Clinical Specialist Services

Clinical Specialist Services

Our staff of highly qualified professionals is available to provide direct and consultative services to support local programming efforts. Services may be arranged on a one-time or continuing basis. CES offers services for speech and language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, vision, mobility, and assistive technology.

  • Support services can be requested and provided for students enrolled  in CES student programs (like HEC Academy or CBWE), and these are generally initiated as part of the referral process to the program.
  • Districts may also contract directly for one-time or continuing clinical services in their own schools on behalf of students that are not enrolled in CES programs. 
  • Therapists may also provide training to schools or districts in order to build the skills of district specialists

ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION services are delivered to students with special needs who are unable to participate in general physical education. The APE teacher will adapt the objectives, content, or delivery of instruction to meet the individualized needs of students.

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY addresses communication disabilities through the use of alternative and augmentative communication and adapted curriculum solutions; as well as offering technology solutions that can enable students to more successfully access the standard curriculum. Assessment and consultation services are available through our nationally known CCATT Center.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY services can enhance a student’s ability to function in an educational program. OT services in schools may include such therapies as:

  • Self-help or adaptive living skills
  • Functional mobility
  • Positioning
  • Sensory-motor processing
  • Fine and gross motor performance
  • Life and vocational skills
  • Psychosocial adaptation

PHYSICAL THERAPY services address a child’s posture, muscle strength, mobility, and organization of movement in educational environments. PT services in schools may include treatment to:

  • Increase joint function, muscle strength, mobility and endurance
  • Improve gross motor skills and range of motion, improve the student’s posture, gait and body awareness
  • Monitor the function, fit, and proper use of mobility aids and devices

SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY services address the needs of students with communication disabilities. School services may include:

  • Assessment and identification of speech or language impairments
  • Referral for medical or other professional attention necessary for the habilitation of speech or language impairments
  • Provision of direct or consultative speech and language services to students
  • Counseling and guidance to parents and teachers

VISION / ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY services are provided to blind or visually impaired students. Specialists may also provide classroom teachers with strategies for accommodations and modifications necessary for instruction. Services may include:

  • Teaching students to utilize aids and accommodations
  • Developing systematic orientation to and safe movement within the school
  • Understanding and using remaining visual and low vision aids

PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES are delivered when necessary to help students benefit from their special education and may include:

  • Administering psychological and educational assessments
  • Interpreting test results
  • Interpreting a student’s behavior and conditions related to learning
  • Consulting with teachers in planning school programs to meet the special needs of children as indicated by evaluations
  • Planning and managing a program of psychological services such as counseling for students and parents
  • Assisting in developing positive behavioral intervention strategies
For more information, contact: 
Position: 
Director of Special Education
Phone: 
413.586.4900 x5260
Email: 
ssmith@collaborative.org