Programs and Services
The Hondo Independent School District provides a continuum of special education offerings ranging from full inclusion to specialized classroom instruction. These services include, but are not limited to:
Inclusion
To the extent that they will benefit, eligible special education students are included with their age-appropriate peers in regular schools. Many programs are available to these students.  Both general education and special education teaching staff have received training in making modifications and adaptations for learning differences.
The Learning Continuum

Students may remain in the general education classroom all day with assistance as needed from a special education teacher/instructional assistant.

Students identified as having a speech impairment are served during the school day by a speech/language pathologist or SLP assistant.

Students may report to a special education classroom to be served by the special education teacher.

Students 16 years or older may receive on-the-job training under the supervision of a vocational adjustment coordinator or job coach.

Students with auditory impairments may receive instruction in the Uvalde Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD), inclusive general education classrooms with interpreters if needed and/or their RDSPD itinerate teacher, or fully mainstreamed with an interpreter if needed.


Adapted Physical Education 

Adapted Physical Education is a diversified and systematic program of developmental activities, exercises, games, sports, and rhythms that are designed in the psychomotor domain. The program is organized and presented in a sequential and developmental manner that is geared to the needs, limitations and abilities of each individual student.

 

Alternative Behavior Learning Environment (ABLE)

The Alternative Behavior Learning Environment Classroom is transitional in nature and is designed to meet the needs of students in crisis, students entering or returning to mainstream campuses from alternative programs or hospital settings, and students with emotional or behavioral stressors who are not succeeding in a less restrictive environment.

 

Assistive Technology Program

The Assistive Technology Program helps students be more independent in their surroundings.

 

Autism Program

The Hondo Autism Program recognizes the unique needs of students with autism and related disorders. Educational programs are based upon current research and documented effective teaching practices for students with autism. 

 

Community-Based Vocational Training

Training sites in the community are utilized to implement Individual Educational Plan (IEP) objectives relating to employment skills.

  

Extended School Year (ESY)

ESY provides services to students during vacation breaks so that they can continue working on Individualized Education Program goals and objectives.

 

Homebound

Homebound provides certified teachers for one-to-one instruction in the student's home. Lessons and exams are provided by the student's classroom teacher(s) to ensure that similar content is provided.

  

Inclusion

To the extent that they will benefit, eligible special education students are included with their age-appropriate peers. Many programs are available to these students. Both general education and special education teaching staff have received training in making modifications and adaptations for learning differences.

 

Life Skills

The Lifeskills program serves students with moderate to severe disabilities and stresses functional skills in the community, recreation-leisure, vocational and family domains. The program's goal is full integration into the activities of the student's age-appropriate school and community.

 

Local Curriculum

Locally developed classes for students who are unable to participate in grade level TEKS courses. These classes are taught by special education teachers.

 

Occupational Therapy (OT)

Occupational therapists working in the schools provide an array of services designed to enable students to benefit from their educational program. 

 

Orientation and Mobility Training (O & M)

Orientation and Mobility Training for students with visual impairments who need to safely move around the school and community.

 

Physical Therapy (PT)

Physical Therapy provides services to students from a broad continuum of support options. The therapist primarily looks at mobility and positioning issues, as well as gross motor skills.

 

Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD)

The Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities provides early childhood education for disabled students, ages 3-5, in neighborhood schools and some community based settings.

 

Program for Students with Auditory Impairments

These services are provided for students who are deaf or have an auditory impairment.

  

(Uvalde) Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD)

A wide range of service options are available to RDSPD students. Options include itinerant services at the student's home attendance campus, RDSPD classrooms clustered on mainstream campuses in Uvalde, and fully inclusive classrooms with RDSPD teachers co-teaching in general education. Audiological and interpreting are available as related services

 

Special Education Counseling

Special Education Counseling provides a comprehensive guidance and counseling program for Special Education students.

 

Special Olympics

The program in Hondo ISD participates in Special Olympics annually.  Students ages 8-22 are eligible to participate following the guidelines of Special Olympics.  Coaches at several campuses work with the students to prepare them for the spring games.

 

Speech-Language Program (SLP)

This program helps students improve their speech and/or language skills and assists students in becoming more successful in school by improving their listening and speaking skills.

 

Transition

A service to assist students in making a successful transition from public school to adult living. 

 

Visual Impairment

This program works to prepare students with visual impairments for their roles as independently functioning, productive members of society.

 

If you suspect that your child has special needs, help is available.  Contact the Special Education Department.