Related Services/Terms and Abbreviations

Related Services

Adapted Physical Education

Provides services designed to meet the physical needs of students who, because of physical limitation, are unable to participate successfully in the regular physical education program. In most cases, adapted physical education is provided in conjunction with the regular program with consultation to regular physical education staff regarding program modifications and adaptations for students with disabilities.

Occupational Therapy

Provides students with physical, sensory, neurological or motor disabilities assistance to meet their unique educational goals. These services facilitate fine motor development, promote independence in daily living skills and increase skills through the use of adaptations.

Physical Therapy

Provides students with physical, sensory, neurological or motor disabilities assistance to meet their unique educational goals. These services assist with improving functional mobility, increasing function through gross motor development, adapting mobility equipment, and strengthening muscles for functional use.

Social Work

Provides services to students who are struggling with social/emotional and/or behavioral issues that impact their functioning within the academic setting in order to maximize their success in school. School social workers work together with students, teachers, other school personnel and families to develop and implement strategies that will enhance students’ school success. These services are typically provided outside of the general education classroom and may be in a small group or on an individual basis.


Provides services to students who have been diagnosed with a speech or language difficulty that requires remediation in articulation and/or expressive/receptive language. Speech/Language pathologists collaborate with teachers, special educators and other school personnel to implement individual programs and support classroom activities. These services can be provided within the general education classroom or in the speech/language classroom.

Vision Services

Provide services to students with mild through severe vision disabilities to enable them to function effectively in the classroom and develop skills necessary for independence. Includes direct instruction, consultation, and vision evaluations.



ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
AT Assistive Technology
AYP Adequate Yearly Progress
BIP Behavior Intervention Plan
DD Developmental Disability
ED Emotional Disability
EC Early Childhood
ESY Extended School Year
FAPE Free Appropriate Public Education
FBA Functional Behavioral Assessment
FERPA Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act
HI Hearing Impairment
IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEP Individualized Education Plan
LEA Local Education Agency
LEP Limited English Proficient
LRE Least Restrictive Environment
MR Cognitive Disability
NCLB No Child Left Behind
OCR Office for Civil Rights
OHI Other Health Impairment
OI Orthopedic Impairment
OT Occupational Therapy
PBIS Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports
PT Physical Therapy
RtI Response to Intervention
SL Speech/Language Impairment
SLD Specific Learning Disability (formerly LD)
TBI Traumatic Brain Injury

Private/Parochial Child Find

In accordance with the requirements of the federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (“IDEA 2004”), public school districts are required to spend a portion of their Federal Part B special education funds in order to provide identified students with disabilities who attend private schools with the opportunity to equitably participate in special education services offered by the district. 

As part of that process, District 27 conducts child find and utilizes a proportionate share of our federal dollars for students with suspected disabilities. District 27 staff members provide consultation and evaluations for those students with suspected disabling conditions.