Saint Marys Area School District

977 S. Saint Marys Road, Saint Marys, PA 15857 Phone: 814.834.7831
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Special Education Services

Special Education Services



Type of Support

Definitions/ IEP Could Address

Autistic Support (AS)

Verbal/nonverbal communications; social interaction skills and proficiencies; response to sensory experiences and changes in the environment; daily routines/schedules; positive behavior support

Blind-Visually Impaired Support (VS)

Accessing print; orientation/mobility; assistive technology; instruction in braille; use of braille; appropriate reading and writing materials

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Support (HS)

Language and communication needs; opportunity for direct communications with peers and professional personnel in the students’ language and communication mode via Communication Plan

Emotional Support (ES)

Social and emotional skills or functional behavior

Learning Support (LS)

Reading, writing, mathematics, speaking/listening skills related to academic performance

Life Skills Support (LSS)

Academic, functional, or vocational skills necessary for independent living

Multiple Disabilities Support (MDS)

More than one disability; the result of which is severe impairment requiring services in academic, functional/vocational skills necessary for independent living

Physical Support (PT)

Functional motor skill development; adaptive physical education or use of assistive technology designed to provide or facilitate the development of functional motor capacity or skills

Speech and Language Support (SLP)

Communication or use of assistive technologies designed to provide or facilitate the development of communication capacity or skills

Gifted Support

Specially designed instruction to meet the needs of a gifted student

The Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) ensures that students eligible to receive special education services are provided with the supports and services necessary to make progress in the general education curriculum.


Included among these are related services, are counseling services. The St. Marys Area School District provides these services to eligible students at no cost to the parent if they are included in a student's Individual Education Plan (IEP).
Counseling Services are defined in IDEA as: Counseling services means services provided by qualified social workers, psychologist, guidance counselors, or other qualified personnel.  


The St. Marys Area School District contracts with local agencies/ local intermediate units for Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT), and Early Intervention (EI), and provides these services to those students who require them.