The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines related services

Related services means transportation and any other developmental, corrective or other supportive services that a child needs to benefit from special education. Some children need related services in order to meet the goals in their Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Related services may include:

• Transportation

• Early identification and assessment of disabilities in children

• Speech-language pathology and audiology services

• Parent counseling and training

• Interpreting services

• Psychological services

• Physical and occupational therapy

• Recreation, including therapeutic recreation

• Social work services

• School health services

• School nurse services

• Counseling services, including rehabilitation counseling

• Orientation and mobility services

• Medical services (only to diagnose or evaluate a child’s disability)

Related services are not limited to the ones outlined above. If a service is necessary for the child to benefit from his or her special education program, the service must be provided, even if it is not included in this list. …..Continue Reading

Other resources:

  • Guidance for the Related Services of OT, PT, and SLP in Kentucky Public Schools (KDE)
  • Resource Manual for Educationally Related OT and PT in Kentucky Public Schools – Questions and Answers (KDE)
  • 707 KAR 1:002. Definitions. (51)(a) “Related services” means transportation and such developmental, corrective, or supportive services as are required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education. It includes 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.(b) “Related services” also means school health services and school nurse services, social work services in school, and parent counseling and training.(c) “Related services” do not include a medical device that is surgically implanted, the optimization of that device’s functioning (such as mapping) maintenance of that device, or the replacement of that device.(d) The definition of “related services” does not:
    1. Limit The responsibility of the LEA 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 functions, while the child is transported to and from school or is at school;
    2. Prevent the routine checking of an external component of a surgically implanted device to make sure it is functioning properly; or
    3. Limit The right of a child with a surgically-implanted device to receive related services that are determined by the ARC to be necessary for the child to receive FAPE.