Description of Related Services
Adaptive Physical Education
Adaptive Physical Education is a diversified program of physical education having many of the same goals and objectives as regular physical education,
but modified when necessary to meet the unique needs of each individual.
APE is the art and science of psychomotor assessment and prescription to ensure
that an individual with a disability has access to programs designed to develop physical and motor fitness,
fundamental motor skills and patterns, and skills in aquatics, dance, and individual and group games and sports
so that the individual can ultimately participate in community based leisure, recreating and sport activities and
more importantly, enjoy an enhanced quality of life.
Teacher for Hearing Impaired
Shelby County Schools serves students who are deaf or hearing impaired. Most of these students are served in
their home schools with personal interpreters, if appropriate.
We have 2 teachers for the hearing impaired; one is an itinerant teacher based at SSC who travels throughout the
county and the other is based at TMS. We also have teachers in the local schools that are certified in
Deaf Education and serve deaf students in addition to other students with disabilities.
The role of the OT is to provide the teacher or paraprofessional with strategies and equipment
to enhance their academic environment. OT focuses on fine motor, visual motor, assistive technology,
sensory processing, and self-care skills as it relates to the school routine. The services include contact
with the child and activities that relate to the child, such as phone calls to vendors and doctors, IEP
meetings, working with equipment needs, assistive technology, and accessibility issues, and training/consulting
with parents, teachers, and paraprofessionals.
A Psychometrist is a multidisciplinary team member, who is responsible for participating and
recommending appropriate assessments during the referral and eligibility process. The primary responsibility
of a Psychometrist is to administer and score intellectual and behavioral assessments. During the eligibility
meeting, a Psychometrist is responsible for interpreting the assessment results and relating it to learning.
As an assessment resource, a Psychometrist is available to assist all special education staff, including gifted,
on the administration and scoring of assessments. Recently, Psychometrists have begun conducting vision and hearing
screeners in addition to some achievement testing in order to increase the instructional time speech language
pathologists and special education teachers spend in classrooms.
School-based physical therapy services are provided to students across the county spanning from preschool
to age 21. Physical therapy services may include consultation with the student’s teacher/classroom staff,
consultation with Adapted PE staff, evaluation for adaptive equipment, evaluation of school accessibility,
coordination/collaboration with other services providers, communication with doctors and parents, and direct
physical therapy services. Direct PT services must address a student’s potential to reach a higher level of
functioning within the school environment. PT services in Shelby County Schools are provided by physical therapists
or a physical therapy assistant.
Teacher for the Visually Impaired
The impairments of students in Shelby County Schools range from total blindness to mild/moderate
visual impairment depending on the student. The vision teacher determines the student’s needs by
assessing them in the classroom. The outcome of the assessment determines the extent and frequency
of services that the vision teacher will provide to each student. The services may include direct
contact with the student, staff training, parent training, school in-service training, assessment
of Assistive Technology needs, recommendations for the purchase of equipment, set up and training on
the use of the Assistive Technology Devices.
Speech Language Pathologists
Students are served in general education classrooms and/or resource classrooms. A student’s speech
skills must adversely affect classroom performance. This means documentation of an adverse affect must
be presented (for example, a writing sample where the student substitutes w for r).