Related Services

What Are Related Services?
Related services means transportation and such developmental, corrective, and other supportive services as are required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education services. The list of related services is not exhaustive and may include other developmental, corrective, or supportive services (such as artistic and cultural programs, and art, music, and dance therapy), if they are required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education.
  • 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
  • Medical Services for diagnostic or evaluation purposes
  • School health services and school nurse services
  • Social work services in schools
  • Parent Counseling and training

Related services do not include a medical device that is surgically implanted including:
  • Cochlear implants
  • The optimization of device functioning (e.g. mapping)
  • Maintenance of the device
  • Replacement of the device

Important to Note:

Nothing limits the right of a child with a surgically implanted device (e.g., cochlear implant) to receive related services that are determined by the IEP team to be necessary for the child to receive FAPE.

Nothing limits the responsibility of a public agency to appropriately monitor and maintain medical devices that are needed to maintain the health and safety of the child, including breathing, nutrition, or operation of other bodily function, while the child is transported to and from school or is at school.

Nothing prevents the routine checking of an external component of a surgically implanted device to make sure it is functioning properly.

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