St. Ignatius School strives to meet the needs of a wide variety of learners, from gifted to those who have special needs. Differentiated instruction and enrichment opportunities are available across the grade levels. Instructional specialists bring a depth of knowledge to their subject areas, and intervention specialists are assigned to each grade.
Our Inclusion Support Team includes the following roles:
Director of Exceptional Learners
Our Director of Exceptional Learners oversees schoolwide data and coordinates the development of the IEP each year with the local school district, parents and St. Ignatius educators. The Exceptional Learners Office handles scholarship paperwork and serves as a resource for parents.
Our Inclusion Coordinator maintains compliance with each student’s district of residence. She coordinates the schedule of the building’s IEP meetings with the IEP team and the districts of residence to ensure that annual reviews are conducted on time. Throughout the school year she updates the school’s list of students with special needs (“Inclusion Load”) that helps administration and the grade-level teams plan for special services and accommodations.
School Psychology Services
Two school psychologists provide support for staff, students, parents and administration in developing strategies for academic, emotional and behavioral supports for students. If a child’s educational team suspects that a student has a disability, our school psychologists lead the school based evaluation team.
On any given day the school psychologist staff can be found facilitating small group activities to help children learn strategies for self-regulation or managing anxiety, observing students in classes, or meeting with parents and teachers in intervention assistance meetings. Additionally, our psych team helps to develop schoolwide programs and initiatives to build and maintain a positive culture and understanding of good mental health.
A full time nurse dispenses medications as directed by a physician, provide monitoring of medical conditions as needed, maintains medical records and advises staff of student needs.
Intervention specialists are assigned to a grade level, where they share a room with a homeroom teacher. Most support services take place in the regular classroom, either in small group activities or as one to one assistance. When necessary, and as indicated on a student’s IEP or ISP, services may be provided in a resource room outside of the classroom. This typically addresses the need for a quiet environment such as when working on listening skills or phonics instruction.
Speech & Language Pathologists
Our licensed and highly trained speech/language pathologists provide therapy in both the classroom and/or in pullout settings to work in small groups or individually with students. Research-based therapy techniques are used and data is collected to monitor student progress. Areas addressed in therapy include pragmatic (social language) skills, phonological awareness, articulation, receptive language, abstract and non literal language, expressive language, voice, listening skills, and speaking fluency. Our SLP’s help develop behavior plans/charts, social stories, role playing techniques and video modeling to foster independent social skills. The speech/language pathologists work collaboratively with all teachers and parents to develop and implement strategies that will benefit the students.
The occupational therapist works with small groups and individual students to help with sensory processing deficits, social interactions and fine motor development. They may develop sensory diets or sensory breaks. Occupational therapists can help the classroom teacher to create an environment and provide visuals to increase readiness for learning. They work in gym class or at recess to teach social interactions. They consult with parents and teachers to provide the best outcomes for the student.
The physical therapist works with students to build strength, range of motion, balance and flexibility. Skills addressed may include walking, stair climbing, and movement around the classroom.
(An itinerant) School Audiologist supports our students who have hearing impairments and provides the hearing assistive technology that is needed to meet their needs. They also provide staff training, professional development and consultation as well direct services to students in self-advocacy, and the use of hearing assistive technology for the hearing impaired.
Itinerant Vision Specialists support students and teachers through consultation and direct services to help students to access the school and classroom environment.