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VAC: Spotlight on the Virginia Beach City Schools Special Education Annex

May 7, 2015

VAC: Spotlight on the Virginia Beach City Schools Special Education Annex

  • The Special Education Annex provides the following programs /supports;
  • Special Education Itinerant services are provided for students with IEPs and 504s within VBCPS and SECEP classrooms across the division
  • Developing High Support classrooms within elementary and secondary schools to provide the necessary materials for social, behavioral, sensory, and communication needs
  • Behavior Management Rooms at selected elementary and secondary schools designed to deescalate behaviors while introducing alternative ways to articulate emotions/feelings using,
    • Adapted art and music instruction taught in group settings
    • Numerous supportive resources to address dysregulation, social and communication skill development, through the use of technology and curriculum materials
    • Provided physical education equipment such as treadmills, exercise bikes, etc.
    • Adapted Physical Education
    • Adapted Art and Music
    • Assistive Technology
    • Audiological Services
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders Support
    • Early Childhood Special Education
    • Hearing Impairment/Deaf
    • Interpreter Services
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Preschool Assessment Center
    • Speech-Language Impairment
    • Visual Impairment/Orientation and Mobility

Special Project(s) currently occurring or planning

  • Sixth year of providing Autism Specialists to work with instructional staff at the elementary and secondary schools
  • Fourth year of “building” High Support classrooms with specialized lighting, carpets, a variety of chairs (bean bags, child-sized rockers, Compass, etc.), technology (iPads, laptops, etc.), individualized instructional materials, room dividers and organizers, etc.
  • Second year of embedding a highly trained paraprofessional (as a follow-up to the state paratrainings) into select classrooms to provide real-time modeling of evidence-based practices for students with ASD, for extended periods of time. This para-coaching model has demonstrated success in both elementary and secondary settings.
  • Training Trio Teamsfrom each of the 80+ schools on successful communication/social/behavioral supports:
    • One full day of training and two-2 hour follow-up trainings spread throughout the school year
    • Administrator along with a special education and general education teacher
    • Taught using the Train the Trainer model to take back to their schools
    • Provided each school with:
      • A DVD with over 100 Evidence-based Practices; visual supports, informational sheets, research articles, PowerPoints, videos, etc. to use in their school’s training
      • A bag containing a Time Timer, fidgets (3), counter, laminated visuals on a lanyard ring, etc.
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