Can We Request Tutoring in the IEP?

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ISSN: 1538-320
December 3, 2019

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image of young girl student with sign that says help width=A child with a disability needs specially designed instruction which includes corrective supportive services and therapy, and, for example, tutoring.

The definition of Related Services and Special Education in IDEA, independent of each other, support tutoring as an appropriate service for FAPE.

The school is required to provide all the services described in the IEP right away. Missed sessions or interrupted services could constitute a denial a FAPE.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn about tutoring as a direct service under IDEA, not an accommodation or modification.

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Can We Request Tutoring in the IEP?

My son is in general education and is failing. He receives resource room, but this is not helping. Can we request that the school provide 1-1 tutor?

Find out what options you may have.

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Tutoring as a Direct Service under IDEA

Where should we put tutoring for a student on the IEP page? Is tutoring considered a reasonable accommodation or modification?

In Pete's opinion, tutoring and / or direct one-to-one remediation of a required academic skill, such as reading, is clearly supported in IDEA 2004. It is neither an accommodation or modification.

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My Child Has Dysgraphia - How Can I Find a Tutor?

  • If you haven't done so already, you need to get a comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation.
  • If your child has dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia or another learning disability, our advice is the same - the IDA maintains lists and can help you find a trained tutor.


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