What are the Roles of Related Service Personnel in Inclusive Schools?

Authored by: Diana Joyce-Beaulieu , Jill Welsh

Handbook of Effective Inclusive Schools

Print publication date:  May  2014
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415626057
eBook ISBN: 9780203102930
Adobe ISBN: 9781136242434


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Related service personnel are essential to supporting the success of students with disabilities in general education settings through both direct intervention as well as contributions to collaborative multi-disciplinary problem-solving teams. This chapter will identify related service personnel, discuss the services they provide, their prevalence in public schools, and the pre-professional training they acquire that prepares them for working in inclusive settings. Furthermore, this chapter will discuss two primary roles of related service personnel in contributing to successful inclusion: participation in integrated multi-disciplinary team services, and fostering home-school collaborations. Implications for practice in inclusive schools will be discussed, as well as future directions for research.

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