ESE Services

A wide variety of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) services are available here at Seminole County Public Schools. We strive to meet the needs of each and everystudent in order to provide them with an equal-opportunity academic experience.

Autism Spectrum Disorder - Defined to be a range of pervasive developmental disorders that adversely affects a student's functioning and results in the need for specially designed instruction and related services.

Deaf or Hard Of Hearing (DHH) - A student who is deaf or hard-of-hearing has a hearing loss aided or unaided, that impacts the processing of linguistic information and which adversely affects performance in the educational environment. The degree of loss may range from mild to profound.

Emotional/Behavioral Disability - A student with an emotional/behavioral disability has persistent (is not sufficiently responsive to implemented evidence based interventions) and consistent emotional or behavioral responses that adversely affect performance in the educational environment that cannot be attributed to age, culture, gender, or ethnicity.

Gifted Services - Florida defines gifted students as students who have superior intellectual development and are capable of high performance. Each school district serves gifted students through local plans that provide academic and social emotional support.

Hospital Homebound - A homebound or hospitalized student is a student who has a medically diagnosed physical orpsychiatric condition which is acute or catastrophic in nature, or a chronic illness, or a repeated intermittent illness due to a persisting medical problem and that confines the student to home or hospital, and restricts activities for an extended period of time.

Intellectual Disability (IND) - An intellectual disability is defined as significantly below average general intellectual and adaptive functioning manifested during the developmental period, with significant delays in academic skills. Developmental period refers to birth to eighteen (18) years of age.

Occupational Therapy (OT) - Occupational Therapists working with Seminole County Public Schools provide educationally relevant occupational therapy to students with disabilities.

Orthopedic Impairment (OI) - Orthopedic impairment means a severe skeletal, muscular, or neuromuscular impairment. The term includes impairments resulting from congenital anomalies (e.g. including but not limited to skeletal deformity or spina bifida), and impairments resulting from other causes (e.g., including but not limited to cerebral palsy or amputations).

Other Health Impairment (OHI) - Other health impairment means having limited strength, vitality or alertness, including a heightened alertness to environmental stimuli, that results in limitedalertness with respect to the educational environment, that is due to chronic or acute health problems.

Physical Therapy (PT) (Related Services) - Physical Therapists working with Seminole County Public Schools provide educationally relevant physical therapy to students with disabilities.

Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) - A specific learning disability is defined as a disorder in one or more of the basic learning processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest in significant difficulties affecting the ability to listen, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematics.

Speech and Language Impairments - Speech Impairments are disorders impacting the way that a student communicates based on deficits in one or more of the following areas: Speech Sound Impairment, Fluency, and Voice. Language Impairments are disorders in one or more of the five areas of language, including phonology, semantics, syntax, morphology, and pragmatics.

Traumatic Brain Injury - A traumatic brain injury means an acquired injury to the brain caused by an external physical force resulting in total or partial functional disability or psychosocial impairment, or both, that adversely affects educational performance.

Visual Impairment (VI) - Students who are visually impaired include students who are blind, have no vision, or have little potential for using vision or students who have low vision.

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