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Developing Your Child's IEP - Should the IEP Include All the Services My Child Needs?

Question 5. Should my child's IEP include all the services he needs?

Answer

Yes. The IEP must include all special education services, related services, and supplementary aids and services your child needs, and the school will provide. The IEP is a written commitment for the delivery of services to meet a student's educational needs.

The law requires these services to be based on peer-reviewed research "to the extent practicable."

Services in the IEP may include:

Special education services are "specially designed instruction" designed to meet your child's unique needs.

Related Services are services your child needs to benefit from special education (i.e., speech language therapy, occupation therapy, physical therapy, nursing services).

Supplementary aids and services are services and supports your child receives in general education classes and other settings so your child can be educated with children who are not disabled.

The IEP must include the projected date to begin services, and the frequency, location and duration of services. The model IEP form published by the U.S. Department of Education provides the format to record required information in the IEP.

Legal Resources

See Chapter 4: Overview of IDEA, Section 504, ADA; Chapter 5: Individuals with Disabilties Education Act; Chapter 6: IDEA Regulations in Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Edition

See Chapter 5: IDEA Statute:

20 U.S.C. § 1401(26)

20 U.S.C. § 1401(29)

20 U.S.C. § 1401(33)

20 U.S.C.§ 1414(d)

IDEA Regulations (34 C.F.R. Section 300.320) are in Chapter 6 of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Edition

34 C.F.R. §300.34

34 C.F.R. §300.39

34 C.F.R. §300.42

34 C.F.R. §300.320

34 C.F.R. §300.320(a)(7)

Wrightslaw: All About IEPs Chapter 4 - Present Levels, Measurable Goals, Services

Additional Resources

How to Use IDEA 2004 to Improve Your Child's Special Education

Guidance from U.S. Department of Education: Model IEP Form sets out the IEP content that the regulations (34 CFR §§300.320-300.328) require.

Your State Special Education Regulations and Guidelines. You will find your specific state regulations at your State Department of Education website. Use the Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities to locate your state site.

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