• Programs and Services

    The following is a list of programs and services available to you and your child within the West Bloomfield School District.  One of the main factors taken into consideration when determining which programs and services would be most appropriate for a student is Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). 

    LRE means that a student who has a disability should have the opportunity to be educated with non-disabled peers, to the greatest extent possible. They should have access to the general education curriculum, extracurricular activities, or any other program that non-disabled peers would be able to access. The student should be provided with supplementary aids and services necessary to achieve educational goals if placed in a setting with non-disabled peers. Should the nature or severity of his or her disability prevent the student from achieving these goals in a regular education setting, then the student would be placed in a more restrictive environment, such as a special classroom.
     
     Ancillary Services 
     

    Speech and Language Services:

    Speech and language pathologists work with students who have communication impairments, including: articulation, voice, fluency, or language.  The speech and language pathologists may work with students individually, in small groups, or in the student's classroom.  Speech and language pathologists are also responsible for diagnostic evaluations, and scheduling and facilitating Individualized Education Program Team meetings for students receiving only speech and language services.
     
     
    School Social Work Services:
     
    The school social worker assists students whose social or emotional problems interfere with learning and prohibits the student from benefiting from school experiences. They consult with parents and students, as well as, teachers and administrators. The school social worker is a member of the multidisciplinary evaluation team, and coordinates services between the school and community.  In most cases the school social worker facilitates the Individualized Education Program Team meetings.
     
     

    Teacher Consultative Services:

    Teacher Consultants are available in each elementary and secondary school in the West Bloomfield School District.  They provide a variety of services and supports for students eligible for special education who spend a majority of time in the general education setting. 
     

    Psychologist Services:

    The primary function of the school psychologist is to provide a comprehensive psychological evaluation of students being considered for special education services.  All students receiving special education must have a re-evaluation every three years.  The psychological evaluation may include assessments of ability, achievement and behavior.
     
     

    Occupational and Physical Therapy:

    Occupational and/or physical therapy is provided when the Individual Education Program Team determines these services are necessary in order for the student to benefit from their education program.  Physical therapy requires a physician's prescription to provide service. The therapist evaluates a student's needs, develops and implements therapy programs, and provides consultative services.  In West Bloomfield, occupational and physical therapists are contracted according to the need of the district.
     
     
     
    In District Programs 
     
     
    Early Childhood Special Education Services - Early Intervention:

    Early intervention is designed for children from birth to 3 years of age who are eligible for services.  These services, which follow a twelve month calendar, focus on developing communication, mobility and social skills.  Parents participate with the teacher, speech therapist, occupational and physical therapists to teach children these skills.
     

    Early Childhood Special Education Program:

    A classroom program is designed for children from three to five years of age who are identified by a multidisciplinary evaluation as eligible for special education services.  The program, which follows the West Bloomfield School District calendar, addresses the developmental hierarchy of skills necessary for success in later formal education.  Additionally, it provides modeling of successful techniques and added support for parents. 
     
     

    Resource Room Program:

     
    One or more resource room programs are available in each elementary and secondary school in the West Bloomfield School District.  These programs provide academic assistance for students eligible for special education who spend a majority of time in the general education setting. 
     

    Program for Students with Cognitive Impairment:

    Students who qualify for special education in this area are provided with individualized instruction in classrooms taught by a special education teacher.  Classrooms with a small number of students are provided at the elementary, middle and high school levels.  The goal of the program is for the students to live independently as respected citizens.  The program focuses on daily living skills, job skills, personal and social skills, self care skills and functional academics. The students in the program are included in general education classes when it is appropriate as determined by the Individualized Education Program Team. 
     
     

    Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder:

    Students who qualify for special education in this area are provided with individualized instruction in classrooms taught by a special education teacher.  There are six classrooms from preschool through high school.  The program focuses on the development of communication, cognitive, social-emotional, self-help and vocational skills for older students.  Students also participate in community based instruction.  Opportunities in general education are available when appropriate dependent upon  individual student needs and as determined by the Individualized Education Program Team.
     
     
     

    Program for Students with Emotional Impairment:

    Students who qualify for special education in this area are provided with individualized instruction in classrooms taught by a special education teacher.  Classrooms with a small number of students are provided at the middle and high school levels.  The program focuses on the development of appropriate behavior skills necessary to be successful in school and later in life.  Students are provided with opportunities in general education, when appropriate, to allow them to develop social skills in the environment in which they naturally occur.  The students in the program are included in general education classes when it is appropriate as determined by the Individualized Education Program Team. 
     
     
    CENTER BASED PROGRAMS
      
    The West Bloomfield School District operates a center-based program that service students throughout Oakland County.  Placement in this program is determined by the Individualized Education Program Team (IEPT).  Because this is a county-wide program, residency in the West Bloomfield School District cannot guarantee placement in the program.
     
     

    Center Based Program for Students with Emotional Impairment: 
    S.T.E.P.S. (Structured Therapeutic Environment Promoting Success) is the West Bloomfield Program for Children with Emotional Impairment.  It is a center based program that provides services for elementary aged students.  It is housed at Roosevelt Elementary School.  The program focuses on the development of appropriate behavior skills necessary to be successful in school and later in life.  Students are provided with opportunities in general education, when appropriate, to allow them to develop social skills in the environment in which they naturally occur. 

     

    CENTER BASED PROGRAMS OUTSIDE THE DISTRICT:

    There are some students who will need programs and services not available within the West Bloomfield School District.  Additional center programs are available throughout the county.  For example, the Bloomfield Hills School District operates the Program for Children with Hearing Impairment, the Program for Children with Severe Cognitive Impairment and the Program for Children with Severe Multiple Impairments who require these types of services.  Placement in these programs is determined by the Individualized Education Program Team (IEPT).