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Related Services

It is important that the child receives an appropriate education and therefore benefits from that education. Students with disabilities have a right to related services to help them learn and receive the maximum benefit from their educational programs. Related services249, according to IDEIA, consist of "transportation and such developmental, corrective and other supportive services as are required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education." These services are to be determined on an individualized basis, not by the disability or category of the disability.

If a child needs any of these "related services" to benefit from his/her education, they must be written into the IEP. Frequency and duration of services, as well as relevant objectives, should be included. Related services as defined by IDEIA may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Audiology
  • Counseling services
  • Early identification and assessment of disabilities in children
  • Medical services (for diagnostic or evaluation purposes only)
  • Occupational therapy
  • Parent counseling and training
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychological services
  • Recreation
  • Rehabilitation counseling
  • School health services
  • Social work services
  • Speech pathology
  • Transportation

The regulation does not limit related services to those specifically mentioned above. If a child requires a particular service to benefit from special education and that service is developmental, corrective or supportive, it is also a "related" service and should be provided. It does not have to be expressly listed in the regulation. Examples of these kinds of services may include a full- or part-time aide or assistive technology, such as a computer.


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