Commonly Used Terminolgy in Preschool ESE

Alex Lopes, Coordinator

Phone: 754-321-7213

E-mail: alex.lopes@browardschools.com

Assistive Technology (AT)

Any item, piece of equipment or product system modified or customized that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

One who has a disability reflected in severe disorders of communications, behavior socialization, and academic skills, and whose disability was evident in the early developmental stages of childhood.

Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH)

One who has a hearing impairment aided or unaided, that interferes in processing linguistic information and which adversely affects communication, developmental skills, academic achievement, vocational-career skills, or social-emotional adjustment. The degree of loss may range from mild to profound.

Dual Sensory Impaired (DSI)

One who has dual sensory impairments affecting both vision and hearing, the combination of which causes a serious impairment in the abilities to acquire information, communicate, or function within the environment, or who has a degenerative condition which will lead to such an impairment.

Emotional/Behavioral Disability (EBD)

One whose condition results in persistent and consistent maladaptive behavior, which exists to a marked degree, and which interferes with the student’s learning process.

Exceptional Student Education (ESE)

The purpose of ESE is to help each child with a disability to progress in school and prepare for life after school. ESE services may include special teaching methods and materials, technology devices, therapy, special transportation, and/or other supports.

Homebound or Hospitalized (H/H)

The homebound or hospitalized student is one who has a medically diagnosed physical or mental condition requiring home or hospital confinement and restrictive activities for an extended period of time.

IDEA

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act mandates a free and appropriate education for all children. Our ESE Preschool Program is an educationally enriched environment to help your child develop a strong foundation for future educational experiences.

Individual Education Plan (IEP)

Every child in our program has an Individual Education Plan that has been developed by you, the parent, and the other members of the staffing committee. Your child’s IEP is based on his/her individual needs. Because of the diverse needs of our students, the approach to your child’s learning may be different from other children within the class. Our teachers and assistants use a multi-modality approach using all senses to help your child develop his/her skills.

Intellectual Disabilities (InD)

The InD program will be for those with impaired intellectual and adaptive behavior, and whose development reflects a reduced rate of learning.

Occupational Therapy (OT)

A specialized therapy for exceptional students whose physical, motor, or neurological deficits result in significant dysfunction in daily living or academic learning skills. School based occupational therapy is provided when deemed educationally relevant by the school team.

Physically Impaired (PI)

The term physically impaired includes students who are:

Physical Therapy (PT)

A specialized therapy for exceptional students whose physical, motor, or neurological deficits result in significant dysfunction in daily living or academic learning skills. A physician’s prescription is required in order to provide an evaluation. School based physical therapy is provided when deemed educationally relevant by the school team.

(PK) Student with Disabilities

One who is five years of age or below and has a sensory, physical, mental, or emotional condition, which significantly affects the attainment of normal developmental milestones. The emphasis of the preschool program for children with disabilities is the development of cognitive, language, motor, social/emotional and self-help skills in an educationally enriched environment.

John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program

The John M. McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program is established to provide the option to remain at assigned school, attend a public school other than the one to which assigned, or to provide a scholarship to a private school of choice. This is for students with disabilities for whom an individual education plan has been written in accordance with rules of the State Board of Education. Scholarships are for students with disabilities Kindergarten (K) through grade 12 that have spent the prior school year in attendance at a Florida pubic school. Prior school year in attendance means that the student was enrolled and reported by a school district for funding during the preceding October and February Florida Education Finance Program surveys in K through grade 12. For further information, log onto: www.floridaschoolchoice.org

Specific Learning Disabled (SLD)

One who has a disorder of the heterogeneous group of psychological processing. Disorders are manifested by significant difficulties in the acquisition and use of language, reading, writing, or mathematics.

Speech Impaired (SI)

One whose impairment(s) are defined as disorders of articulation, fluency, or voice interfere with communication, pre-academic or academic learning, vocational training, or social adjustment.

Language Impaired (LI)

One whose impairment is defined as a language disorder interferes with communication, pre-academic or academic learning, vocational training, or social adjustment.

Visually Impaired (VI)

One whose impairments are defined as disorders in the structure and function of the eye that, even with the best correction and treatment interfere with learning. Individuals with visual impairments are those who, after the best possible ocular correction, have no vision or have little potential for using vision and rely on tactual or auditory senses for learning. Partially-sighted individuals are those who, after the best possible adjustments and ocular corrections, use remaining vision for learning.

 

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