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About Special Education

Administration Building
25 Valley Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

Tel: 609.806.4200

Special education is distinguished by the following characteristics:

        •     Comprehensive evaluation of a student's learning and behavioral characteristics.
        •     Instruction by teachers trained and certified in the education of children with special needs.
        •     Instruction tailored to students' capitalize on students' strenghts while addressing learning needs.
        •     Use of specialized methods, materials, and equipment, if necessary.
        •     Ongoing monitoring of student's progress and program with modifications, as necessary.
        •     Provision of related services as needed (e.g. speech/language services).

Special education is provided by teachers certified in the education of children with disabilities. These teachers may be assisted by classroom aides. Children may receive services by such professionals as a speech-language therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, or adaptive physical education instructor.

Special education can take place in a variety of educational settings, including the general education classroom and is also not limited to a particular academic focus. Children eligible for special education may receive instruction in any area, which contributes significantly, to his or her education. Thus children may receive special education in such diverse subjects as math, health, vocational skills, self-help skills, organization and study skills, and physical education.

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