Related Services in Special Education: Working Together as a Team is a resource for anyone who works with school-age children with disabilities to showcase the professional expertise and value-add related services providers bring to the IEP team and school community. With a theme of intentional collaboration and communication, this book is written and organized for educators and administrators and designed as a go-to resource—a conversation starter for professional development and ongoing learning about how to increase the effectiveness of the school-based teams who support students with disabilities. The core chapters define related services, review the legal requirements and considerations, offer examples of related services and their providers, and provide strategies to effectively leverage the professional knowledge of all team members. This book is rich in resources, including end-of-chapter thinking and reflection questions, information on the law and Supreme Court cases that guide understanding of related services, an entire chapter of recommended resources to extend learning, and case-study examples to support connection of concepts to practice.
Lisa Goran, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an associate teaching professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Missouri, where she serves as the director of teacher education and director of undergraduate studies for special education. She teaches and coordinates courses in special education for students pursuing teacher certification. She is a speech-language pathologist who has worked in school, clinical, and private practice settings. As a special educator, she taught students with disabilities in self-contained and resource classrooms and cotaught in general education classrooms. She served as a building-level department chair for special education. Dr. Goran earned a PhD in special education from the University of Missouri. She is active in national- and state-level professional organizations related to speech-language pathology (ASHA, MSHA); special education (CEC, CASE, DLD, TED, MO-CASE); and teacher education (AACTE, MACTE). She recently coauthored chapters in Developing Educationally Meaningful and Legally Compliant IEPs and Sexuality Education for Students with Disabilities and an article for a special issue of Teaching Exceptional Children focusing on legally proficient IEPs.
David F. Bateman, PhD, is a principal researcher at the American Institutes for Research and a professor emeritus at Shippensburg University in the Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education, where he taught courses on special education law, assessment, and development of IEPs. He was a due-process hearing officer for Pennsylvania for more than 580 hearings. He uses his knowledge of litigation in special education to assist school districts in providing appropriate supports for students with disabilities and to prevent and recover from due-process hearings. He has been a classroom teacher of students with learning disabilities, behavior disorders, intellectual disability, and hearing impairments. Dr. Bateman earned a PhD in special education from the University of Kansas. He recently coauthored A Principal’s Guide to Special Education; A Teacher’s Guide to Special Education; Special Education Leadership: Building Effective Programming in Schools; Developing Educationally Meaningful and Legally Sound IEPs; and Current Trends and Issues in Special Education. He was coeditor of a special issue of Teaching Exceptional Children focusing on legally proficient IEPs.
Kristin C. Wikel (contributor, chapter 5) is the manager of the Riley Hospital for Children School Program. She has worked at Riley Hospital for Children since 2003. Her background is in education. She has a master’s degree in special education, where she is licensed to work with students who are in kindergarten through 12th grade. She is a licensed special education director for students in preschool through 12th grade. Kristin is completing her dissertation at Ball State University for her PhD in special education with an emphasis on educational leadership. Kristin is extremely passionate about working with and advocating for students with chronic medical, physical, and mental health conditions.
Chapter 1: Related Services
Definition and Purpose of Related Services
Related Services and the IEP
Specific Related Services
Early Identification and Assessment of Disabilities in Children
Orientation and Mobility Services
Parent Counseling and Training
School Health and School Nurse Services
Social Work Services in Schools
Important and Connected Points
Summary and Key Points
Active Learning Engagement
Questions to Consider
Chapter 2: Requirements and Considerations of Related Services
Specifics Related to the IEP
12 IEP Tips
Clarity on the Services Provided
Required IEP Components
IEP Team Member with Typical Roles
Summary of a Typical IEP Meeting
Four Important IEP Points for Classroom Teachers
Chapter 3: Types and Examples of Related Services
Orientation and Mobility
Social, Emotional, and Psychological Services
Medical and Health Services
School Health Services and School Nurse Services
Medical Services for Diagnostic or Evaluation Purposes
Miscellaneous Special Services
IEP Paperwork, Team, and Process
Chapter 4: Transportation as a Related Service
Chapter 5: Health Care Supports as a Related Service (with Kristin C. Wickel)
Chapter 6: Roles of Related Service Providers
Related-Service Providers as, Well, Service Providers
Related-Service Providers as Collaborators
Related-Service Providers as Professional Experts
Related-Service Providers as Communicators
Within the Team
With External Service Providers
Related-Service Providers as IEP Team Members
Tips for Effective Communication
A Day in the Life of a Related Services Provider
A Day in the Life: Baleigh
A Day in the Life: Mallory
Chapter 7: Recommended Resources
National Organizations and Resources for Related-Services Providers
Social, Emotional, & Psychological Services
The Regulations for Related Services
Words of Advice
Related-Service Words of Advice
Appendix A: Case Studies
Case Study 1: Max
Case Study 2: Saraiah
Case Study 3: Angelus
Appendix B: Supreme Court Cases Involving Related Services
Irving Independent School District v. Tatro (1984)
Cedar Rapids Community School District v. Garret F. (1999)
About the Authors
This book provides more in-depth coverage of the role of related services in special education than other books on this topic. This is a valuable resource for teacher preparation programs at the undergraduate and graduate level for the training of special educators and administrators, as well as for current related service providers and those in training to serve in the RSP role on an IEP team.
This book offers a layered approach to special education with practical, user-friendly ways to demystify the process.
Related Services in Special Education: Working Together as a Team is the exact book I have been looking for to include as required reading in my special education collaboration course. This practical guide provides educators with the foundational knowledge of related services necessary to foster collaborative partnerships with related service professionals and support the growth and development of their students.
This text is an excellent resource for educator preparation programs as it provides explicit definitions, examples, and supporting activities that are inclusive of the collaborative wraparound aspects of related services.
Related Services in Special Education: Working Together as a Team provides an accessible roadmap for how to provide appropriate services to students via collaborative teams in schools. This is a must-read text for educator preparation programs across multiple disciplines to support all students in reaching their full potential.