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Related Services

Related Services

Related services can help a student participate in school and achieve his or her educational goals.

Your child’s IEP may recommend related services in the classroom, where related service providers can work with teachers, paraprofessionals, and other adults to support students; or your child’s IEP may recommend related services in other locations in the school. Your child’s IEP may recommend related services one-on-one or in a small group.

Types of Related Services

The following related services may be offered to students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) or Individualized Education Service Program (IESP). Work with your child's IEP team, CPSE, or CSE to determine which, if any, services are appropriate for your child.

Assistive Technology Services

Assistive Technology  helps students use their school materials and allows them to communicate.


Helps students improve their social, emotional, and coping skills. Goals may address appropriate school behavior and self-control, peer relationships, conflict resolution, and low self-esteem.

Hearing Education Services

Helps students who are deaf or hard of hearing improve their communication skills. Goals may focus on speech-reading (also known as lip-reading), auditory training, and language development

Occupational Therapy

Helps students develop eye and hand control and use information from the senses and attention to improve life skills such as eating, self-care, problem solving, and social skills.

Orientation and Mobility Services

Helps students with visual impairments improve their ability to be aware of and move safely in their environments.

Physical Therapy

Gives students independence in classrooms, the gym, the playground, bathrooms, hallways and staircases. Therapists will help students develop physical skills, such as:

  • Gross motor control (large-muscle movement control);
  • Ambulation (moving from place to place);
  • Balance; and
  • Coordination.

School Nurse Services

Helps students who have health-related needs stay safe and participate in school.

Sign Language Interpreter

Assigns a classroom sign language interpreter who provides access to academic and social interaction between teachers, staff and students.

Speech/Language Therapy

Helps students develop listening and speaking skills. Goals may address:

  • Auditory processing (understanding and using the sounds of language)
  • Phonological skills (organizing speech sounds)
  • Comprehension (understanding language)
  • Articulation (forming clear sounds in speech)
  • Social language skills