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Related Services

For students with special education needs who also require related services, the district will provide or arrange for the provision of support services, which have been determined to be developmental or corrective in nature. The IEP Team has agreed that these services are required to assist the student in benefiting from special education support and /or to assist the student in accessing the general curriculum. Related services provided in the Scituate Public Schools include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Psychological Consultation – to the Team
  • Therapeutic Interventions
  • Paraprofessional supports
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Early Identification/Intervention for Children with Disabilities
  • Orientation and Mobility Training
  • Teacher of the Visually Impaired consultation
  • Parent Training
  • Special Transportation
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • BCBA Consultation
  • Assistive Technology consultation and devices as required
  • Adapted Physical Education


Learning Centers

Each elementary school has a Learning Center staffed with special education certified teachers and paraprofessionals. Specialized instruction is provided to eligible students and these services may take place in a regular education classroom and/or in a Learning Center. Many students work with special education staff in small groups where they receive support and strategies that enable them to access and progress in the regular education curriculum. These centers provide services to students with a wide range of special education needs and varying disabilities.

Elementary Co-Teaching

Co-teaching is currently offered in all elementary buildings. In this program children on IEPs who need support are integrated with children who are not on IEPs. Two classroom teachers, a general educator and a special educator, instruct the class. In this program students are provided with additional scaffolding and increased individualization due to the support of two teachers.

Language-Based Classroom (LBC)

This classroom is designed for a small cohort (maximum of 8 students) of children with language-based learning disabilities who are currently in grades 3-5 and require a substantially separate language-based program to maximize learning.  This highly structured, language-based program provides intensive specially designed instruction that is individualized based on student needs.

In addition to providing instruction to maximize learning, the development of a positive attitude, and the enhancement of self-esteem and self-confidence are major goals for each child.  Providing each child with many opportunities for success academically, socially and emotionally are essential components to this developmental program.  In order to ensure this success, students are grouped academically according to their strengths and areas of need as well as their learning levels.

This program is housed in the Jenkins Elementary School.  


The Primary Learning Center and the Intermediate Learning Center. These two programs service students within the district, grades K-5, who present with severe special education needs. The program consists of one special education teacher and paraprofessionals to create 1:2 ratio of adult to students. Should a student require more intensive 1:1 supports, the IEP Team will make that recommendation.  These programs are housed in the Hatherly Elementary School.

Elementary Therapeutic Program (JEMS)

The program staffing is one Special Educator, one School Adjustment Counselor and paraprofessional supports. The students require supports in the area of social and emotional skills. Students will work on individual academic and social/ emotional IEP goals. Academics will be based off the elementary curriculum.  The use of the natural setting in the elementary school and activities to reinforce the social and emotional skills of the students is implemented. The program will be for students in grades K-5 who receive special education services related to an emotional disability.  This program is housed in the Jenkins Elementary School.