When is a Therapeutic Non-Mainstream Placement Justified?

FAQ: What are the factors that schools and/or hearing officers consider when recommending or ordering a therapeutic day school?  Parents and/or schools should be prepared to demonstrate that the school considered and implemented reasonable interventions and supports to attempt to make the mainstream placement work.

FAQ: What are some of the examples of interventions a school should demonstrate that it has implemented?  This is best illustrated by example. Clearly a data driven Functional Behavioral Analysis and a Behavior Intervention Plan are the cornerstones of this effort. Additionally, the student may be provided with a paraprofessional, smaller classes, and a revised IEP with supports.

FAQ:  What behavior will warrant a discussion or recommendation of a therapeutic day school?  Typically, schools look at several factors. Is the student’s behavior negatively impacting their learning or the learning of others? How much time is being spent that is detracting from classroom time for that student or his or her classmates dealing with the behavior? Are the interventions working? Is the student making academic progress?

See, Hiawatha Sch. District No. 426, 58 IDELR 269 (SEA IL 2012)

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