Special Education
 

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Minnetonka Schools provides a comprehensive program for students with disabilities.  Minnetonka’s Special Education Department serves approximately 1,000 children who range in age from birth through 21.  All buildings in Minnetonka provide special education services.  All schools have licensed special education teachers and offer intervention supports, evaluations, and special education instruction. 

Minnetonka offers a wide range of service delivery models.  Most students receive services in their neighborhood school and, when possible, in their regular class setting.  Service models include home-based services for infants and toddlers, 1:1 instruction, small group instruction, instruction in the general education classroom, and off- site instruction at Intermediate District 287.

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What is Special Education?
Special Education is instruction specific to the child at no cost to parents.  The instruction is designed to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability.  Children must meet specific criteria set by the State of Minnesota and the Federal Government to receive special education services.  Special Education is an instructional service, not a place. 

Children may qualify for special education services in the following disability categories:

Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
A large difference or discrepancy between a learner’s intellectual ability and her/his achievement in the areas of reading, math, written expression, oral expression, and/or listening comprehension; a severe underachievement  in academic work and severe difficulty in processing information.
Click here for the State Criteria Link. 

Emotional or Behavioral Disorder
Serious problems with behavior, social skills, peer relations, emotional responses, and coping skills which interfere with learning and/or relationships in school.
Click here for the State Criteria Link. 

Speech or Language Impairment
Great difficulty with speaking, understanding, or using words and sentences in a meaningful way.
Click here for the State Criteria Link. 

Cognitive Disability
Many difficulties in learning and adapting.  The learner experiences a much slower rate of learning.
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Hard of Hearing
Hearing loss which interferes with the learner’s performance in school.
Click here for the State Criteria Link.  

Visual Impairment
Loss of vision, visual field cut and/or very poor visual acuity even with correction (glasses), which interferes with learner’s performance in schools.
Click here for the State Criteria Link. 

Physical Impairment
Permanent, severe and acute, or chronic physical conditions which greatly interfere with performance at school.
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Autism Spectrum Disorder
Great difficulty in communicating and interacting with others, thus interfering with learning and/or relationships at school.
Click here for the State Criteria Link. 

Traumatic Brain Injury
Permanent and severe injury to the brain occurring after birth, which greatly interferes with learning.
Click here for the State Criteria Link. 

Other Health Disability
A broad range of medically diagnosed chronic or acute health conditions that greatly interfere with learning.
Click here for the State Criteria Link.  

 

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