Special Education


Barrow County School System
Special Education

Barrow County Preschool Special Education; Educating Barrow County .........one child at a time!


If you suspect an infant, child or young adult of having a developmental delay or disability, your school district can open a window of hope for a brighter future.


Services at no cost to the family are available to all eligible individuals regardless of the severity of their disability.


Special services are available in the following areas:


  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Deaf-Blind
  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Health Impairment
  • Intellectually Disabled
  • Learning Disability
  • Physical Disability
  • Speech and/or Language
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment



Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education is available for children ages 3 through 5 and provides instruction in the areas of speech, language, cognition, social-emotional development, daily living skills, motor skills, and perceptual development.  In order to receive early childhood services a child must have an assessment that identifies a need in any of the following areas:


  • Autism
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing
  • Intellectually Disabled
  • Physical or Motor
  • Speech or Language
  • Vision
  • Or any other condition that may be viewed as high risk.

Services for students with visual or auditory impairments are available from birth.


Referrals to the early childhood program may be made by the child's parents or guardian or other interested agencies or individuals.

Physical Therapy


In order to provide appropriate educational programs for certain physically disabled students, physical therapy services are offered to assist in providing a least restrictive environment for children with special needs. The focus of this related services is to enhance a child's ability to profit from education.  Intervention stresses a team approach with physical therapist and student working closely with the teacher and/or other support personnel to maximize transition and transfer into the functional setting.


Services may include but are not limited to the following:


Monitoring of wheelchair, braces, walkers and other mobility enhancing devices

Exploration of adaptations and functional sequences that provide maximum independent mobility

Functional training for environmental obstacles such as doors, ramps and stairs, if appropriate

Training of support personnel with regards to appropriate positioning and handling techniques

Special Problems


Occupational Therapy


In an educational setting, occupational therapy uses purposeful, goal-directed activities to enhance the student's independent function and to decrease the effects of the disabling condition on the student's ability to participate in the educational process.


Specifically, a therapy program is designed to assist the development of underlying skills that are prerequisites for academic learning and vocational training.  Services may include activities for improving gross/fine motor skills; organizing and using materials appropriately; improving coordination; and/or learning to fed oneself.


Adapted Physical Education


Individual Education Planning committees make every effort to incorporate disabled students into regular physical education activities. Adapted physical education is an alternative available for only those students whose disabilities are so severe that even with modifications the students could not successfully benefit from the regular physical education program.


Gross motor activities included in the adapted program are body rolling, knee walking, running and jumping, riding a scooter board, striking a balloon or ball, jumping on a mini-trampoline, throwing at a bean bag target, throwing, kicking and catching a ball.  When fundamental skills are established, more of an emphasis is placed on age-appropriate recreation and leisure activities. Community-based instructors provide for bowling, roll-skating, and miniature golf as will as many other areas.


NOTE:  All of the therapies require referral, assessment, and development of IEP goals.



Referral for special education services in the Barrow County Public School District can me made by parents, community agencies, school personnel, individuals, groups or organizations. A referral should be made to the school principal or directly to the special education administrator.


Referrals are processed through a committee of school personnel who first consider alternate programs or instructional interventions for the child. This committee reports its decision to the referral party in writing. If the decision is for referral to special education to determine if the child has a disability which affects learning, the parent is notified to obtain written consent for assessment. This assessment is will determine which disability, if any, exists and the relation of the disability to the instructional program.


Information is collected and studied about the individual student to determine if he or she has a need and is eligible for special education services.


This information and the assessment report are used by the Individual Education Committee to develop an individualized education plan (IEP) for the student. This plan provides a framework for establishing measurable goals and objectives in the instructional program.




Students in the resource program receive instruction from a special education teacher in basic instruction for areas targeted as weaknesses through assessment (i.e. reading, math). These students continue to receive direct instruction provided by the regular education teacher for the remainder of the school day. Resource support is a supplemental instructional service.



Parent Rights Documents in Multi-Languages:

Services are also offered in the following areas:


Evaluations and Reevaluations

  • Adaptive Physical Education
  • Adult Service Referral
  • Assessment
  • Auditory Training
  • Content Mastery
  • Counseling
  • Extended Year Services
  • Inclusion
  • Occupational/Physical Therapy
  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Resource
  • Social Work
  • Special Olympics
  • Speech Therapy
  • Transition
  • Vision Training
  • Vocational Training


Instructional Services may include:

  • Adjusted Assignments
  • Adjusted Pacing
  • Alternative Methods or Materials
  • Community-based Instruction
  • Facilitated Communication
  • Functional Academics
  • Modifications
  • Project or Test Support
  • Reteaching

Extended School Year

Guide for Parents

Individualized Education



Special Education Main

Special Education Staff

Special Education Contacts:


Special Transportation