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Related Services

Related services only shall be recommended by the committee on special education to meet specific needs of a student with a disability and include but are not limited to speech/language therapy, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and/or teacher of the deaf services. The frequency, duration and location of each service shall be indicated in the IEP. A student with a disability may be provided with more than one service in accordance with the need of the student. Related services may be provided in conjunction with a regular education program or with other special education programs and services.

Speech and Language Therapy

Speech-language Therapy is provided to students who have been diagnosed as having a disorder or delay in communication (articulation, fluency, language, or pragmatics). Speech therapy involves direct intervention with students and consultation with teachers about the most effective ways to facilitate the child's communication in the class setting. Speech/language therapy is generally provided in small groups, however may be provided individually when needed. Speech/language therapy as a related service is available to both disabled and nondisabled students. The district employs 4 full time speech therapists.

Occupational Therapy (OT)

Occupational Therapy (OT) involves the functional evaluation of the student and the planning and use of a program of purposeful activities to develop or maintain adaptive skills. Activities are designed to achieve the student achieve maximal physical and mental functioning in his or her daily life tasks. Fine motor/self-help skill development, sensory processing, and functional life skills are addressed in occupational therapy. Evaluation, direct service, indirect service (monitoring), and consultation are provided to assist students in accessing the educational environment. Occupational therapy as a related service is available to students with disabilities who are identified through the CSE and the Section 504 committee. Occupational therapists also offer whole group instruction to district kindergarten classes to support early writing development. The district employs one full time occupational therapist and one full time certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA).

Physical Therapy (PT)

Physical Therapy (PT) is a related special education service provided to students in the areas of gross motor skill development, functional mobility, positioning, and environmental adaptations. Evaluation, direct service, indirect service (monitoring), and consultation are provided to assist students in accessing the educational environment. Physical therapy as a related service is available to students with disabilities who are identified through the CSE and the Section 504 committee. The district employs one full time physical therapist.

School Social Work

School Social Work provides counseling to students with disabilities as well as nondisabled students. This service also provides classroom consultation, crisis intervention, and referrals to outside agencies. School social workers are often part of the assessment process for special education students. School social workers consult with teachers and administrators and participate on educational teams within our schools. The district employs 3.5 school social workers.

Teacher of the Deaf

The teacher of the deaf designs and implements specialized instruction to meet the needs of students with varying degrees of hearing impairments. The district employs one full time teacher of the deaf.