Programs versus Related Services
Programs versus Related Services. There is a difference between programs that students are eligible for and related services. Programs are defined and outlined by criteria set by the state board of education. When your child is being found eligible for an ESE service, he or she is being found eligible for a program, like SLD. Related services are additional services that can be provided to your child so that he or she may benefit from specially designed instruction. Speech and Language services can be considered a program and/or a related service. Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy are considered related services and unless your child is getting services through an IEP he or she may not qualify for these additional services.