Special Education

Helping all students become shining stars!

Student Support Services

Here at Leverett Elementary school, we have a team of three highly experienced special educators. This team is divided up to provide support services to all eligible students in the building. Student support service providers work closely with the regular education teachers to assist students with learning challenges, attentional struggles, emotional regulation, behavioral needs, socio-emotional weaknesses, as well as, other areas that require support for a student to access the general education curriculum and environment successfully. 

Such supports that may be provided include direct instruction in reading, writing and math and how those skills impact other content areas. Students requiring sensory breaks or behavior intervention are also part of the supports provided. Many in-class accommodations and supports are done through the student support program as well.  

There is an extensive state mandated process that has to be completed in order for a child to be referred, evaluated, and found eligible for receiving support services. This process can be found via the helpful link to the special education process found on this page. Although specific students are assigned to this team of individuals for support, according to an individual education program, in many ways this team offers assistance to the regular education classroom informally for observations, recommendations, diagnostic instruction and informal interventions prior to any student being referred.

It can be challenging and difficult for families to know how to help a child with a disability but there is great information available on the internet, through reading materials, and in support groups. This page offers a list of links and materials that will provide you with some tips and helpful strategies to use at home. 

Website with links to various organizations and helpful tools

http://www.specialeducationguide.com/pre-k-12/tools-and-research/support-and-resources-for-parents-and-teachers/

Parent Guide to Special Education Process

http://www.fcsn.org/parents_guide/pgenglish.pdf


Definitions of typical learning disabilities

http://ldaamerica.org/types-of-learning-disabilities/