What are Related Services?
Related services help children with autism benefit from their special education program by providing extra help and support in needed areas, such as speaking or moving. Related services can include, but are not limited to, any of the following:
Physical and occupational therapy
Early identification and assessment of disabilities in children
School health services and school nurse services
Social work services in schools
Parent counseling and training
Questions About Related Services
Please direct any questions you have about related services to Camille Blake our Compliance Coordinator by calling (718) 904-5750 or e-mail CBlake3@schools.nyc.gov.
Speech therapists target improving students’ social skills through small group therapy sessions and then providing opportunities to practice their social skills with others in the school and community. Students work to improve their understanding of other people’s perspectives, initiating and turn-taking conversations, interpreting facial expressions and gestures.
Occupational therapy (OT) is a related service profession that supports teachers with helping adolescents with autism spectrum disorders achieve functional participation in life skills, and with transitioning to adulthood and the community environment.
Physical therapy (PT) is a related service profession that supports teachers with helping adolescents with autism spectrum disorders develop motor planning and increase endurance.
School counselors provide targeted interventions to meet our students' emotional and social needs in small groups and individual sessions. School counselors work with parents and teachers to provided appropriate strategies and interventions to meet students emotional and needs.
Hearing & Vision
Hearing services are for students who are deaf or have hearing impairments improve their communication skills. Goals may focus on speech-reading (also known as lip-reading), auditory training, and language development.
Vision services help students who are blind or have visual impairments to use braille.