For more information on the DoDEA SPED program as well as resources and publications for parents please visit the DoDEA HQ Sped site.
KMS Specific Information
Kadena Middle School has the resources and staff to accommodate the needs of a variety of special needs students. Students who are eligible for an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be provided with the special education and related services required for maximizing educational success.
The special education services provide for the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of students requiring specialized instruction. Teachers, parents, counselors, and community agencies may make referrals to special education.
Whenever appropriate, students receive instruction in the regular education classrooms (inclusion) or within specialized classes (resource classes). Special education instructors provide support as co-teachers in these classes. Teachers implement modifications based on each student’s Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.).
Speech/language therapist provides instruction to increase understanding of language concepts and to introduce and support the vocabulary necessary for successful academic achievement for students with communication problems. Speech and language support of special education students may be carried out in small group situations or in the regular classroom setting.
Special Education Learning Strategies
This course helps the student be successful in his/her regular classes. Students maintain a daily assignment notebook and receive assistance with their regular classroom assignments. Students also learn organizational and reference skills based on their IEP. Moderate to Severe Learning Impaired Program Students learn how to live independently in society. Instruction includes daily living skills such as telling time and using money. The course introduces students to the world of work through study trips, class work, and hands on job experience. Whenever possible, students are encouraged to participate in the regular classroom and school wide social events.
Case Study Committee
In order to implement the Department of Defense Educational Activity (DoDEA) compliance with Public Law 94142 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (PL 101476) Kadena Middle School has established a Case Study Committee (CSC). The CSC refers to a multidisciplinary team of special educators, speech and language therapists, regular educators, related services personnel (counselors, nurse, Medically Related Services, school psychologist), administrators and parents, where appropriate. The Core CSC is personnel who are responsible for a variety of activities involved with the effective functioning of the special education program. The meet
to consider referrals, plan and conduct assessments, determine eligibility, and develop programs for students who may need special education and related services.
Student Support Team (SST)
The student Support Team, comprised of school counselors, the school psychologist and school nurse, teachers, and administrators, identify interventions and services for students who may need support in the academic, emotional, or behavioral areas. Referrals to the team can come from teachers, staff members, learning specialists or administration. The team then determines the best approach the school can implement in order to meet the needs of the students.
Child Find is the ongoing process used by DoDEA and the Medically Related Services department of the armed forces to seek and, with consent of parents, identify individuals (from birth to age 21, inclusive) who are eligible to receive special education and related services (speech/language, learning, physical, emotional). Child Find activities include the dissemination of information to the public as well as screening, referral and identification procedures. All referrals are confidential. Anyone who has a concern about such a child should contact the KMS Guidance Counselors.