School for Social Work
Social work with children with disabilities, United States. Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, Individualized education programs, Nonverbal learning disabilities, Nonverbal learning disorder, IDEA 2004, Social work, School, "Related services", IEP Individual Education Program, Individuals with disabilities act
This study was undertaken to investigate the extent to which social work services are incorporated into Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) of students with Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD), who performs these services when they are incorporated into the IEP and are the services provided in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), (Public Law PL 108-446) and the mandate for "related services" defining Social Work services Sec.300.34. It was hypothesized, that implementing social work services in accordance with the mandate for "related service" as stated IDEA 2004, would improve the ability of students with Nonverbal Learning Disorder to perform in school. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected through the use of an online survey. Completed surveys from 49 Masters level Special Education public school teachers regarding their perceptions of the degree to which Social Workers play a role in the Special Education process related to students with NLD and the extent to which social work services are implemented consistent with guidelines for IEP management were analyzed. The findings of this study indicated a significant, positive strong correlation related to the frequency with which Social Workers attend IEP meetings for students with Nonverbal Learning Disorder and how often social work services are identified for this population of students.
Carrin, Patricia A., "IDEA 2004 : a mandate for social work services : are these services included in the IEPs of students with nonverbal learning disorder?" (2012). Masters Thesis, Smith College, Northampton, MA.