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Language and Speech Services:

Language and Speech (LAS) services can be beneficial for students with a unique need in the areas of expressive language, receptive language, pragmatic language and articulation, just to name a few. Often times in IEP meetings an initial discussion will occur as to whether or not a student is exhibiting a need which necessitates LAS services within the school environment.

What happens when a nurse is absent from school and your disabled child requires a nurse to be on campus because of his/her medical condition?

Like most employees, nurses are not immune to an occasional day off from work. But when it comes to a student whose medical condition necessitates the ongoing presence of a nurse at school, school districts should not wait for a nurse to call in sick before developing a back-up plan. Even if it is for just one day, the school district is still under the obligation per IDEA to properly implement a child's IEP, including nursing services. As such, it is prudent that school districts take all necessary steps to ensure that a student receives services when his/her assigned nurse misses school such as creating a plan when a nurse is unavailable, work with a 3rd party provider to ensure coverage or train a full time nurse who is on campus throughout the entire school day.

Related Services

Following the determination of an appropriate educational placement, there will likely be a discussion regarding the related services which a student may require. This is another area which can be confusing for parents, given the wide variety of specific related services. Below is a brief outline of possible related services which a student's unique needs may allow them to qualify for:

Music Therapy and Its Positive Impact on Brain Development

Katy Perry is best known for her catchy pop songs about California girls, teenage dreams, and wild Friday nights. But in 2012, Perry brought the importance of music and autism to light when she performed "Firework" with Jodi DiPiazza, an 11 year fan with autism. Watch the video at Comedy Central's website here.

The ABCs of AAC in the IEP: Huh?

Determining the supports and services required to satisfy a student's unique needs can be a difficult process. Under the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA), schools have a duty to "consider the communication needs of the child" and "consider whether the child needs assistive technology (AT) devices and services." If you believe that your child may benefit from supportive services such as AT or Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices, request an AT or AAC evaluation in writing.

What Is Extended School Year (ESY)?

Your child might be offered Extended School Year (or ESY) in their current IEP. You may understand this as being scholastic services delivered during the Summer vacation period, which is accurate. However, this is not the same as the traditional understanding of Summer School, and many parents are unpleasantly surprised when they find out just what ESY consists of.

The New Era of Educationally Related Mental Health Services

With the passage of Assembly Bill 114 ("AB 114") on June 30, 2011, Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) have been responsible for the provision of mental health services as part of a students' special education and related services. Previously, county mental health providers had the responsibility to provide such services and in the 10 months since LEAs have been providing these services, mental health services have evolved to have a minimal presence in the special education setting.

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