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A full range of therapeutic services including speech, occupational and physical therapy are provided at Mercer County Special Services School District. Certified school social workers or psychologists provide individual and group counseling.  All related services are provided in accordance with the student's IEP.  Therapists work collaboratively with each other and the classroom teacher to fully integrate and support student needs. Two certified school nurses provide nursing and health services. In addition to routine care of children, these nurses may participate in IEP meetings, assist in feeding program reviews, conduct vision and hearing screenings and maintain close contact with parents and teachers.​

 

Counseling

Counseling is provided in an individual or small group setting. The school social worker, psychologist or substance awareness coordinator provides this service to our students. Counseling services are provided to students in need of help for substance abuse, mental health, and behavioral issues which may interfere with the student’s ability to learn.

 

Occupational Therapy

The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable students to enhance their ability to participate in school activities or, by modifying the environment, to better support participation. The occupational therapists run a small workshop in which they train students in various job-related skills, such as filing, sorting, collating and assembly tasks. The occupational therapists address daily living skills to better enable students to function in school, at home, and in the community.

 

Physical Therapy

The purpose of physical therapy within the school setting is to optimize the student’s ability to function in the least restrictive environment and to identify and maximize quality of life and movement potential for each student with respect to their current school needs and post-graduation/transition goals. Therapists perform classroom and/or vocational ergonomics assessments and handle the evaluation, adjustment, and maintenance of the assistive/adaptive equipment. Therapists work with our students on safety awareness and health/wellness promotion.

 

Speech Therapy

Speech therapy is provided to students according to the needs identified in the IEP.  Receptive, expressive and pragmatic language skills are addressed in various settings throughout the school day. Speech and language specialists incorporate the use of augmentative communication systems and assistive technology for those students requiring an alternative mode of communication.  Therapy is often integrated during functional, social, vocational, daily living and classroom activities in order to facilitate generalization of skills.

Supervisor:  Michelle DiCoio, 609-631-2129

Supervisor: Clara Bigos, 609-631-2107

                                         

HIB CONTACTS

To report an incident of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB), please contact a specialist for your school.

Joseph F. Cappello School

Cathy Smeresky, Counselor

csmeresky@mcsssd.us

609-588-8437

Mercer Elementary School

Amy Felsher, Counselor

afelsher@mcsssd.us

609-570-1131

Mercer High School

Heidi Musick, Counselor

hmusick@mcsssd.us

609-570-1164

MCSSSD Self Assessment Grades 2017-2018

                 Joseph Cappello School                  76

                 Mercer High School                         77

                 Mercer Elementary School             75

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Mercer County Special Services School District

1020 Old Trenton Road

Hamilton, New Jersey 08690

609-631-2100

info@mcsssd.us

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