Service Logs: Is your child receiving the services outlined in their IEP

April 6, 2011 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Dennise Goldberg

You’ve done it, the IEP is signed; everyone is in agreement, so joy and prosperity fill the air.  Mom and Dad can now relax and revel in a job well done, or can they?  What experience has taught me, is that there is a big difference between agreement and execution.  Your child’s IEP should always have a statement regarding the special education and related services to be provided for the following year including the frequency, location and duration of those services.  These are not mere guidelines for the Service Providers to follow, but are legally binding service amounts.  So how can Mom and Dad figure out if their child is receiving the services outlined in their IEP?  When your child is seen by a Service Provider (Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, etc) they need to document each session and provide notes on what was worked on during that session.  This might be known as a Service Log or Service Notes.  As a parent, you have a right to ask for a copy of these Service Logs and at a minimum, should request them prior to every IEP meeting.  If you child didn’t receive the proper amount of services, you can request compensatory hours to be added at the next IEP to make up for the hours missed. Read the rest of this entry →

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