Learning Support Glossary

Explanation of Terminology

Accommodation – Accommodations do not alter the goal of a lesson but rather provide alternate ways of accessing that goal; they generally fall into the categories of timing, presentation, setting, and response/assessment.

Modification – Modifications significantly alter the goal of a lesson either by changing the expectations or by modifying the goal itself based on the learner’s ability.

Intervention – strategies to assist in meeting goals

Testing –  variety of assessments to provide inform instruction and assess progress

Documentation – Information to support specific services filed in students’ cumulative folder.

Occupational Therapy (OT)  Support services that focus on developing functional skills related to sensory-motor integration, coordination of movement, fine motor skills, self-help skills (dressing, self-feeding, etc.), adaptive devices/equipment, and positioning for school work.

Physical Therapy (PT) – Instructional support and treatment of physical disabilities provided by a trained physical therapist, under a doctor’s prescription, that helps a person improve the use of bones, muscles, joints, and nerves.

Speech and Language Therapy (SLT)  – A planned program to improve and correct speech and/or  language or communication problems in students who are not thought to be able to improve without such help.

Inclusion – Philosophy that students with significant learning needs are at home in the general ed classroom but receive individualized instruction according to their IEP in a resource room. Parents and teachers identify the goals for the year for students in the areas of academic, spiritual, social, emotional, and physical needs.

Explanation of Acronyms

CLC Network – Christian Learning Center Network is a non-profit organization that delivers and equips education and support services to faith-based schools and churches.

CST – Child Study Team: The CST meeting includes parents, the teacher, and the learning support teacher.

ISP – Individualized Student Plan: An ISP is created by DCS LSS staff identifying a student’s learning needs and outlining the nature of service to be received.  This document is reviewed annually with parents and teachers.

IEP – Individualized Education Plan: An IEP is a legally binding document created  by the public school for specific services. It is a detailed description of the educational goals, assessment methods, behavioral management plan, and educational performance of a student requiring special education services meetings. An IEP meeting can be called by a parent at any time. This is reviewed annually.

LSS – Learning Support Services provides direct and consultation services to address short and long term remediation objectives such as academic and/or social support.

MET – Multi-disciplinary Evaluation Team: testing and meeting required every 3 years to qualify  or requalify a student for Caledonia Special  Services.