Serving School Districts in Coos, Curry and Western Douglas Counties

South Coast Education Service District

Special Education Support Services

 

Augmentative Communication

The team is comprised of a Speech Pathologist (SLP) and Speech Pathologist Assistant (SLPA) who will find and create low tech devices to train staff and students to encourage language development.

 

Feeding Team

The Feeding Team will provide feeding evaluations to ensure that the individual students are able to eat safely while in a school environment, provide necessary training to staff to feed children with special feeding needs and provide appropriate training to district staff to feed students safely. The team is comprised of a Nurse (RN), Speech Pathologist (SLP), and Occupational Therapist (OT). All three specialist work together to ensure students are able to eat safely.

 

Nursing

South Coast ESD will provide, based on district request, a school nurse or one-to-one nursing services for a student with special health needs. The Nursing Program will provide nursing consultation to ensure that the individual health needs of all students are met, provide a safe and healthy environment for all students/staff, and provide necessary training to staff to care for children with special health care needs. Provide students appropriately trained

1: 1 nursing care as recommended by the IEP/IFSP team.

 

OIS/Behavior

Oregon Intervention System (OIS) is a process for implementing Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) and safe intervention in community programs. All staff members are certified in the OIS process and have monthly meetings to discuss behavior management of students.

 

Specialties

Special Education Support Services provides a variety of support services to families and school districts to help children access their education. These specialties include: Augmentative Communication, Feeding Team, Nursing and Oregon Intervention System and Behavior Consultation.

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Augmentative Communication

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Service Description

 

The AugCom team will assist students and staff to help enhance communication skills of students with special needs. The team is comprised of a Speech Pathologist (SLP) and Speech Pathologist Assistant (SLPA) who will find and create low tech devices to train staff and students to encourage language development. The SLP and SLPA will provide service to students in accordance with Individual Education Plans (IEP).

 

 

This program is contracted for the following services

 

Provide evaluation and assessment for children with significant communication disorders.

 

Provide SLP to be a member of the multidisciplinary team to consult and give recommendations for augmentative communication services on the IEP. The SLP will work with the teacher to create goals that incorperate language development.

 

Provide SLP and SLPA who work with students in small groups to teach communication skills that match the IEP goals and objectives.

 

Provide SLP and SLPA to consult with classroom staff to problem solve and create supportive communication tools. Specialists will show staff ideas of things to work on in between visits to maximize teaching communication to the student.

 

Provide augmentative communication services for students requiring either low- tech supported communication devices such as visual schedules, communication books, voice output devices, or high-tech computer or assistive technology devices. High-tech devices may be available for use on a trial basis to determine suitability but then must be provided by the parent and/or resident school district. District special education representatives must be in attendance at IEP meetings for these discussions.

 

Create visual/object schedules, communication books, and templates for low- tech devices for student and staff to work with.

 

Provide staff training to programs and school district staff to teach about different augmentative devices that can be used to support students.

 

SLP will keep up-to-date medicaid logs on services provided to students.

 

 

Feeding Team

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Service Description

 

The Feeding Team will provide feeding evaluations to ensure that the individual students are able to eat safely while in a school environment, provide necessary training to staff to feed children with special feeding needs and provide appropriate training to district staff to feed students safely. The team is comprised of a Nurse (RN), Speech Pathologist (SLP), and Occupational Theraptist (OT). All three specialist work together to ensure students are able to eat safely. This program is responsible for the following services:

 

 

This program is contracted for the following services

 

Provide comprehensive feeding evaluations for children with special health care needs and medically fragile children who have difficulty with eating safely.

 

Provide the initial feeding evaluation and two follow-ups per year for each student.

 

Provide guidelines and recommendation for safe feeding for District staff to follow when feeding students.

 

Provide consultation to trained District feeders who serve children with special needs.

 

Provide consultation relating to safe feeding at school to help meet the mandates of federal and state laws.

 

Provide consultation to all districts within service delivery area who request assistance planning Safe Feeding Protocols and Mealtime Plans.

 

Provide written protocols and train District staff to feed students with Safe Feeding Protocols and Mealtime Plans.

 

Nursing

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Nursing Program: School Nurse and 1:1 Nurse

 

Service Description for 2015-2016:

The Nursing Program will provide nursing consultation to ensure that the individual health needs of all students are met, provide a safe and healthy environment for all students/staff, and provide necessary training to staff to care for children with special health care needs. Provide students appropriately trained 1: 1 nursing care as recommended by the IEP/IFSP team.

 

The School Nurse will provide the following service:

• Conduct a Quality Assurance Review in order to identify students in the district that have medical needs, review current protocols, procedures and training needs.

• Conduct a comprehensive nursing assessment for all students who require medical protocols.

• Develop and train on all medical protocols.

• Provide a standardized school nurse manual and forms manual that complies with Oregon Department of Education and the National Association of School Nursing guidelines.

• Provide school health nursing to buildings as assigned.

• Complete paperwork as needed to maintain medical records and reports in compliance with Oregon Department of Education.

 

The One to One Nurse will provide the following service:

• Plan and manage for the student’s health needs in the school setting and on school transportation.

• Assess and monitor the student’s health needs each day of school attendance prior to boarding the school transportation both to and from school as well as any time the student is in transit on the school transportation.

• Assess and monitor student health needs each day of school attendance in general education and special education classrooms.

• Keep appropriate data and maintain an appropriate medical file on student.

• Bill Medicaid for services provided to student.

• When student is not present, Nurse will provide agreed upon supports to the school district.

The Consultation Nurse will provide the following service:

• Provide comprehensive nursing evaluations for children with special health care needs and medically fragile children.

• Provide ongoing supervision for the delegation of Licensed Practical Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, and Instructional Assistants in accordance with Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) rules and regulations (ORS Chapter 678 and OAR Chapter 851, Division 47). Concerns will be reported to designated District employee to follow up.

• Provide recommendations for nursing services in accordance with the Oregon Nurse Practice Act and the Oregon Department of Education.

• Provide Nursing Team members up-to-date information and training on all students who require intensive management and problem-solving.

• Provide consultation to district nurses who serve children with special needs.

• Attend IEP meetings, provide written input on student health needs, complete paperwork and protocols.

• Follow up with staff to ensure implementation of protocols is being followed. Make changes to protocols as needed to address any changes in student health status.

• Provide consultation relating to Nursing Services and IDEA to help meet the mandates of federal and state laws.

• Provide consultation to all districts within service delivery area who request assistance planning for nursing needs and/or nurse on special assignment.

 

OIS/Behavior

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South Coast ESD utilizes the Oregon Intervention System (OIS) training program of physical restraints and seclusion for use by ESD staff. As required by state regulation, the selected program includes:

 

  • Behavioral support
  • Prevention
  • De-escalation
  • Crisis response techniques

 

 

South Coast ESD has a certified OIS trainer who provides training to the school district staff on the South Coast. All staff who are trained and certified in OIS will hold certification for two years. Regular follow ups will be held throughout the year with staff to review appropriate technique for restraints.

 

Use of Restraint (PPI)

 

Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 581-021-0550 defines restraint as follows:

  • Restriction of a student’s movement by one or more persons, holding the student, or applying physical pressure upon the        student.
  • It does not include “touching or holding of a student without the use of physical force for the purpose of directing the student or assisting the student in completing a task or activity.”

 

The times in which a restraint may be allowed are:

  • A reasonable threat of imminent, serious bodily injury to the student or others;
  • Less restrictive interventions are ineffective;
  • For only as long as the behavior poses a reasonable threat of imminent, serious bodily injury to the student or others.

 

 

Use of Seclusion

 

Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 581-021-0550 defines seclusion as follows:

  • Seclusion – the involuntary confinement of a student alone in a room from which the student is prevented from leaving.
  • Seclusion does not include "time out.”

 

Physical restraint or seclusion may not be used for discipline, punishment or convenience of personnel of the public education program.

 

Physical restraint or seclusion may only be used by those staff who are trained to use physical restraint or seclusion or in the case of emergency circumstances when trained staff are not immediately available due to the unforeseeable nature of the emergency circumstance.

 

Counseling

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South Coast ESD | 1350 Teakwood Ave. | Coos Bay, OR 97420 | 541-269-1611