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Physical therapy services are provided for students with physical disabilities to facilitate optimal functioning and maximize accessibility in the educational environment. Positioning and mobility specifically are addressed and modifications/adaptations are made as needed. As members of educational teams, school physical therapists evaluate and treat functional needs of students as they affect daily programming, instruct staff in appropriate goals and care, and coordinate with members of respective medical teams as necessary for continuity of care.

Physical Therapy : 1

GWAEA staff can provide school district staff training in the use of positive behavioral supports for students with behavior problems.

Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports (PBIS) Training : 1

The GWAEA Communications Office offers support for the development of news releases, public service announcements, and other news media relations activities.

News media relations : 1

The Childcare Alliance Response Team (CART) provides intensive behavioral support for children ages 0-5 who are not identified as having special education needs. Children may be referred by childcare providers or parents for extremely challenging behaviors in their childcare setting. This program can be a support to parents who may be in danger of losing their employment if their child is unable to remain in their childcare setting. Because CART is a Linn, Johnson and Washington County Community Empowerment Grant funded program, referrals to this program are limited to early care and education providers in Linn, Johnson and Washington counties only. For more information, contact espicer@gwaea.org .

Childcare Alliance Response Team (CART) : 1

In meeting their obligation to offer each child with a disability a free, appropriate public education (FAPE), local school districts must make available programs and services that meet a child’s individual needs. Some children may require the provision of services beyond the traditional school year. Such services are components known as extended school year (ESY) services. Federal and state law and regulations do not require that every student with a disability receive extended school year services. These decisions are made annually by each student’s IEP team.

Extended School Year Services : 1

GWAEA staff can identify hearing service needs through testing, medical referrals and educational planning for students who are deaf or have hearing impairments. Services, recommendations and materials are provided by trained audiometrists, audiologists and itinerant hearing teachers.

Hearing Services : 1

GWAEA's school social workers provide evaluation, counseling and consultation to students, parents and families to help solve social, emotional and behavioral problems that interfere with a student’s education and development.

Social Worker : 1

GWAEA staff can provide screening, evaluation, consultation, and therapy for educationally significant problems that children have with language, voice, articulation, and stuttering. You can find the SLP that supports your district here.

Speech-language Therapy : 1

All GWAEA special education consultants are trained to provide transition support services for students, parents, teachers and school districts as they plan for students’ transitions for living, learning, and working. Planning will include movement from home to school, school to school, and to their post-school employment, education and living settings. Some helpful resources include:

Transition Support : 1

All students are expected to participate in district-wide assessments. Students with disabilities may participate without accommodations, with accommodations or through the state alternate assessment.

All children in kindergarten-3rd grade who meet Iowa’s Alternate Assessment eligibility requirements will participate in the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Aligned K-3 Early Literacy Alternate Assessment. Educators can use this infographic to help them track assessment windows and deadlines associated with Dynamic Learning Maps (DLMs). For additional assistance, please contact your district's regional administrator.

Alternate assessment : 1

The Grant Wood AEA Family & Educator Partnership (FEP) links families and educators for better understanding and communication.

As part of a statewide network, the program provides a lending library of printed information, books and videos; workshops and consultation on communication and family issues; a speakers' bureau; and ongoing networking with support groups and parent-teacher organizations.

See more about our FEP program.

Family & Educator Partnership : 1

The Grant Wood AEA Family & Educator Partnership (FEP) links families and educators for better understanding and communication.

As part of a statewide network, the program provides a lending library of printed information, books and videos; workshops and consultation on communication and family issues; a speakers' bureau; and ongoing networking with support groups and parent-teacher organizations.

See more about our FEP program.

Family & Educator Partnership : 1

Universal Design looks at the goals of any lesson to provide all students with tools, techniques and the means to achieve these goals. Your GWAEA Assistive Technology team member can assist you in this area.

Universal Design : 1

Grant Wood Computer Services provides software solutions to Iowa AEA's and LEA's. Software includes PowerSchool student records, Grant Wood Accounting and Payroll, On-Line Assessment, IMS, network support, as well as other software programs, custom programming as well as consulting and support for all applications.

​Computer Services : 1

Through statewide coordination, schools can receive aggressive discounts on purchases of computer peripherals, audio-visual equipment, supplies, media and technology resources, equipment, paper, janitorial supplies, athletic supplies, food and more.

Cooperative purchasing : 1

Throughout the school year, many crises and emergencies can occur. As a result, it's crucial to have a written emergency plan, outlining communication procedures, and strategies for informing parents and news media. GWAEA communications can provide suggestions for an effective communications plan.

Crisis Communications Planning : 1

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Early literacy resources for teachers : 1

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Tools for educators to use when discussing FAST scores with parents : 1

Link to a podcast of a GWAEA staff member describing how to use these two tools

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K-3 literacy tools for educators to share with parents : 1

Alternate test options for students with disabilities who are unable to take standardized exams.

Alternate assessment : 1