Related Services

  • Adapted Physical Education (APE)

    Adapted Physical Education (APE) is special education (specially designed instruction) for the Healthful Living/Physical Education (PE) curriculum. All students should receive at least the same amount of physical education regardless of whether they receive general or special education. Just because a student has a disability or is receiving special education does not necessarily mean they require specially designed instruction in physical education or adapted physical education. Using data from student performance, the IEP Team determines whether the student needs specially designed instruction just as they determine the need for any other area of specially designed instruction. The ultimate goal of the APE program in any district is to enable students with disabilities to participate in athletics, physical, and leisure activities in their community.

    APE Memo from November 17, 2015

    Description of APE Referral Process

    APE Referral

    APE Continuum

    APE NCDPI Q and A


    Occupational Therapy (OT)

    School-based occupational therapists support academic achievementand social participation by promoting occupation within all school routines, including recess, classroom, and cafeteria time. They help students fulfill their roles as students and prepare them for college, career, and community integration. They utilize prevention, promotion, and intervention strategies for mental and physical health and well-being.

    OT Referral


    Physical Therapy (PT)

    School-based physical therapists work with other professionals to help students with disabilities to benefit from special education. This includes activities of a school day like moving throughout school grounds, sitting, standing in line or at the board, moving in class or through the building. All screens, evaluations, and interventinos are performed by physical therapists licensed by the state of North Carolina. Interventions may include adaptations to school environments, working with a student on motor skills, assistance with identifying and getting special equipment, and collaboration with school staff and other professionals.

    PT Referral


    Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)

    In the school, speech-language pathologists work to remediate/improve a student's communication disorder to prevent it from adversely affecting academic achievement and functional performance. The goals of speech-language pathology services are as follows: to determine if the student's communication disorder is adversely affecting academic achievement and functional performance; to provide intervention for those communication disorders that are adversely affecting academic achievement and functional performance, specifying goals leading to specific criteria for dismissal; and to dismiss the student from speech-language pathology services once the criteria for eligibility are no longer present.

    Parent Consent/Permission for Hearing Screening

    Referral for Hearing Screening

    Hearing Screening Report

    Speech/Language Screening Report

    SLP Plan of Care

    SLPA Parent Notification (English)

    SLPA Parent Notification (Spanish)


    Visually Impaired (VI)

    WHAT IS VI? BLURB

    Eye Report for Children with Visual Problems

    Vision Screening Report