A related service means any supportive service that is required to assist a student with disabilities to benefit from special education. If a student does not need special education there can be no related services provided under an IEP since a related service must be necessary in order for the student to benefit from special education.
Some related services, such as speech therapy, might qualify by themselves as special education. In such a case, the student must demonstrate a disability that meets one of the special education eligibility categories (speech impairment, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment) and require specially designed instruction.
The Assistive Technology (AT) team supports school teams in completing Assistive Technology and augmentative communication evaluations. AT consultants serve as a resource to school teams, provide trainings for devices used in the school setting and assist with equipment acquisition and maintenance. They consult with teams on supporting curriculum with AT and on planning individual student programs. Training for student support is offered in the areas of: augmentative communication, computer access, environmental control, and written expression or alternative writing.
Occupational therapists provide direct consult/ collaborative services to special education students, ages 3-21, who need assistance with hand function, oral-motor function, sensory motor skills and accessibility in order to be successful in the school environment. Therapists work collaboratively on school-based teams to ensure each student barrier-free access to and participation in learning.
Physical therapists provide direct consult/ collaborative services to special education students, ages 3 through 21, who need assistance with mobility, positioning, and/or accessibility in order to be successful in the school environment. Therapists work collaboratively on school-based teams to ensure each student barrier-free access to and participation in learning.
School psychologists work with school teams to support and evaluate students with significant academic, behavioral and/or social-emotional problems. School psychologists provide services to students, teachers and/or parents through classroom consultation and short-term counseling. Parents must give initial consent for any psychological evaluation which may be recommended by teachers or counselors. School psychologists provide professional resources for other district personnel. Psychologists work with school teams to develop academic and behavioral interventions, to assist with crisis intervention/ prevention, suicide awareness and grief counseling.
Speech-Language Pathologists assess and treat the communication disorders of articulation, language, voice, and stuttering for students age 3 through 21. Services are provided through direct contact with students and through consultation with teachers and/or parents and include a combination of classroom-based instruction, consultation, and group and individual therapy. Speech pathologists and para educators work collaboratively with the other members of the school team to ensure that students with communication disabilities have full participation in the learning environment and experience academic success. Speech-language staff partner with teachers to support language learning and literacy in the classroom.