What Are Related Services?

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What Are Related Services?

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At the beginning of each school year, parents and teachers are presented with an IEP for each special education child. One important part that parents should take note of on this paperwork is the area of related services. According to the language of the IEP, related services and supplemental aids should be given to the child as backed up by research to help them meet their goals and progress in their education. These services can also be used to help them interact with their peers. While you may understand that these services are required to be provided as needed according to law, you may be unaware of what a related service is.

Related services are those that give students a bit of extra help in meeting their goals. They are outside of the typical education given to all students in the public school setting. Instead, they focus on special areas of concern for the child. The best way to determine what related service is needed for any child is to perform an evaluation as required by IDEA.

How Do Related Services Help Students With Special Needs

Related services can fall into several different categories. Some include medical services and therapies, such as physical, occupational or speech therapy. Some cover mental aspects of health, such as counseling. Others work with social needs, such as recreation therapy. Other common services that may be needed include audiology, interpreter services, and psychological services.

Once teachers, school administrators, parents, and other professionals decide on what related service is needed, they must then come up with an exact plan of how it should be used. The IEP should list not only the needed related service but should also detail how long the service will last, when it will start and where it will be given. The only way to change these decisions will be to hold a new IEP meeting and get the agreement of all interested parties.

Special education students who demonstrate a need for these related services are able to get them free through the school district under United States law. These services can be incredibly important in improving a child’s education and in helping him or her succeed. If you are finding it difficult to get your child the special services that you believe he or she needs, we encourage you to contact one of our experienced special needs attorneys at Newman, Aaronson, Vanaman Attorneys at Law.
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