Related Services are provided to enable students with disabilities benefit from special education instruction while participating in the general education environment to the maximum extent possible. In many cases, related services are provided through an integrated service delivery model. The goal is to have all members of the education team work toward the same goals and to remove the student from the classroom settings as little as possible.
Related Services include. . .
This related service includes the evaluation of hearing ability and recommendation of certain types of hearing equipment for a child with a hearing impairment.
Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy
Occupational or Physical Therapy is provided as a related service to students in special education who require developmental, corrective and other support services in order to benefit from special education. Therapists work in collaboration with classroom teachers to assist in the acquisition of functional skills. Services may be provided in a variety of settings in order to meet student needs. Therapists, classroom personnel and family members should work closely to determine educational concerns and appropriate strategies. A therapist may work with a student to develop new skills or provide opportunities to reinforce skills needed during the educational day. A therapist may also consult with and/or instruct classroom personnel on how to integrate therapy strategies into their classroom program.
Psychological services are provided to support a student in benefiting from instruction based on a disability-related need in social/emotional or behavioral areas.
In Home Training/Parent Training
The purpose of in-home training is to assist student in the generalization of behaviors and skills acquired at school into the home setting. In home trainers provide strategies to parents through modeling and collaborating in order to implement a successful plan in the home environment. Cooperation and collaboration between the parent and trainer are essential to the success of this service, as is coordination with classroom instructors.
Orientation and Mobility services are provided to students who are blind or visually impaired and are in need of instruction to travel safely and independently in the home, school and community. Certified O&M specialists are itinerant and travel to the student's school or home (if under 3 years of age). The goal of O&M services is to help the student gain a better understanding of body image spatial relationships, environmental concepts, orientation skills and safe and efficient movement in a variety of environments.
Music therapy is provided as a related service and educational resource to teachers and classrooms through a program-based consultative service model. Classroom personnel actively participate during a music therapy session in order to integrate skills into the class day.
The district provides instructional equipment and augmentative or assistive devices, as needed, for a student with unique special needs to participate and make progress in the educational program. Based on an assessment by the district Assistive Technology Team, recommendations are made to the ARD committee regarding a child's need for such devices as needed to benefit from their education.
Special transportation is a related service provided for eligible students with disabilities who are unable to attend the public school unless special transportation is provided. If the student can utilize regular transportation and is eligible for regular transportation, such transportation is made available. The ARD committee must establish each student's eligibility for special education and his/her need for special transportation, based on factors such as health, safety and communication skills.