Special Education Services
Kings Canyon Unified offers a range of services for students enrolled in the district with special education needs. See below for more information about some of the services offered and get to know some of the team members.
- School Psychologists
- Speech Therapists
- Behavior Intervention Team
- Special Education Teachers
- Related Services
- Adult Transition Program (ATP)
Our district employs 15 school psychologists whose duties primarily include: case management of special education students; behavioral support; psychological assessments; counseling and guidance; threat assessments and crisis interventions.
As case managers, our psychologists oversee the due process and legal procedures for the special education students and their services. In addition, those general education students who have significant behavioral needs may be receiving direct support from the psychologists. This support may include direct counseling and collaboration with the school staff and administration.
Speech and language services include the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of communication disorders which adversely affect a child's educational performance. The focus of the Speech and Language Specialists in our schools is to facilitate the development of effective and efficient communication skills so that students may participate as fully as possible in educational, social, and vocational interactions. Speech and Language Specialists conduct assessments and provide therapy for children who have a variety of disabilities in the areas of articulation, language, voice or fluency. Language assessments may involve receptive and/or expressive language, including phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Services are provided for eligible students from birth to age 21. Depending on the nature and severity of the disorder, services may consist of individual or group therapy, services integrated in the regular classroom or indirect services through monitoring or consultation with the classroom and/or special education teacher. Intervention services are also provided by our specialists in order to determine the need for an assessment, or provide short-term services. RtI may be provided for students with language or fluency concerns, and our SIP (Speech Improvement Program) services are for students with articulation needs. All of the Speech Language Specialists in KCUSD have earned their Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) by the American Speech Language Hearing Association and are licensed by the State of California.
Behavior Intervention Team
The Behavior Intervention team is composed of a Behavior Intervention Specialist, Case Managers and Behavior Intervention Technicians that provide ongoing training and support to special education teachers, specialists, parents, general education teachers, and school staff who serve the needs of students in the Kings Canyon Unified School District. The services of the Behavior Intervention Team focus on those students with disabilities or behaviors that impair learning or social functions. The team assists in the development of interventions; by completing behavior assessments and in the development of behavior plans for the purpose of providing a safe and effective educational environment for students with challenging behaviors. The Behavior Intervention Team collaborates with the School Psychologist, school site staff, and district personnel to provide individualized student assessments and assistance in the development of appropriate communication and social behaviors. In addition, the Behavior Intervention Team is responsible for developing district as well as site-specific training and workshops on topics related to behavioral change, assessment, interventions, evidence-based practices, and progress monitoring based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
District Special Education services may provide individual and small group instruction that emphasizes the development of cognition, language, social, behavioral, self-help and academic skills to individual’s ages 0-22 years that have various forms of abilities. Needs are addressed within a curriculum aligned to Common Core State Standards.
RESOURCE SPECIALIST PROGRAM (RSP)
The Resource Specialist Program (RSP) provides direct instruction and services for those students identified by the IEP team as having a disability and who are assigned to a general education classroom for a majority of the school day. The Resource Specialist may provide direct instruction in the general education classroom or in small groups outside of the classroom. The instruction is in collaboration with the student's general education teacher and Common Core State Standards. A continuum of services is available to the student at his/her home school site.
- K-5 Schools RSP Teachers
- K-8 Schools RSP Teachers
- Middle Schools RSP Teachers
- High Schools RSP Teachers
- Alternative Schools RSP Teachers
- District Wide Preschool RSP Teacher
SPECIAL DAY CLASS (SDC)
The Special Day Class Program is for those students with significant learning deficits and whose needs cannot be met adequately in the general education classroom or in the Resource Specialist Program. The majority of instruction for these students is provided in the Special Day Class. Mainstreaming into the general education setting is provided as appropriate for SDC students. Special Day Classrooms are not located at every school site and students may be transported to the location of a school site where an SDC classroom is located. The goal of these programs is to provide instruction that is focused on academics, career, and prevocational training.
Related Services means transportation and such developmental, corrective, and other supportive services as are required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education, and includes speech language pathology and audiology services, interpreting services, psychological services, physical and occupational therapy, recreation, including therapeutic recreation, early identification and assessment of disabilities in children, counseling services, including rehabilitation counseling, orientation and mobility services, and medical services for diagnostic or evaluation purposes. Related services also include school health services and school nurse services, social work services in schools, and parent counseling and training (Code of Federal Regulations 34 CFR 300.34(a)).
- KCUSD'S Vision/ATP Mission
- Program Overview
- Who is Eligible to Participate?
- Instructional Model
- Certificates Offered
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All students will learn and succeed. Each student at every level will:
- encounter a challenging and interesting curriculum;
- experience a variety of instructional strategies that promote lifelong learning;
- build high self esteem through success in personal responsibility and achievement;
- engage in enriching co-curricular activities
Building upon KCUSD’s vision, the Adult Transition Program is a college and community based program designed to support individuals ages 18-22 with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Our mission is to provide instructional and work-related activities to foster and enable students’ learning of personal, social, and job-related skills to help prepare them for employment and independence. We aim to promote confidence in our students and strive to empower them to make their own responsible decisions and actions, as members of the global society.
Eligible candidates for the ATP include:
- transition-age youth (approximately 18-22 years of age)
- previously enrolled in Special Day Class for moderate to severe or RSP certificate track
- a high school history of good attendance and appropriate behavior
The IEP team will determine if a referral to the KCUSD's ATP is an appropriate next step.
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The ATP is a KCUSD program house on the Reedley College Campus. It is located in Portable #2. Our classroom is used for instruction, a meeting place, and student support. See map below for location of the ATP classroom.
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