The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) outlines the kinds of services and supports children with disabilities may be eligible to receive. The services your child actually receives will be determined by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team.
IDEA requires “specially designed instruction” for students who are eligible for special education services. This means that instruction must be designed for an individual student. Thus services will look different for every child. Instruction includes more than academic instruction. Students on the autism spectrum, in particular, will need to learn social and behavioral skills, which will help them relate to peers and teachers and which will help them to be successful in a classroom environment.
In addition to specially designed instruction, your child may also be eligible to receive “related services.” Related services are those services which may be needed in order for a child with a disability to benefit from special education. They may include transportation, speech-language services, psychological services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, therapeutic recreation, assistive technology, social work services, counseling services, and school nurse services.
Your child, and your child’s teachers, may also be eligible for “supplementary aids and services.” Supplementary aids and services are supports that are provided in regular education classes or other education settings to enable children with disabilities to be educated with nondisabled children to the maximum extent appropriate. They may include modifications to the regular curriculum, assistance of an itinerant teacher or teacher’s assistant, training for teachers, visual supports, and various other accommodations, such as preferred seating and more frequent breaks.
The services provided your child should be based on peer-reviewed research to the extent practicable. This means that your child may be receiving Evidence Based Treatments – in other words, those that have been proven successful for children on the autism spectrum.
- Transportation to School and Special Education Services
- Speech, Language and Communication
- Examples of School-Based Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy for Children with ASD
- The Role of the School Nurse
- School Counselors and Counseling Services
- Accommodations and Supports for Preschool Students with ASD (for families of Preschool Students)
- Accommodations and Supports for School-Age Students with ASD (for families of School-Age students)
- Evidence Based Practices
- Who Pays for Special Education Services?
- What Time of Day are Special Education Services Provided?
- How do I Keep Track of the Services My Child Receives?