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Related Services

  • Related Services are provided to help students maximize their educational success. Deer Valley Unified School District provides a variety of services including: physical therapy, occupational therapy, hearing, audiology, vision, speech and language, adapted physical education and assistive technology supports.


    Assistive Technology

    An assistive technology device is  defined as "any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a child with a disability. The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted or the replacement of that device" [20 USCS §140(1) (2)34 C.F.R. 300.5].


    Assistive Technology (AT) provides consultative services to IEP teams in determining if assistive technology is needed to support a student in the educational setting. Areas of consideration may include: communication, written language, computer and environmental access.


    For additional information go to: Az-Tech

    Assistive Technology and Motor Clerk: (623) 445-3957




    Audiology services are a related service, as defined by Federal Regulations of IDEA 2004 (34 CFR 300.34(a)). Audiology services may be provided to all students within the district in accordance with the Arizona State Revised Statutes (Chapter 7.2 Article 1 section 36-899).

    Deer Valley Unified School District currently has two audiologists serving our students and can assist in providing the following testing:

    Diagnostic hearing tests and screening, including tympanometry and acoustic reflexes. Audiologists also screen by traditional pure tone testing and Otoacoustic Emissions. Audiologists may also work with FM systems and other Bluetooth assistive technology for students who wear hearing aids or may require additional help hearing inside the classroom. Audiologists can also provide minor repairs on hearing aids such as basic cleaning or tube changes.

    Due to the equipment and nature of the tests, diagnostic hearing testing is provided at Mirage Elementary and Diamond Canyon School. To make an appointment at either office please call: 602-467-5322


    Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TOD/HH) provide specialized instruction to deaf and hard of hearing students who meet the qualifications for Hearing Impairment. These teachers supplement language and vocabulary to provide auditory training. The Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing also teaches the students self-advocacy and awareness of his/her hearing loss.


    Itinerant Teacher for the Visually Impaired

    Visually impaired services are a special education service or related service, as defined by Federal Regulations of IDEA 2004. Visually impaired services may be provided to a student who qualifies with an identified visual impairment and whose progress in the general education curriculum is impacted by his/her visual impairment.


    Sign Language Interpreters

    Sign Language Interpreters facilitate communication for academics and extracurricular activities. An interpreter is provided for deaf/hard of hearing students whose primary language is American Sign Language or who require the support of sign language as stated in the IEP.


    The Low Vision Department

    Certified Teachers of the Visually Impaired (CTVI's) provide specialized educational services to children of all abilities. These children experience vision loss due to a variety of factors, such as: congenital defects, eye diseases, neurological disorders, or injuries to the eye.

    For more information, visit our Low Vision Department webpage.


    Orientation and Mobility

    An Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Specialist provides instruction to students who have low vision or are blind. This Specialist can help student's develop or relearn the skills and concepts necessary to travel safely and independently within an individual's home and community. Orientation and Mobility Specialists provide services across the lifespan, teaching infants and children in preschool and school aged programs, as well as, adults in a variety of community-based and rehabilitation settings.

    For more information, visit our Low Vision Department webpage.


    Psychological Services

    School psychologists are trained in both psychology and education. Their training emphasizes preparation in both mental health and educational interventions, child development, learning, behavior, motivation, curriculum and instruction, and assessment. School psychologists help children meet challenges through their specialized training in psychology and education. They assist educators, parents, and other professionals to ensure that children learn in a safe, healthy and supportive setting. School psychologists understand childhood development, elements of successful learning and the school systems. Although the role of the school psychologist may vary according to the needs of the student population, all of the psychologists engage in the following core services: Consultation, Evaluation, Intervention, Collaboration, Prevention and System-wide Efforts.


    IEP Flowchart Process



    Speech and Language Pathologists work as part of the Individual Education Program (IEP) team. These credentialed and licensed professionals conduct assessments of students and provide interventions using evidence-based practices, as well as, utilizing a continuum of service delivery models in the student's least restrictive environment. These services are provided to develop, implement and achieve communication goals, which will directly impact the success of the  student in the attainment of their educational goals.

    Communication Areas Include:

    • Articulation
    • Language
    • Voice
    • Fluency
    • Hearing Loss

    Speech and Language Clerk:  (623) 445-3957


    Behavior and Autism Assistance Team

    The Behavior and Autism Assistance Team (BAAT) is comprised of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Autism Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Two Behavior Consultants and Two Autism/Behavior Technicians. Staff from this department provide behavioral support to all campuses within the district.