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Psychological Services as Related Services
Paper Number: FY 2000-8
Revised May 2000
Division of Public Schools and Community Education
Bureau of Instructional Support and Community Services
Refer Questions To:
Debby Houston (850) 488-1106 SC: 278-1106
or Pat Howard (850) 922-0045 SC: 292-0045
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PAPERS are produced periodically by the Bureau of
Instructional Support and Community Services to present discussion of current topics. The TA
Papers may be used for inservice sessions,
technical assistance visits, parent organization meetings, or interdisciplinary discussion groups.
Topics are identified by state steering committees, district personnel, and individuals,
or from program compliance monitoring.
The purpose of this technical assistance paper is to clarify the nature of psychological services as a related service in order to promote each district’s ability to meet the needs of students for whom these services are deemed necessary and to fulfill the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 (IDEA ’97).

The term “related services,” as used in IDEA ’97, means “transportation and such developmental, corrective, and other supportive services as are required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education, and includes speech-language pathology and audiology services, psychological services, physical and occupational therapy, recreation, including therapeutic recreation, early identification and assessment of disabilities in children, counseling services, including rehabilitation counseling,

orientation and mobility services, and medical services for diagnostic and evaluation purposes. The term also includes school health services, social work services in schools, and parent counseling and training.”
The term “special education services” is defined in Florida Statutes [s. 228.041(19)], to mean “instruction and such related services as are necessary for the student to benefit from education. Such services may include: transportation; diagnostic and evaluation services; social services; physical and occupational therapy; job placement; orientation and mobility training; braillists,
typists, and readers for the blind; interpreters and auditory amplification; 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 regulations of the state Board.” Students with disabilities who are to be provided related services will have these services documented in their individual educational plan (IEP).

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