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Instructional Setting & Services

Instructional Setting & Services


Instructional Arrangements

The Fabens Independent School District has the following instructional arrangements and services available to eligible students.


  • Early Childhood Special Education

Services are provided for young children who have a disability (birth-5 years of age) and who need instruction in developing language, socialization skills, motor-development and self-help skills or any other educational services as identified as part of the child's area(s) of need.


  • Fundamental Living Skills (FLS)

This program is designed for students who make better progress in a class with a smaller number of children than in the regular classroom.  The emphasis is on skills for independent living.  Students are served in a self-contained setting.


  • Behavior Development Units (BD)

This program is for children with disabilities who are unable to progress in the regular classroom because of severe emotional and/or severe behavioral problems.  This unit operates on a self-contained basis.


  • Homebound

This program serves students with disabilities who are unable to attend classes due to health impairments which prohibit their attendance at school.


  • Inclusion

Inclusion offers students in special education the opportunity to receive special education aids and services in the general education setting.  In this setting, special education aids and services are offered to students in the regular education, rather than students having leave their classroom for Resource or other support settings.


  • Resource

Resource classes serve students with disabilities in academic areas where they are having problems making progress.  Students spend the remainder of their day in the regular classroom.


  • Transitional Learning Class (TLC)

This is a self-contained program at the elementary campuses that serves students with disabilities with significant academic delays in all areas.  The students may be mainstreamed for various classes.


  • Program for Academic and Vocational Skills (PAVS)

This program is for students with disabilities at the middle school campus who have difficulty mastering the essential elements in the basic academic curriculum – reading, writing, math, science, social studies and health.  The students may be mainstreamed for various classes.  Emphasis is on academics and pre-vocation skills.


  • Vocational Academic Program (VAP)

This program is for high school students with disabilities who would benefit from job related experience.  Emphasis is on employment skills and academic skills.  The students may be mainstreamed for various classes.



  • Content Mastery

Content Mastery offers support to students with special needs in the regular classroom.  All major instruction is done by the regular education teacher in the mainstream classroom.  Needed reinforcement and accommodations are provided in the learning lab.  A cooperative effort is used in which the content mastery teachers work with the regular education teachers.


  • Speech Therapy

Speech therapy is provided for students with speech impairments who need assistance in developing communication skills or in the correct production of speech sounds.


In addition to providing the above instructional arrangements for special education students, the district also provides the following services to eligible students:

Visually Impairment Services

Extended School Year Services

Physical Therapy

Personal Care Services

In-Home Training

Adaptive/Assistive Devices

Occupational Therapy

Psychological Assessment Services

   Assistive Technology Evaluations

Auditory Impairment Services

Community-Based Instruction

Adaptive PE (modified methodology)


Extended Educational Programming


Nursing Services

Play-based Assessments

   Job Coaching



*  Your child’s classroom teacher(s);

*  Your building administrator(s);

*  Your campus Special Education Diagnostician/Speech Therapist;

*  Related Service Personnel;

*  Executive Director of Special Programs