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Related services is the term for those services a disabled child needs in order to benefit from special education.

Related services include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and rehabilitation counseling are related services. Transportation to school is a related service. (See page 54-55, Wrightslaw: Special Education Law) C
ompare this term to "supplementary aids and services" (page 55 of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law).

Related services and supplementary services may include one-to-one tutoring or remediation in reading, writing, spelling and arithmetic skills. The child does not have to be placed in a special education class to receive tutoring or remediation.

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FAQs: Related Services. What are related services? Who is eligible? How do we know what related services a child needs? Do parents have to pay for related services? Who provides related services? How are these services delivered and coordinated? Funded?

Definitions: Related Services. Children with disabilities are entitled to special education and related services. Learn more about related services.

Do You Know Who is Providing Your Child's Speech-Language Therapy? If your child’s IEP says speech therapy services will be provided by a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), this is legally correct and legitimate. If your child’s IEP says speech language services will be provided by “SLP/Staff,” your child may receive speech therapy from an untrained, unlicensed individual.

Giving Up? Discontinuing Services Due to "No Improvement?" Before agreeing to discontinue a service, get an OT and/or PT evaluation by an independent expert in the private sector. Ask the evaluator to attend the next IEP meeting with you.

Making Up Missed Services. My child has reading, speech and OT in her IEP.  How many times a month are the therapist’s “allowed” to miss a session?There is nothing in IDEA or the federal regulations about “missing services.”

Interpreter as Teacher? Not in IDEA. Interpreters are not teachers. It is ridiculous that an IEP team would design an education plan that does not specify a teacher.

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How to Request a One-to-One Aide for Your Child. Parent attorney Wayne Steedman provides advice about aides and a game plan that includes evaluations and observations of the child. This article includes new NCLB requirements about education, training and duties of paraprofessionals.

Related Services: A Closer Look. This comprehensive article describes all related services available under the IDEA; includes resources, references, links to organizations.

Congress Intended to Open Door to All Qualified Children. U. S. Supreme Court decision in Cedar Rapids v. Garret F. clarifies that schools must provide related services whenever necessary for children to attend school.

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Cedar Rapids v. Garret F. (1999) Case about child who needed related services to attend school; decided in 1999; analysis of Cedar Rapids v. Garret F.

Cedar Rapids v. Garret F
.  U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. This case on behalf of a child who needed related services to attend school was heard by the  U. S. Supreme Court; download Supreme Court decision

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