The West Bridgewater Public Schools provides services to 3 and 4 year old children who meet eligibility criteria for special education. Developmental screenings and assessments are provided at no cost to the family.
A child in need of special education may present with difficulties in one or more areas of development, including receptive and/or expressive language, cognitive abilities, physical functioning, self-help skills and/or any other areas of special need or disability that might have an impact on learning. Any parent or guardian of a child suspected of having a disability who is not receiving services should contact the Special Education office at 508-894-1236 to schedule an evaluation.
The Special Education Department is committed to supporting the long-term educational development of children with handicaps or disabilities. In conjunction with State and Federal laws pertaining to children with special needs, we in West Bridgewater work to realize this goal for each child by providing a range of high quality programs and the services of an experienced staff of professionals.
Our department serves all children residing in West Bridgewater between the ages of 3 and 22 years who have difficulty in the learning process due to intellectual, physical or emotional factors.
Our primary objective is to help each child develop his/her academic, social and personal skills to the greatest extent possible by providing an individualized program in the most appropriate setting. We accomplish this by providing services in the areas of:
- screening and identification of community children to determine need for further evaluations
- referral for specific or comprehensive assessments in the educational, medical or psychological areas
- individualized educational planning by a team of professionals with parents / guardians and /or student
- individualized programs designed to meet the child's specific social, intellectual, academic physical and emotional needs in as normal a manner as possible case management to ensure accountability for monitoring the student's progress and needs and coordinating the activities necessary to provide for those needs on an on-going basis consultation with instructional staff, parents and other parties involved
- coordination of prescribed methods and interventions.
Specialized services include, but are not limited to:
- Speech & Language Therapy
- Physical & Occupational Therapies
- Adapted Physical Education
- Vision and Mobility
- Specialized Academic & Tutorial Instruction
- Augmentative Communication
Other resources available through the Special Education Department are:
- Parent Advisory Council (serving parents of Special Needs Students and other interested people)
- Informational and Referral Services (i.e. advocacy, medical, legal, psychological and social services)