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Is Your Child Eligible for ESY Instruction?

Y.A.L.E. student playing soccerThe decision about ESY instruction is made each year by the IEP team, which includes the parent.

The most common method for determining a child’s eligibility for ESY is regression/recoupment analysis, which considers whether a student would regress if educational services were interrupted for a period of time, and whether it would take a long time to regain the lost skills. However, this is not the only factor the IEP team should use to determine whether a student qualifies. The team must consider other factors, too, such as:

  • The severity of the disability.
  • The ability of the parents to provide services at home.
  • The student’s vocational needs.
  • The ability of the student to interact with non-disabled peers.
  • Whether the student is on the brink of learning new skills.

ESY services may be provided in a variety of forms, including, but not limited to 1:1 tutoring, related therapies, social skills groups, and practicing skills in the home and community. Whatever the service, it must be provided in accordance with the student’s individualized needs.

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