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Related Services

Related services as are necessary for an exceptional student to benefit from education. Such services may include: transportation; diagnostic and evaluation services; social services; physical and occupational therapy; speech and language pathology services; job placement; orientation and mobility training; braillists, typists, and readers for the blind; interpreters and auditory amplification; services provided by a certified listening and spoken language specialist; rehabilitation counseling; transition services; mental health services; guidance and career counseling; specified materials, assistive technology devices, and other specialized equipment; and other such services as approved by rules of the state board. 1003.01(3)(b) F.S.

Speech and Language Impaired

Speech impairments are disorders of speech sounds, fluency, or voice that interfere with communication, adversely affect performance and/or functioning in the educational environment, and result in the need for exceptional student education.

Florida Administrative Rule for Students with Speech Impairments

Language impairments are disorders of language that interfere with communication, adversely affect performance and/or functioning in the student’s typical learning environment, and result in the need for exceptional student education.

Florida Administrative Rule for Students with Language Impairments

Resources

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is a national organization of speech-language pathologists and speech, language, and hearing scientists. The mission of ASHA is to promote the interests of and provide the highest quality of services and to advocate for people with communication disorders. The site provides valuable information for consumers. 

Occupational or Physical Therapy

Occupational therapy means services provided by a licensed occupational therapist or a licensed occupational therapy assistant. Physical therapy means services provided by a qualified physical therapist or a licensed physical therapist assistant. Therapy services

includes improving, developing, or restoring functions impaired or lost through illness, injury, or deprivation; improving ability to perform tasks for independent functioning if functions are impaired or lost; and preventing, through early intervention, initial or further impairment or loss of function.

Florida Administrative Rule for the Provision of Occupational or Physical Therapy as a Related Service

Resources

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA): American Occupational Therapy Association

AOTA: Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, 2nd Edition (Framework–II) (PDF)

APTA: American Physical Therapy Association