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Signs that Your Child May Need Special Education Services

A child may need special help to make progress in school that is not normally needed by other children in the regular education classrooms. Your child may be exceptional if they have a physical, sensory, intellectual or emotional disability and need special education as determined by an Individualized Education Planning (IEP) Team. Children who are determined exceptional have a right to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE).

Some indicators that your child may be a child with a disability include:

1. Difficulty in academic subjects

2. Receiving failing grades

3. Repeating a grade

4. Exhibition of a serious emotional disturbance over a long period of time which affects your child’s ability to learn

5. Consistent problems in getting along with others

6. Difficulty communicating

7. Lack of interest or ability in age-appropriate activities

8. Resistance to change

9. Difficulty seeing or hearing that interferes with the ability to communicate

10. Health problems that effect educational performance

How to Make a Referral

If you believe that your child is in need of special help in order to make progress in school, help that is not normally needed by other children, contact your child’s principal, guidance counselor or the Supervisor of Special Education at (412) 466-8130. Duquesne City School District utilizes the Student Services Team and discrepancy model. Your child’s teacher, guidance counselor or principal can provide you with information on this helpful process.

To identify students who may be eligible for special education, various screening activities are conducted on an ongoing basis. These screening activities include review of group-based data (cumulative records, enrollment records, health records, report cards, ability and achievement tests scores); hearing, vision, physical, and speech/language screening; and review by the building-level team. When screening results suggest that the student might be exceptional, the district seeks parental consent to conduct a multidisciplinary evaluation. At any time through a written or verbal request or to the school principal, a parent may request an evaluation. The district will provide a form letter for a parent to request an evaluation. Services designed to meet the needs of exceptional students include the annual development of an Individualized Education Program (IEP), biennial or triennial multidisciplinary reevaluation, supportive intervention in the regular class, supplemental intervention in the regular class or in a special education support program, placement in a part-time or full-time special education class in the neighborhood school, or placement in a full-time special education class at a location other than the neighborhood school. The extent of special education services and the location for the delivery of such services are determined by the IEP team. They are based on the student’s identified needs and abilities, chronological age, and the level of intensity of the special intervention. The district also provides related services, such as transportation, physical therapy, and occupational therapy, required for the student to benefit from the special education program.

Parents may obtain additional information regarding special education services and programs and parental due process rights by contacting the child’s school principal or the Supervisor of Special Education at (412) 466-8130.

Services for Preschool Children

Act 212, the Early Intervention Services System Act, entitles all preschool children with disabilities to appropriate early intervention services. Young children experiencing developmental delays of physical, intellectual or emotional disabilities and their families are eligible for early intervention services. At-risk children are eligible for screening and tracking. The Pennsylvania Department of Education is responsible for providing services to preschool children from ages three through five. For information, contact the Allegheny Intermediate Unit at (412) 394-5816.


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