Goals: SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL IEP GOALS

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Terry:  Can a person other than a social worker or counselor provide social and emotional service hours for a students IEP? Are there IDEA regs that state a social worker needs a certain level of license to fulfill IEP hours? I know many school districts require social workers to be licensed but I am wondering if IDEA requires this as well. If not, can any behavioral aide complete social and emotional IEP hours as long as that person is listed on the IEP?

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Terry, you don’t mention your role, your state or info about the child you work with, so I’ll explain what the law requires. Eligible children with disabilities are entitled to special education & related services. Related services are intended to enable the child to receive a free appropriate public education as described in the child’s IEP.

Counseling services & social work services are related services. IDEA defines counseling services as “services provided by qualified social workers, psychologists, guidance counselors, or other qualified personnel.”

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Does the behavioral aide meet the criteria as “qualified personnel”?

I don’t know where you work. Suggest that you check your state special ed regulations. You may get a more helpful answer to your question if you contact your state PTI – the staff are an excellent resource. http://www.parentcenterhub.org

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