Special Education Services for Students with Disabilities at Auburn Public Schools
Auburn Public Schools supports students with disabilities in a variety of ways. Nebraska Special Education Law (Rule 51) mandates that services must be available from birth and up to the year of child’s 21st birthday. Each decision in educational programming is based upon the individual needs of the child and every effort is made to ensure students with disabilities are educated with their peers who do not have disabilities.
Currently, Auburn employs ten certified special education teachers throughout the district. Additional certified staff members include a Speech Language Pathologist and School Psychologist. These teachers and professionals develop individual educational plans for the students they serve. Auburn Public Schools also employs para-educators to assist students in accessing the general curriculum. The most common instructional practice used by the staff is direct instruction in areas of weakness-this can include academics, social skills, and skills needed for independent living. Our staff members are experts on interventions that support student learning.
In addition to these staff members, Auburn Public Schools also utilizes specialists outside of the district who have expertise in a specific field of special education. This includes a(n): Audiologist, Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Physical Therapist, and Occupational Therapist, just to name a few. Each specialist comes to the district with specific skills and is able to offer direct services to students as well as consultation to both the general education and special education staff. The amount of knowledge they have is astounding, and as a district, we are fortunate to have access to each of them.
There are also specially designed programs available for students with disabilities. Bulldog Beginnings Preschool offers a quality program with skilled teachers for both children with disabilities and children without disabilities. One of the two preschool teachers also holds a special education teaching certificate. The Auburn Public Schools Life Skills program focuses on instruction for students in grades 6-12 who need additional opportunities to practice social, independent living, and employment skills. The location of the Life Skills Program is at Auburn High School. For students who require individualized instruction to address social and emotional needs, programs are available at the elementary and high school campuses as well as at the Central Offices Building. These teachers have been trained in handling all aspects of student behavior.
Understanding everything related to special education can be difficult for families. The staff at Auburn Public Schools is dedicated to helping families by addressing their concerns, answering any questions they may have, and offering quality educational programs.