Special Education

We believe all kids can succeed!

We are honored to work with you and your children. We believe that collaboration between the home and school is essential to providing diverse supports and services to meet their individual learning needs. At TASD, we work with families to create Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) to meet the special needs of their children.

Does My Child Need Special Education?

Your child may be eligible for special education services if he/she

  • has a physical, sensory, mental or emotional disability; or
  • has a need for special education as determined by an evaluation.

To fully meet the definition (and eligibility for special education and related services) as a “child with a disability,” the child’s educational performance must be adversely affected due to the disability and show a need for services.

Please find out more if you are asking, “Does my child need special education?

Determining Services

Under Pennsylvania and federal law, a child with a disability has a right to special education and related services that are provided

  • at public expense;
  • under public supervision and direction; and
  • without charge to preschool (ages 3–5), elementary, or secondary school students;

in conformity with an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

This means that students with disabilities who need special education must receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE).

Your child could receive the following services at school by participating in the special education program:

  • Special transportation
  • Physical or occupational therapy
  • Other services that help or support your child as your child grows and learns

Read more about determining special educational services at TASD.

Speech & Language

Speech and language skills are linked to learning and academic success. By the time a child is four years old, his language is typically understandable and a useful tool for communication. Between the ages of four and eight, a child develops correct speech sounds and uses basic elements and structures of adult language. If you have any concerns about your child’s speech and language, do not hesitate to contact your child’s school for help.

See additional information about typical speech and language development.

Youth Ambassador

Youth Ambassador, Jason, pictured with other school representatives

K. Walton, J. Sampson, Youth Ambassador Jason, T. Zdarko, and A. Smith (left to right) celebrate with Jason — a recent guest speaker at the secondary transition coordinator meeting. Jason shared information about himself, his family, his interests, his education program, and his work experiences. Youth Ambassadors participate in a variety of activities to promote secondary transition opportunities across the local school districts. Congratulations, Jason!