Special Education Related Services
Occupational and Physical Therapy
  • Philosophy: In accordance with federal and state guidelines, DISD provides physical and occupational therapy as a related service so that the student may benefit from his/her special education instruction and for implementation of a student’s IEP.  Physical and occupational therapy in the educational setting differs from that received from the traditional medical model of services (outpatient therapy). Educational need for therapy is determined by a student’s ability to perform in his/her educational setting.
  • Goals: Improve classroom participation, support classroom teachers and staff, provide access to student’s educational environment.
  • Process: Physical and occupational therapy evaluations can be a part of a students initial FIE if a problem in those areas is identified at the time of initial referral. Student’s enrolled in special education can be referred at any time for a physical or occupational therapy evaluation if there is an educational need.
  • Description: Services are typically delivered using an integrated classroom model to address barriers that are preventing the student from benefiting from the educational setting. Services may also be provided in a small group motor labs and teacher consultation. Services are centered around finding a way for each individual student to participate in their education to the best of their ability.

 

OT/PT STAFF

Name 

Title    

Phone 

Email  

 Tanya Jensen

PT (Team Lead)

 (281) 229- 6840

 tjensen@dickinsonisd.org

 Margarita Brumlow

 PT

 (281) 229- 6915

 MBrumlow@dickinsonisd.org

 Tiffany West

 OTR

 (281) 229- 6231

 TWest@dickinsonisd.org

 Christina Dominy

 OTR (Assistive Technology)

 (281) 229- 6717

 CDominy@dickinsonisd.org

 Rhonda Meyers-Paal

 OTR

 (281) 229- 7054

 MGibson@dickinsonisd.org

 Jesse Flores

 OTR

(281) 229- 6031

 jflores2@dickinsonisd.org

 

 


Assistive Technology

In accordance with Federal and State guidelines, DISD provides a comprehensive and integrative approach to assistive technology. Assistive technology devices and services are offered to support a student with a disability in the acquisition of a free and appropriate public education (FAPE).
  • Goals: To increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of students with disabilities in their education setting.
  • Process: The ARD committee determines whether or not AT devices and services are necessary for the student to work toward mastery of the goals and objectives in the student’s IEP.
“Assistive technology device” means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities.  “Assistive technology service” means any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.

The quotes are from section 300.5 and 300.6  Chapter III code of Federal Regulations.

Christina Dominy - Lead Contact


Instructional Services

Adapted Physical Education
  • Philosophy: In the state of Texas, Adapted Physical Education is considered and instructional service. In DISD, it is our philosophy that the student participate in physical education with their peers to the maximum extent allowed by their disability. We strive to provide modifications and integration of services into the general education curriculum.
  • Goals: To modify and or adapt the activities so that a student with disabilities can participate to the maximum extent in the general physical education setting with their peers.
  • Process: Adapted physical education evaluations can be done as part of a student’s initial FIE or as requested by the ARD committee. The evaluations can be performed by an physical education teacher certified in adapted physical education or by a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant.
  • Description: Services are integrated into the student’s academic setting to the extent their disability allows. Activities are modified to meet each individual student’s needs. Services can be provided by a certified adapted PE teacher, special education teacher, physical therapist, physical therapy assistant, occupational therapist, and occupational therapy assistant.
Tanya Jensen - Lead Contact


School Health / Nursing
  • Philosophy: In accordance with federal and state guidelines, DISD provides school health and nursing services as a related service so that the student may benefit from his/her special education instruction and for implementation of a student’s IEP.  The Dickinson School Health Services program recognizes the relationship between students’ health status and their ability to learn and be successful in the academic arena
  • Goals:  Our health services staff works actively to improve classroom participation by supporting and promoting the connection between health and academic achievement and eliminate barriers that hinder student learning, school entry, and attendance.  The health services program helps students seek an optimal level of physical, mental and social development; links home, school and community; and promotes healthy activities and behaviors that lead to academic success.
  • Process: School health and nursing services can be a part of a student’s individualized education plan (IEPs) when a need in those areas is identified at the time of initial evaluation or during re-evaluation.  Students enrolled in special education can utilize school health / nursing services to help him or her access a free, appropriate public education (FAPE).  The school nurse works as a team member to identify and evaluate health and safety concerns.
Erica Hollister, Lead Nurse


Counseling as a related service provided by an LSSP
Description:
  • Counseling is provided to students with disabilities if data and other information collected by the multidisciplinary assessment team indicates counseling is necessary for them to benefit from their individual education program (IEP).
  • Counseling services in Dickinson ISD refer to skills training provided directly to the student. This can be done either individually or in a group. Skills address could include, but not limited to, social skills, anger management, and coping strategies.
  • An IEP is required to identify the specific skills to be addressed.

Psychological Services
Description:
  • Psychological services are provided to students with disabilities if data and other information collected by the multidisciplinary assessment team indicates counseling is necessary for them to benefit from their individual education program (IEP).
  • Psychological services in Dickinson ISD can be provided either directly or indirectly. Direct services are provided to the student, whereas indirect services would be provided to teachers and staff who work with the student on behalf of the student. They could include consultation regarding classroom discipline, social skills training, classroom-based interventions that promote understanding of disabilities, and coordination of regular and special education programs.
  • An IEP is needed to address what skills will be addressed, but this could be a behavioral IEP or Behavior Intervention P
The mission of the Dickinson Independent School District is to ensure that all students have safe and successful learning opportunities that help them reach their full potential and add quality throughout their lives. 

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