How to Read the Service Delivery Grid on your IEP, Frequency
Let’s say your child has an IEP goal of occupational therapy. We have seen that occupational therapy is on the IEP service delivery grid and that the grid notes that a therapist is providing the service. How often does that service happen? For how long?
Welcome to the fourth column on the service delivery grid, the frequency column. Once again, this could be under the A, B, or C grid. We are going to focus on the B and C grids, because those are for direct service to the child.
This shows how many times per cycle this service happens, and for how long.
You see two numbers with “x” between them. The second number is easy to understand. It is the number of minutes of each meeting. In this case, a class period is 45 minutes. So the math class is 45 minutes long. This is a general education class – we know that because it is on the B grid.
Going down to the C grid, we see that the length of time that a student meets with the occupational therapist is 30 minutes.
What is that 180 on the last number? If I zoom out to show the entire grid (see below), we see that it means summer school. But we only know that because of the dates, which is our next entry. In this case, the child is in summer school for 180 minutes per session, or three hours per day in the summer.
Now for that first number in the frequency. It means how many time the service is delivered per cycle. Not per week. Per cycle. Your child’s school may have a six-day cycle. I have taught six-day cycles in middle school and high school. In that case, the child would have math, say, 6 x 45.
But in the images here, the student has a five-day cycle. We see 5 x 45 for math.
Notice that the child does not meet with the occupational therapist five times per cycle. The OT meeting is once per cycle, thus the 1 x 30. (Why not 45? It could be. It just depends on what the Team decides.)
As for the summer school frequency, we already noted that the child goes to school for three hours per meeting, or 180 minutes. You can see that the first number is 4. The school is on a five-day cycle, but summer school only meets four days per week. So the child goes to summer school four days per week for three hours per day.
By looking at the Frequency and Duration column, you can understand your child’s day. Any classes that are not on this grid would mean that the child has a general education class with a general educator.
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