Maryland Statewide Individualized Education Program (IEP) Process Guide July 2014  

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Special Education Services

Service Nature

Nature refers to the type of service, regardless of the frequency. This field is completed to address each special education services to be provided to the student, as determined by the student’s IEP team.

 

Classroom Instruction
Specially designed instruction conducted in the classroom, home, hospital, institution. May include transition, vision, or career technology services if services are provided as specially designed instruction.
 

Physical Education
Instruction in physical and motor fitness, fundamental motor skills and patterns, special physical education (adapted physical education, movement education, and motor development). These are services other than such services that are provided by an occupational therapist or physical therapist.
 

Speech/Language Therapy
Instruction in speech and language skills provided by or in consultation with a speech/language pathologist.
 

Travel Training
Instruction, as appropriate, to students with disabilities who require this instruction, to enable them to develop an awareness of the environment in which they live; and learn the skills necessary to move effectively and safely from place to place within that environment (e.g., in school, in the home, at work, and in the community).
 

Location

Indicate the location of service as either:

  • General Education
  • Outside General Education*

*NOTE: Each time the IEP team identifies a service as requiring the provision of services outside of a general education setting, the IEP team is required to explain WHY that service CANNOT be provided in general education with the use of supplementary aids, services, program modifications, and supports.

Service Description

Number of Sessions
Indicate the number of times the student will receive the service. This is optional for classroom instruction only. For all other services, this is a required field. If the student requires a specific number of sessions not listed, select other. The option of “Other” includes a text filed to specify the number of sessions.
 

Length of Time
Describe how often the service is to occur in terms of:

• Hours
• Minutes

 

Frequency
Describe how often the service is to occur in terms of:

  • Daily
  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Yearly
  • Only Once
  • Quarterly
  • Semi-annually

The frequency and duration indicated as appropriate within the IEP must be tailored to address the unique needs that affect the student’s ability to make progress in the general curriculum. Factors such as “administrative convenience “ or specific staffing issues are not acceptable reasons for utilizing frequencies such as 20 times yearly or 20 times only. A more accurate description of the frequency of a service should be utilized to provide families and service providers a clear understanding of the frequency of service.

See Appendix H Technical Assistance Bulletin 21 Documentation of Delivery of Related Services for guidance relative to frequency and duration.
 

Begin Date

The month, day and year this service will begin. This date must be equal to or after the IEP team meeting date.
 

End Date

The month, day and year this service will end.

 

Duration

Indicate the total number of weeks of service.

The frequency and duration indicated as appropriate within the IEP must be tailored to address the unique needs that affect the student’s ability to make progress in the general curriculum. Factors such as “administrative convenience “ or specific staffing issues are not acceptable reasons for utilizing frequencies such as 20 times yearly or 20 times only. A more accurate description of the frequency of a service should be utilized to provide families and service providers a clear understanding of the frequency of service.

See Appendix H Technical Assistance Bulletin 21 Documentation of Delivery of Related Services for guidance relative to frequency and duration.

Providers

Primary
Indicate the provider/agency with the primary responsibility for the delivery, documentation and accountability for the provision of the service to the student with a disability.
 

Other
If more than one provider/agency is responsible for the provision of the service, identify the other provider/agency responsible for delivery, documentation, and accountability for the provision of the service to the student with a disability.

Summary of Service

The total time of each service calculated in terms of total number of hours and minutes described in terms of:

  • Weekly
  • Monthly; or
  • Yearly; and
  • Hours and Minutes
     

ESY Service Nature

Describe the special education service(s) the student is to receive, as appropriate. Complete all available fields as stated previously for service description.

Discussion of Service(s) Delivery

Available text field to describe the IEP team’s discussion relative to the nature of service delivery for each or any of the services to ensure service providers and parent understand the unique nature of the service(s).