The Aptus Group provides high quality special education services for our partner schools throughout Los Angeles County. All Providers are thoroughly screened before obtaining clearance to service any of our schools. This screening includes:
Below are some of the most common services our partner schools request from us. If your school needs a service not listed below, please contact us to discuss how to best fit your needs.
Areas of Service
Our School Psychologists are licensed to consult and work cooperatively with school administrators, special education program directors, teachers, and parents in evaluating and helping determining a student’s eligibility for special education services.
Special Education Instruction
All Special Education Instructors are credentialed and able to administer standardized ability and achievement tests. In addition, all Instructors are able to interpret results in order to determine students’ strengths and areas of need. They may modify the general education curriculum for special-needs students based on a variety of instructional techniques and technologies.
The services provided by our School Counselors address the behavioral and socio-emotional needs of students as well as other crucial aspects of student's profile based on the IEP. All School Counselors are licensed to practice in the State of California.
Speech and Language Pathology
Speech and language pathology services are provided to address the needs of students with communication disabilities such as impairments in language, speech, and voice. If there are any concerns with a student's speech and language, our Speech and Language Pathologists will immediately begin conduct an assessment at the school's request.
Occupational Therapy services are provided in order to help students achieve a fulfilled and satisfied status in life. Through the use of purposeful activities or interventions, our Therapists help students achieve functional outcomes that promote health and prevent injury and/or disability while restoring the highest levels of independence.
Requiring a medical diagnosis in order to provide treatment, Physical Therapy services are provided in support of a student's IEP. Our Physical Therapists use therapeutic activities to help improve a student's ability to physically access and interact within his or her educational environment. Our Physical Therapists conduct assessments for concerns regarding gross motor skills.
Adapted Physical Education (APE)
Adapted PE centers on developing, implementing, and monitoring tailored PE programs for students with disabilities based on a comprehensive assessment. Our Adapted PE Teachers are fully credentialed, ensuring all students receive lessons intended to improve physical fitness and wellness.
Types of Service
The best way to determine the extent of a child’s needs is through comprehensive screening and evaluations conducted by our seasoned professionals. Working with your staff, Aptus will evaluate students using the most current methodologies in the following areas:
Psychological. Conducted by a school psychologist, these evaluations may include cognitive assessments, social-emotional assessments, social-cultural assessments, and measures of adaptive functioning.
Cognitive. These assessments measure a student's intellectual abilities and provide general information relative to other students in the same age group. These tests show how well a student problem solves, best interprets information (visual, auditory, etc.), and also measures other areas such as frequency and fluency of processing information and memory.
Social and Emotional. Conducted formally or informally, these assessments are given to measure a variety of social and emotional disabilities that may be impacting a student’s performance.
Socio-Cultural. Parents and other stakeholders are interviewed to obtain information regarding the student that may be pertinent to eligibility. Developmental history is reviewed as is home environment, access to educational resources, and important life changes. Often, adaptive behavior is also assessed.
Educational. Conducted by a Special Education Teacher, these assessments compare a student's academic functioning with other students of the same age. The assessments focus on Reading, Writing, Math, Oral Language, and transitional areas such as living, education, and career.
The Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a legal document that may include a student’s present levels of educational performance, a list of measurable goals and objectives, and related services such as curriculum modifications and supplementary aids. In addition, an explanation of how often the student will participate in the general education population, when the services and modifications will begin, and the location of those services and modifications is also included. The Aptus Group will conduct administrative placement, 30-day reviews, annuals, tri-annuals, and initials to follow all appropriate Federal and State timelines.
We assist school administrators by providing leadership and support to ensure the delivery of special education services that meet the requirements and timelines of the following:
- Federal Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004)
- The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
- Revised ADA Regulations Implementing Title II and Title III
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
We can also help you meet local and state reporting requirements, including:
- Bi-annual special education pupil count
- Federal and State electronic monitoring and technical support
- Internal auditing of special education records
Our special education team is available to prepare, present, and implement coordination of IEP services and meetings as well as represent or support the school in high profile IEPs where attorneys or advocates are involved in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Conflict Resolution. Our team can assist in interpreting Special Education regulations to formulate policies and procedures for special education programs as well as implement procedural safeguards to ensure compliance. Special Education Directors are responsible for analyzing and synthesizing assessment results to make recommendations for instructional improvements and adjustments to special education plans and maintain time lines as well.