Special Services

Springdale is committed to providing a quality education for all students. We believe that all students can learn and be successful in school. Many students have hurdles that interfere with their education, and as we advance in our identification of them, the number of students using special services continues to grow. These students may require additional time, tailored teaching methods, and/or care at school, in their friend circles, and at home. The importance of offering personalized, engaging educational programs for these students is vitally important.

Students’ needs vary depending on the nature of their barriers and the age of the student. Springdale Schools has a large staff of trained educators that understand the difficulties students face, and are ready to work on an individualized plan to help the student achieve academic and life success. Services offered in the district include speech-language services, occupational therapy, and physical therapy services for those who need it.

Transportation for Special Needs

If you have questions about your child’s specialized transportation, contact your school designee. The designee will follow the procedures to set up transportation.

Arkansas Child Find

Some children need help walking, talking, seeing, hearing, or learning. If you feel your child needs help, contact your local school. Special education services are available to all eligible children, in both public and private including children who are highly mobile, homeless or wards of the state. Early detection is the key to helping your child get off to a good start. Getting help today will prepare your child for future success. Arkansas Child Find can help.

Therapists & Specialists

Photo of  a speech pathologist working with a student

Speech Pathologist

Speech therapists are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of speech, voice, and language disorders. The therapists works with students who are unable to speak, cannot make speech sounds clearly, stutter, have rhythm, pitch, or fluency problems. The speech therapist sets up a program of speech exercises to reduce or decrease the student’s disability.

Photo of an occupational/physical therapist working with a student

Occupational & Physical Therapist

The occupational & physical therapist are responsible for conducting appropriate assessments of students with disabilities to determine the need for occupational or physical therapy services.

Once this determination has been made, the therapist must create goals that are educationally relevant and will contribute to the student's progress towards his/her educational performance.

Photo of a school psychology specialist working with a student

School Psychology Specialist

The School Psychology Specialist (SPS) combines knowledge of psychology and education, to provide services to school aged children. The SPS conducts assessments to identify the individual needs and personal strengths that a student possesses. By identifying the special needs of students who are struggling with learning and interpreting diagnostic findings, the specialist is able to help the student succeed through intervention, consultation, counseling, or other treatment programs. The SPS advises parents, teachers and other school personnel onmethods to enhance the educational performance of all students. The SPS may also help to develop behavioral interventions for students in times of need. The SPS is an important component of the intervention team who assists in planning and developing instructional programs to provide support for learners with special needs.

Transition Services

IDEA 2004, (34) Transition Services - The termSpace 'transition services' means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that -

(A) is designed to be a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child's movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation;

(B) is based on the individual child's needs, taking into account the child's strength's, preferences, and interests;

(C) includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and, when appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation .

Transition Services Graphic

Helpful Transition Links