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by Calvin and Tricia Luker is an excellent resource on the
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Music Therapy and Special Education
and Regulations Governing Private Schools and Homeschools
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Therapeutic Listing Tips from
a Parent: Biggest problem was they recommend VERY
expensive headsets (needed for a full range of sound) and a really
good (therefore also expensive) CD player. The CDs themselves
aren't cheap either, at least for parents. (Perhaps $200 to get
started.) Try different CDs as
some of them can be irritating to some kids.
Find a way for the child to try it for 2 to 3 months before
investing in the setup. Remember,
the OT also needs training to make this therapy effective.
STATEMENT: The School Nurse and Specialized Health Care Services
National Association of School
Nurses - http://www.nasn.org/
History: Students with specialized health care needs attend
school, and many of these students require special health care
procedures in order to support life and/or maintain health.
Description of Issue: Students with special health care needs have the
right to attend school in a least restrictive setting which does not
place them at risk for added health impairment. The school nurse is
prepared to identify and assess students with special health care
needs and is a member of the special education evaluation team.
Rationale: Students with
special health care needs have the right to receive the required
special health care from qualified and adequately trained personnel.
Ongoing evaluation and assessment of the appropriateness of special
health care procedures must be provided in order to assure the safety
and appropriate placement of these students. The school nurse is
qualified to determine the level of training required to competently
perform specific health care procedures for students in the school
setting and the appropriate delegation of tasks (see Delegation
Conclusion: It is the
position of the National Association of School Nurses that special
health care for students in the schools be provided or delegated as
appropriate by a school nurse. Any student with a health condition
requiring ongoing nursing management at school should have an IHP
(Individualized Health Plan). The school nurse shall be responsible
for writing the Individualized Health Plan and the health component of
the Individualized Education Plan.
IEP Issues: Frequency of Related Services
- As parents, it is your
responsibility to read and understand what is written throughout
the IEP. Remember that you are agreeing to even the most minute
detail on each page. Nothing verbal counts - always get it in
writing and included on the actual IEP forms. What
you *think* something means and what it *really* means are usually
two completely different things.
Read very carefully
what is written on the "frequency" area
of the form for related services on your child's IEP.
For instance, you may see a
services frequency "range" with a
minimum and a maximum listed. In a
perfect world, the minimum would be needed only for those times
when the provider would be unable to meet the maximum because of
meetings, school recesses, student or therapist absences and the
like. However, be aware that the minimum may in fact "be" what
your child ends up receiving on a regular basis.
BE WILLING TO ACCEPT WHAT IS WRITTEN AS THE MINIMUM OR REQUEST
THAT THE FREQUENCY LISTED AS MINIMUM IS INCREASED.
This is especially true if the provider
has no ability to schedule "make up" times (for example, if the
schedule is totally full with no time even set aside to be
available for make up sessions).
Even if the actual
minimum is provided on a regular basis, the school district will
be considered "compliant." What you may be verbally promised (ie.
"we usually provide more than the minimum") may or may not happen.
It is important to follow up and know what your child
is actually receiving.
Remember, if your child is receiving less than the maximum, it may
NOT be the fault of the provider. They may have been told that the
district can only provide the minimum of
necessary services. Therefore, it is up
to parents to monitor what is actually being provided and whether
or not that is what your child needs.
Therapy and Special Education
American Music Therapy
Music Therapy is considered
a related service under the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
When music therapy is
deemed necessary to assist a child benefit from
his/her special education, goals are
documented on the Individual Education
Plan (IEP) as a related service intervention.
Music therapy can be an
integral component in helping the child with
special needs attain educational goals
identified by his/her IEP team.
Music therapy interventions
can address development in cognitive,
behavioral, physical, emotional, and social
skills. Music therapy can also facilitate
development in communication and sensory-motor skills.
Music therapy can offer
direct or consultant services as determined by the
individual needs of the child.
Music therapists can
support special education classroom teachers by
providing effective ways to incorporate
music into their academic curriculum.
Music therapy involvement
can stimulate attention and increase motivation
to participate more fully in other
aspects of the educational setting.
Music therapy interventions
apply the inherent order of music to set
behavioral expectations, provide
reassurance, and maintain structure for
children with special needs.
Music therapy can adapt
strategies to encourage a child's participation in
the least restrictive environment.