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High School Special Education

High School Special Education provides a range of instructional, vocational, and support services for students attending our comprehensive high schools and the alternative schools, and in the community. Students in high school special education receive services within a continuum ranging from support and assistance within general education classes to specialized instruction in special education classrooms. Specialized classes are available for students who need highly structured learning environments, affective education, study skills, and basic life skills with specially designed instruction.  

The IEP team determines the educational placement for each student after thoughtful and careful dialogue regarding the functional and academic needs of the student.

Evaluation Process

Related Services

A related service means any supportive service that is required to assist a student with disabilities to benefit from special education. If a student does not need special education there can be no related services provided under an IEP.

Some related services that may require specially designed instruction, such as speech therapy, might, alone, qualify as special education. 

Assistive Technology

The Assistive Technology (AT) team supports school teams in completing Assistive Technology and augmentative communication evaluations. AT consultants serve as a resource to school teams, provide trainings for devices used in the school setting and assist with equipment acquisition and maintenance. They consult with teams on supporting curriculum with AT and on planning individual student programs. Training for student support is offered in the areas of: augmentative communication, computer access, environmental control, and written expression or alternative writing.

Director of Student Support

Description TBD

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists provide direct consult/ collaborative services to special education students, ages 3-21, who need assistance with hand function, oral-motor function, sensory motor skills and accessibility in order to be successful in the school environment.  Therapists work collaboratively on school-based teams to ensure each student barrier-free access to and participation in learning.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapists provide direct consult/collaborative services to special education students, ages 3 through 21, who need assistance with mobility, positioning, and/or accessibility in order to be successful in the school environment.  Therapists work collaboratively on school-based teams to ensure each student barrier-free access to and participation in learning.

Social Workers

All six campuses within Yuma Union High School District house a School Social Worker. 

School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals who support a student’s social and emotional needs while reducing barriers to academic success. School Social Workers listen, support, advocate, collaborate with and empower students in a variety of ways. 


Speech-Language Pathologists assess and treat the communication disorders of articulation, language, voice, and stuttering for students aged 3 through 21. Services are provided through direct contact with students and through consultation with teachers and/or parents and include a combination of classroom-based instruction, consultation, and group and individual therapy. Speech pathologists and paraprofessionals work collaboratively with the other members of the school team to ensure that students with communication disabilities have full participation in the learning environment and experience academic success. Speech-language staff partner with teachers to support language learning and literacy in the classroom.