00 PM), beginning April 27. The location of all games and practices will be at Mayfield in Biddeford.

     

    *Tentative invitational tournament (later this summer) in Ellsworth Maine, to be determined. Please stay tuned for this potential new event being organized by the Ellsworth Challenger Division.

     

    We encourage FUN and FRIENDSHIP where everyone is a winner!!

    Posted Mar 2, 2017, 10:26 AM by Laura Costello
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M.S.A.D. 60 has a duty to locate, evaluate and identify any child residing in the District or attending a private school within the district who qualifies for Special Education services accommodations or services.

Children eligible for special education include those children with disabilities who have autism, deaf-blindness, developmental delay, emotional-behavior disability, hearing impairment, mental disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment, or developmental delay and who, because of such an impairment, need special education services.

If you suspect your child has a disability and may need special education services, or if you would like additional information, please contact your child’s teacher, principal or call the Special Education Department at (207) 676-2234 ext. 6