Related Services and Other School Staff
You, the teacher, are the instructional authority in your classroom. Your training, experience, and education have prepared you to be the professional who makes decisions regarding instruction for your students. Some of your students, however, will have needs that require the expertise of additional professionals who have specialized training and expertise that most classroom teachers do not have. Specialists are needed when a student qualifies for services such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, or support for an auditory or visual impairment. These specialists support not only students but also staff through consultation and direct support in their specific area of expertise. The overall success of your students depends on the collaboration between you as the classroom teacher and these specialists.