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Music Therapy as a related service

The U.S. Department of Education recognizes Music Therapy as a Related Service. 

Using a criterion based assessment (Special Education Music Therapy Assessment Process, SEMTAP,) Board-Certified Music Therapists are able to determine if Music Therapy is ncessary to assist a child in his/her education. 

Existing IDEA regulations recognize that the list of related services may include Music Therapy if it is required to assist a child with his/her special education. 

Required steps for Music Therapists to conduct a semtap evaluation



Can come from member of the IEP team- parent, teacher, therapist, and must be formalized at an IEP meeting.

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Review Of IEP

Review of current IEP and records



Direct observation of IEP related goals and objectives

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Interviews and discussion with team members including family/caretakers

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Direct Assessment

Assessment based on IEP goals and objectives

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Written Report

SEMTAP report will include recommendations for service delivery and goals and objectives

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Team Meeting

Presentation of the report and assessment to the team. The team will decide whether to add the service to the student's IEP. 

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