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Related Services

What are related services?

Related services include, but are not limited to, speech-language pathology and audiology services, interpreting services, psychological services, physical and occupational therapy, recreation, including therapeutic recreation, early identification and assessment of disabilities in children, counseling services, including rehabilitation counseling, orientation and mobility services, and medical services for diagnostic or evaluation purposes. Related services also include school health services and school nurse services, social work services in schools and parent counseling and training.

Occupational Therapy:

Occupational therapy services are provided by a licensed occupational therapist or a licensed and supervised occupational therapy assistant. These services help students participate in and benefit from their educational program. Services may include: student role/interaction skills, learning academics and process skills, personal care, play and recreation, written communication, and community integration and work.


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Physical Therapy:

Physical therapy services are provided by licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. Some services that physical therapists help students with are: moving throughout school grounds, sitting, standing in line or at the board, moving in class or through the building. Interventions may include adaptations to school environments, working with a student on motor skills, assistance with identifying and getting special equipment, and collaboration with school staff and other professionals.

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Speech-Language Therapy:

Speech-Language therapy services are provided by licensed (and often certified) speech-language pathologists or licensed and supervised speech-language pathologist assistants. Speech-language pathologists can complete hearing screenings, speech-language screenings, administer evaluations, provide interventions, and document student progress. Services for students who receive speech-language therapy can include and target: articulation (speech sounds), receptive language (what the student can understand), expressive language (what the student can produce), pragmatic language (social skills), voice/resonance, and fluency.

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