Helpful Information for Families

We’ve put together some information, as well as some important policies regarding service delivery, that we hope will help you and your child get the most out of early intervention.  We look forward to working with you and your child.

Putting your IFSP into action is a team effort!  You and your family are important members of the team.  Be a part of your child’s services.  You can do this by:

  • Arranging services at times that will allow your participation.
  • Asking providers working with your child to teach you the skills you need to help your child make progress.
  • Keeping notes, a dairy or a journal about how services are working and how well your child is doing.
  • Communication your concerns with the therapist, service coordinator and agency.

Summary of Parental Involvement as a Team Member:

  • Communicate your goals for your child and consider short term goals (next 3 months) and long term goals (next 3 years).
  • Use IFSP as a guide; it can always be changed.
  • Communicate with service coordinator and practitioners to schedule review meetings at appropriate times to ensure continuity of services.
  • Be available to participate in review meetings.
  • Attend therapy when possible and devise ongoing communication system with providers and other caregivers.
  • Follow through with suggested therapy regimen between visits.
  • Be sure providers communicate with each other.
  • Communicate any problems and concerns early – don’t wait until it’s a big deal.
  • Communicate family transitions to other team members (changes in location/phone#, marriage, death, divorce, etc.).