Self-Contained / Comprehensive Development Classes
The Loudon County Special Education Department offers a continuum of services to students with disabilities. The first consideration made by the IEP Team for all eligible students is whether or not the student can remain in the general education setting with the support of special education services. If the IEP Team determines that another placement would be more appropriate for a student, they then would move up the continuum of services. One step on the continuum is a self-contained /comprehensive development class.
If a student is recommended for a self-contained/comprehensive development class, it is because the IEP Team has agreed that the student needs a smaller, structured learning environment for academics, behavior remediation, transition skills, daily living skills, and/or self-advocacy instruction than cannot be provided in an inclusion program and/or resource classroom.
Not all of the schools in Loudon County house a self-contained/comprehensive development class. However, it is available at every level (preschool, elementary, middle, and high school) in the system. If a student is in need of this type of placement and the class is not located in their home zoned school, then special education transportation is provided to the closest school that does house the needed program.
Every effort possible is made to keep a small student-teacher ratio in these classes. In addition to classroom instruction, related services such as speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, vision services, counseling, and hearing services are provided as indicated in each student’s IEP. Parent training may also be provided to assist the parent in understanding the student’s disability and/or the generalization of skills from school to home.