Welcome to the Special Education Department

Phone: 724-667-7782

Fax: 724-667-0602

Emily Billing Norma Huff
Supervisor of Pupil Services/School Psychologist Special Education Secretary
Ext. 1306 Ext. 1305
 

TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE

Supervisor’s Message

The Mohawk Area School District offers special education services to students with disabilities in a variety of service delivery options.

District Operated Programs

Autistic Support: Mohawk Elementary

Learning Support with Behavioral Support Structure: Mohawk Elementary

Learning Support: Mohawk Elementary

Speech and Language Support: Mohawk Elementary

Emotional Support: Mohawk Junior/Senior High School

Learning Support: Mohawk Junior/Senior High School

Learning Support with Life Skills/Autism Structure: Mohawk Junior/Senior High School

Speech and Language Support: Mohawk Junior/Senior High School

Mohawk Transition Program: Mohawk Junior/Senior High School

Gifted Program: Mohawk Elementary and Mohawk HS

Services Provided by Midwestern IU IV

Hearing Support: Mohawk Elementary and Mohawk HS

Vision Support: Mohawk Elementary and Mohawk HS

Physical Therapy: Mohawk Elementary and Mohawk HS

Assistive Technology: Mohawk Elementary and Mohawk HS

Orientation and Mobility: Mohawk Elementary and Mohawk HS

 

Services Provided by Outside Agencies

Occupational Therapy: Mohawk Elementary and Mohawk HS

Life Skills Programs: Neighboring School Districts

Special Education Programs

Types of Special Education Assignments

  • Learning Support - Provides academic support, as well as social support.
  • Emotional Support - Provides social, emotional and behavioral support.
  • Autistic Support - Provides a highly structured environment for academic, social, emotional, behavioral, and life skills support.
  • Speech and Language Support - Provides support to students’ who have difficulty with articulation, fluency, voice or language.

Levels of Intervention

The District operates resource rooms, part-time, full-time and itinerant level classes in a variety of settings. The designation of a classroom is dependent on the average amount of time most students spend in special education. The student’s IEP and not the type of classroom determine the amount of time a student is seen by a special education teacher. The following indicate the level of intervention provided in the various classrooms:

  • Inclusion – All classes in the regular classroom with support in the classroom
  • Itinerant – 1% to 20% in a special education classroom (IT)
  • Supplemental – 21% to 61% in a special education classroom (S)
  • Full-time – 61% to 100% in a special education classroom (FT)
  • Co-Teaching – Regular Education class with a special education teacher proving support in the regular education classroom.

Meeting Children’s Special Needs through the ABC’s

What are the ABC’s of the Mohawk Area School District?

Accepting all children regardless of their ability.

Believing that all children can learn given the opportunity to progress at their own rate.

Caring enough to provide quality education that meets the needs of every child.

What makes special education “Special” for my child?

The Mohawk Area School District professional staff constantly strives to improve the quality of the curriculum and instruction presented to your child. The district offers a continuum of services and programs that ensures the most appropriate educational placement, and provides an educational plan designed specifically for your child.

What Services are available for my preschool child?

Children, who are three years old to school entry age, are provided services through PA Department of Education (PDE) funding. This preschool program is presently coordinated by the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV Early Childhood and Family Support Services program. 725-458-6700

If my school age child is eligible for special education, what services are offered?

  • Learning
  • Multiple Disabilities Support
  • Support
  • Life Skills Support
  • Hearing Impaired Support
  • Emotional Support
  • Gifted Support
  • Visually Impaired
  • Physical Support
  • Autistic Support
  • Speech/Language Support

Could you briefly describe some of these services?

Multiple Disabilities and Life Skills Services provide for children through 21 years of age. The activities in these classes are based on the needs of the students and are designed to prepare them for actual life situations. Since these students will be involved in community activities, functional skills such as riding public transportation, shopping, planning and preparing meals, and developing leisure time interests are a major component of this program.

Other students may be provided with Learning Support, Physical Support, or Emotional Support Services. The student’s curriculum may be adapted to include specifically designed instruction, visual or hearing support, occupational therapy, or even a behavior plan specifically designed to meet the individual needs of the child. In the Mohawk School District, a full continuum of services is provided ranging from supportive intervention in the regular setting to full time placements.

Does the Mohawk Area School District follow inclusive practices?

Inclusion Models have been developed in all schools in the district. This enables students with special needs to be integrated in the regular classroom with support provided by Special Education Personnel. As a result, these students have the opportunity to participate in activities with their peers rather than being segregated in a separate classroom.

How does Special Education prepare my child for a career or employment in the future?

For our secondary students, the transition from high school to adult life requires careful planning and goal setting. Assessments are used to determine students’ aptitudes and interests, and then the appropriate placement is made by a team of staff members and parents. Mohawk’s Transition Program, School to Work Alliance Program is a model program for rural school in Pennsylvania. Students are provided a wide array of activities to help prepare them life after graduation.

What if my child excels academically?

The Gifted Support Classes provide enrichment activities that enhance and extend the regular curriculum. Students are given the opportunity to participate in accelerated activities to increase their knowledge base and to expand creative thinking skills in an environment that encourages the pursuit of individual interests and talents.

What if my child requires support in speech and language development?

The Speech and Language Staff is constantly developing new strategies on data collection, assessment, goal setting, and therapy delivery. Services are provided as a combination of in-class activities and small group sessions.

What other services are available to benefit my special needs child?

If your child has a health or medical problem requiring special services, our District is able to provide Visual and Hearing Support, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy, through Midwestern IU IV. We also offer adaptive physical education classes for any students not able to participate in the regular physical education program. Occasionally we may need to provide an assistive device to a student to facilitate learning in the classroom. The Mohawk staff identifies the strengths and needs of each student and the teaching strategies that would be most effective in the classroom. The aim of our District is to provide the necessary equipment and services to ensure a successful educational program.

As parents, how involved may I be in my child’s education?

In all facets of the Special Education Program, we encourage you, the Parent, to participate in team meetings, to assist with the development of goals for your child, and to be included in decisions regarding your child’s placement.

If we can be of service to you, please let us know. We want to provide the best possible education for your children to prepare them for the future.

We can make a difference by working together, accepting, believing, and caring, because every child is a special child.