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Special Education Department

The Baldwin Park Unified School District offers a comprehensive program for special education that provides an opportunity for students of all ages to achieve their fullest educational potential.

A wide variety of services are provided by trained specialists, who first identify pupil needs and then recommend appropriate placement options. School Psychologists assist in the identification of intellectual, social and emotional needs of students. Language Speech Pathologists assist in the identification of receptive and expressive language and speech needs. School Nurses assist in the understanding of health and developmental needs. Resource Specialists and Special Day Class teachers provide a wide range of instruction, and implement the special education programs at the local school sites.

The Preschool Special Needs Program is designed to enhance the growth and development of disabled children from three to five years of age, and is based on an extensive comprehensive diagnostic assessment which profiles the child’s strengths and needs. Instructional emphasis is placed on visual processing, auditory processing, fine and gross motor development, language, pre-academic, social and self-help skills.

The Resource Specialist Program, available at each school site, assists the student with exceptional needs by providing services as he/she attends regular classes. Students may be instructed in this program for up to half of the regular school day.

Special Day Classes are designed to meet the individual needs of students with more severe disabling conditions who are unable to benefit by placement in the Resource Specialist Program. Students with more involved learning, communication, physical or emotional disabilities requiring smaller student enrollment and highly specialized and structured instruction are enrolled in these Special Day Classes but may be mainstreamed for a portion of the day. Classes are located in all geographical areas of the community and transportation is provided for students attending a school other than the local school of residence.

There are also a number of other supplementary services to assist disabled students to benefit from special education. These include transportation, speech and language, audiology, psychological services, physical and occupational therapy, and medical and counseling services. Eligibility for these services is determined by the IEP Team.

Baldwin Park Unified School District has joint agreements with surrounding school districts who maintain specialized programs such as those for the visually, deaf/hard of hearing and physically disabled. The Los Angeles Office of Education also operates several programs that are available for students with severe disabling conditions.