• WIU Classrooms

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    Autistic Support:  A specialized classroom for students ages 5-21 who need a program that provides academic, communication,sensory, and behavioral services are diagnosed with one of the autism spectrum disorders. The program is highly structured with an emphasis on behavior modification and encourages independence and self-sufficiency in the areas of communication, community based instruction, functional academics, vocational,leisure, and social skills.  Placement in an Autistic Support program is an IEP Team decision and based on individual student need.

     

    Contact Information:  Westmoreland IU at 724-836-2460 & ask for the special education supervisor in your school district.

     

    Life Skills Support:  Provides services for students 5–21 years of age whose primary identified need is to develop skills for independent living. These children generally demonstrate moderate cognitive disabilities and require concrete and functional instruction. Emphasis is placed on functional academics, daily living,self-care, life skills, communication, self-advocacy skills, and vocational training.  The Westmoreland Intermediate Unit provides life skills support instruction in various school districts across the county and also at Clairview School.

     

    Contact Information:  Westmoreland IU at 724-836-2460 & ask for the special education supervisor in your school district.

                                    Colleen Suchko, Clairview School Principal at 724-837-9465

     

    Multi-handicapped Support:  Provides specially designed instruction to students who have two or more disabilities of equal severity and whose program needs are communication, activities of daily living, as well as personal and social skills.  The Westmoreland Intermediate Unit classes for multi-handicapped support are located at Clairview School.

    Contact Information:  Colleen Suchko, Clairview School Principal at 724-837-9465

     

    Physical Support:  This program provides specially designed instruction to students whose physical/mental disabilities are of such severity that program modification is needed to meet these physical and cognitive deficiencies.  The Westmoreland Intermediate Unit classes for physical support are located at Clairview School.

    Contact Information:  Colleen Suchko, Clairview School Principal at 724-837-9465

     

    Emotional Support:  A special education program that provides support and structure for students who demonstrate a lack of school success due to emotional and behavioral issues.  According to IDEA 2004, emotional disturbance means “a condition exhibiting one or more of the following characteristics over a long period of time and to a marked degree:

    • An inability to learn which cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory or health factors.
    • An inability to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers.
    • Inappropriate types of behavior or feelings.
    • A general pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression.
    • A tendency to develop physical symptoms, pains, or fears associated with personal or school problems. 

    The Westmoreland Intermediate Unit provides emotional support instruction in various school districts across the county and also at Clairview School.

     

    Contact Information:  Westmoreland IU at 724-836-2460 & ask for the special education supervisor in your school district.

                                    Colleen Suchko, Clairview School Principal at 724-837-9465

     

    Learning Support:  A program designed to help students who need intensive academic support.  Students in a learning support program are removed from the general education setting for academic subjects to work in a small controlled setting with a special education teacher.  Students in a learning support program may be working at all different academic levels. Learning support classrooms offer structure, routine, and appropriate expectations based on the student’s current strengths and needs.    

    According to IDEA 2004, a specific learning disability, means a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell or to do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.   

    Specific learning disability does not include learning problems that are primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor disabilities, of mental retardation, of emotional disturbance, or of environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage.

    Areas of specific learning disability include:

    • Reading Fluency Skills
    • Basic Reading Skill
    • Reading Comprehension
    • Mathematics Problem Solving
    • Mathematics Calculation
    • Written Expression
    • Oral Expression
    • Listening Comprehension

     

    The Westmoreland Intermediate Unit provide learning support instruction in various districts across the county. 

    Contact Information:  Westmoreland IU at 724-836-2460 & ask for the special education supervisor in your district.