Research In Brief: Education Concepts

The school year is in full swing! In this month’s Research in Brief, we will define some terms you may see in research articles related to education of children and teens with disabilities. These include:

  • An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a written document detailing the special education services and accommodations that a child with disabilities receives in public school (preschool through twelfth grade). The IEP is developed with input from the student, parents, teachers, and special educators. Examples of accommodations on an IEP might include time each week with a learning specialist, textbooks provided in an alternate format, or allowing more time to complete tests and assignments.
  • Inclusive education is educating students with disabilities in classrooms that also include students without disabilities. A student may be in inclusive education for all or part of their school day, depending on their individual needs.
  • Early intervention services are special education or therapy services for children with developmental delays or medical conditions under the age of 3. These may include services from a physical, occupational or speech therapist, or a teacher of children with visual or hearing disabilities. Early intervention providers may also work with parents to help them best support their child’s development.

To learn more about research in this area, explore these topics in REHABDATA, NARIC’s index of disability and rehabilitation research!

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