Glossary of Terms

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Glossary of Terms
Referral

The process of requesting a screening to determine if a child should be evaluated to find out if there is a need for special education services

Regression/recoupment

The amount of loss of skills a child experiences over an instructional break (primarily summer vacation) and the amount of time it takes him/her to recover the lost skills. Standards for when regression and recoupment concerns require summer school are developed in case law and in state and federal policy letters. 

Related Services

Services (which are written in the IEP) that must be provided for a child who qualifies for special education in order to benefit from his/her educational program, for example, transportation, speech, occupational or physical therapy, psychological services, audiology, etc.

Residential Placement

A highly restrictive special education placement requiring 24 hours of special education intervention every day.

Resource placement

A special education placement for less than half a child's school day. Such a classroom is usually called a "resource room." 

Respite care

A service provided to the families of children who require extraordinary forms of care so that the family can take vacations, handle business affairs, and have some relief from the duties of caring for the child