Related Services

TCSE School Nurses provide many health-related services that help to strengthen and assist the educational team in assessing and providing health-related services to children.  The School Nurses contribute knowledge and expertise with regards to the medical needs to parents, children, and staff members.  The primary focus of the school health service is to provide nursing care to the children within the programs.  In addition, the nurses provide health training, early prevention of illness and disability, health assessments, and health referrals.

The School Social Workers serve as an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team.  Primarily, they are responsible for the social-emotional needs of our children.  They provide individual and group services as indicated on the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  The School Social Workers offer classroom groups on developing social skills, they are also responsible for completing a social history at times of evaluation and reevaluation.  School Social Workers provide crisis intervention, child abuse reporting, critical incident debriefing, as well as mediation, teaching tolerance, and drug and alcohol awareness and abuse.  They are responsible for assisting with behavior management in the classroom and collaborating with community agencies for resources for our families.

SPEECH THERAPY              
Speech-Language Pathologists are responsible for meeting the communication needs of students as indicated on the Individual Education Plan(IEP).  Speech-language pathologists’ roles and responsibilities include prevention, identification, evaluation, and intervention of communication disorders including: speech (articulation/phonology, voice, fluency), communication, language, hearing, and swallowing.
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Occupational Therapists or  Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants provide special assistance to eligible students so that they may overcome physical, sensory, and motor deficits that are interfering with their educational progress. Occupational Therapy services are designed to help a student develop the underlying skills necessary for learning and the performance of specific tasks.  Therapy also provides special equipment and adapted academic material to help a student function as independently as possible in an educational setting.

Physical Therapists or Physical Therapy Assistants provide services for students with developmental delays, physical disabilities, motor deficits, and/ or movement dysfunctions which may interfere with their functioning and safety in the educational setting.  Physical Therapy services are used to improve mobility, motor functions, control postural deviations, and facilitate gross motor development.  In addition, therapy works toward strengthening muscles, minimizing the disability, and adapting equipment to facilitate optimal performance given the student’s capabilities.

General Principles governing Related Services in School

School-based related services

  • addresses needs that impact on the student’s educational performance
  • enhances the student’s ability to access his or her curriculum
  • addresses educational needs
  • is not based on medical need
  • must be an integrated part of the curriculum
  • should be integrated into the classroom or other natural setting as appropriate, such as PE, art, or recess
  • improves the student’s potential for successfully achieving classroom goals and objectives

Services may be provided through

  • consultation with parents and appropriate school personnel
  • periodic monitoring of program needs and developmental progress
  • recommendations for adaptive equipment or compensatory strategies for successful functioning
  • within the school environment
  • training of personnel working directly with the student
  • direct services by a therapist

*any combination of the above

Related Services (per Illinois School Code)

Section 226.310 Related Services
Each school district shall ensure that related services (defined in 34 CFR 300.34) are provided if necessary to assist an eligible child in benefiting from his or her special education.
(Source: Amended at 31 Ill. Reg. 9915, effective June 28, 2007

Each of our member districts provides appropriate related services to students with special needs as linked to the goals and objectives on the Individualized Education Plan.  The IEP team in a collaborative effort makes the decision for evaluation in these areas and then for the determination of services.

Services may be delivered to the student in either a consultation or direct manner.  Goals and objectives of the service must directly relate to those written to address the student’s disability.
Following is a list of possible related services:

  • Adapted PE
  • Aide – Class
  • Aide – Individual student
  • Art therapy
  • Audiology
  • Brailist/Reader
  • Counseling Services
  • Consultant Services
  • Adapted Driver Education (student must be at least 15)
  • Interpreter Services
  • Assistive Device
  • Music Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Outdoor Education
  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Other Related Services
  • Parent Counseling
  • Psychological Services
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Recreation
  • School Health Services
  • Speech/Language Services
  • Social Work Services
  • Special Transportation
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Transition/STEP by Division of Rehab. Service
  • Behavior Plan
  • Competitive Employment
  • Travel Training
  • Acquisition of Daily Living Skills
  • Supported Employment
  • Supports for Transition to Post-secondary Education