Related Services


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Related Services can include therapy services (physical, occupational, vision, hearing, speech/language, etc.), transportation, counseling services, assistive technology, interpreters, and more.
 

There is no set formula for the delivery of Related Services; the formula should be individualized to the child’s needs and goals. Related Services are whatever the staffing team decides the child needs to be successful. Related Services delivery should not be decided by “what the school typically offers,” e.g. physical therapy one time a week for 30 minutes. Related Services need to be relevant to the student and his/her academic day. “Pull-out” isolated therapies are no longer considered useful techniques, because too often, the child can’t “generalize” skills learned in isolation into the entire academic day. Occupational therapy, for example, might be hand- writing or keyboarding skills taught within the realm of language arts in the classroom. Physical therapy, for example, might be provided during regular ed PE and/or recess, as opposed to isolated, one-on-one therapy in a separate room.

Parents need to understand that assistive technology has been part of the lndividuals with Disabilities Education Act since 1990. Assistive technology can be defined as any device that enhances a person’s independence. Computers, communication devices, wheelchairs, etc., are just a few examples of assistive devices. There is no official published list of “approved” assistive technology devices. Again, if a need is expressed and the staffing team agrees, the assistive technology should be provided. In addition, if necessary, the device(s) may be provided to the child to take home daily, on weekend/holidays, and over summer vacation if the device needs to be used at those times to continue to enhance learning/independence.
 

What are some Related Services your child might need?

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Prepared by Kathy Snow (with lots of help from others)
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