Special Education Programs
Continuum of Service Options
The Special Education program in the Tukwila District serves students from birth through 21 years of age. Children birth through two years of age are served through contracts with community agencies. Instructional and support services are delivered by special education teachers, school psychologists, speech language pathologists, behavior specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and educational assistants. In compliance with federal and state law, students with disabilities are served in the least restrictive environment to the maximum extent possible. All special education students at all district schools participate as appropriate in general education classrooms. Special education services include individualized specially-designed instruction in academic skills, adaptive skills (self help; self advocacy, community, independent living etc.), communication and language skills, motor skills, social skills, behavior and vocational skills. An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed at least annually for each special education student, and goals and objectives (where appropriate) are written based upon formal and informal testing and on-going quantitative data.
Emotional-Behavioral Disability Specialist
Occupational Therapist (OT) and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)
District Special Education Programs
- Birth to Three. Infants and toddlers with disabilities are provided early intervention assistance through agencies such as SKIP and Encompass.
- Early Childhood. Children, ages 3 to 5, with developmental delays in communication, cognition, social-emotional, adaptive, and motor skills areas receive specially-designed instruction at one of three schools in the district. This is a half day program. (Location: Cascade View Elementary)
- Extended Day. Children, ages 3 to 5, with a medical diagnosis on the autism spectrum or an educational disability category of autism, and a demonstrated need based on data for early intervention may be eligible to receive additional services that address the unique communication, social, and behavioral needs of this disability. (Location: Cascade View Elementary)
- Learning Resource Center I (LRC I) . School-age students receive specially-designed instruction in academic, behavior, and social areas as indicated on their evaluation from the LRC I staff/classroom and/or related service therapists. (Location: all schools)
- Learning Resource Center II (LRC II). School-age students with moderate to severe disabilities receive specially designed instruction in all areas as indicated on their evaluations from the LRC II staff/classroom and/or related services. Opportunities for participation in the general education class will occur as designated in the IEP. (Location: Tukwila Elementary, Showalter Middle School, and Foster High School)
- Transition. Students, ages 18 to 21, with significant disabilities recieve ongoing specially designed instruction in the areas of community living and work training. (Location: Highline Community College ACHIEVE Program .)
- Outside Agencies. Students, ages 3-21, receive specially-designed instruction in a setting outside of the District if the District is unable to provide an appropriate program to meet the student’s needs.