As an administrator, you want your special education program and your students to thrive. And, as your partner, Pediatric Therapeutic Services can help ensure your students receive the supports they need in the least restrictive environment.
Our approach to related services program management allows us to maintain sharp quality control over all our teams, buildings, and programs, all while capturing the strict compliance mandated at the state level. We’ll handle the day-to-day details while you stay focused on the big picture.
Find out how we do it below, then contact us to talk to our team about the ways we can act as an extension of your special education department to support your program.
We Provide Building-Level Support at No Cost to You
At PTS, we take a hands-on approach. Our Clinical Directors regularly collaborate with classroom teachers and staff to inform, monitor, and improve student response to instruction and intervention. We oversee related services teams in each building to cultivate a network of educators and therapists who are invested in student outcomes.
Additionally, we provide several building-level supports at no cost to you, including in-class resources for teachers, no-cost teacher trainings, and a system for facilitating more accurate teacher referrals.
Based on our own experience in the classroom, we’ve developed a vast toolkit of additional classroom resources that allow your teachers to support students in their least restrictive environment. No-cost resources include:
- Pre-Referral Intervention Resources: Our pre-referral intervention resources give teachers concrete suggestions for the classroom so that they can manage more mildly involved students independently, without referring to related services for evaluation.
- Sensory Boxes for New Clients: Without the need for a formal referral, teachers have access to many of the tools that OTs recommend for children who are having difficulty staying seated or maintaining focus in the classroom.
- Our MTSS-RtII Manual: PTS provides districts with an MTSS-RtII manual that contains a template for a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support approach to related services that helps you maximize supports while containing costs.
No-Cost Teacher Trainings
PTS programs are designed to prevent referrals resulting from a lack of appropriate or supplemental instruction. By providing in-service trainings to teachers about various therapeutic techniques, we ensure they have the skills to create a classroom climate that is inclusive and supportive of the needs of all students.
Systems for Facilitating More Accurate Teacher Referrals
Our customized Therapy Referral Forms are structured around a functional checklist of skills that are carefully tailored to each program with input from special education administrators.
With our measured approach, you ensure the majority of students are being exposed to interventions. This can often resolve an issue before proceeding to a formal process of evaluation. As a result, you’re able to eliminate unnecessary evaluations and decrease overidentification and disproportionality.
Easy Compliance Reporting and Service Delivery Documentation
PTS Clinical Directors participate regularly in pertinent training sessions and pass the most current information along to schools. Our ongoing monitoring of therapist documentation makes sure student records are organized, defensible, and legally compliant with all major State and Federal Special Education laws, like:
- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- Americans with Disabilities Act
- Chapters 14, 15, and 16 of the PA School Code
- Extended School Year (ESY) as indicated by federal law
As an administrator, you’ll gain the peace of mind of knowing that eligibility determinations are based on sound, legally defensible data.
Documenting Service Delivery with our Proprietary BudgetWatch™ System
PTS’s proprietary BudgetWatch™ system allows our Clinical Directors to track all aspects of your special education program and provide you with the ability to analyze costs, referrals, and special education processes at the building level.
We find that having this detailed data empowers districts to make informed, data-driven decisions about their program, identify areas of opportunity, or create reports for the board. This is the key to driving real, positive change across your district.
BudgetWatch™ also helps you identify potential cost-saving opportunities by getting to the root of what’s required to minimize costs while maximizing the effectiveness of your related services program. Plus, our Cost-Per Child Reports provide administrators with a permanent attendance and service record for every student PTS service. This report enables schools to do two things:
- Track IEP compliance
- Document the real cost of each student
What Can PTS’s Approach to Related Services Program Management do for Your District?
With PTS by your side, you’ll know that your special education program is in good hands.
Our approach to related services program management takes care of the day-to-day of your special education program. Our Clinical Directors provide ongoing support and monitoring while implementing solutions that are unique to your program and student population.
Contact PTS today to find out how we can streamline your related services program while maximizing the support you offer your students today!