On the use of sensory integration therapies

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a policy statement, Sensory Integration Therapies for Children With Developmental and Behavioral Disorders, in the June 2012 issue of Pediatrics. In the statement, the AAP recommends that pediatricians not use "sensory processing disorder" as an independent diagnosis and points out that sensory disorders may be characteristics of other developmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder, attention … [Read more...]

Guided IFSP for young children with TBI

This 8-page shell of an IFSP (individualized family service plan) will help early interventionists and families develop an effective IFSP for a child younger than 5 years old who's had a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Includes lots of questions and prompts to guide the team's thinking on how to address the child's developmental needs, post-TBI.  (Link updated, April 2013) http://www.cbirt.org/uploads/medialibrary/2010/09/IFSP_Guide_for_Children_with_TBI.pdf … [Read more...]

Public Awareness and the Referral System

December 2012 Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that each State have a early intervention system that includes well-advertised processes for finding, referring, and (as appropriate) evaluating babies and toddlers suspected of having (or known to have) a developmental delay or disability. Having such a system includes: operating a public awareness program so that residents of the State know that early … [Read more...]

Parent Notification and Consent in Early Intervention

December 2012 Parents are essential partners in early intervention. They have the right to be deeply involved at every step along the way, from evaluation of their child, to the writing of the individualized family service plan (IFSP), to helping to determine the early intervention services their child receives. Not surprisingly, Part C of IDEA includes specific provisions to support the informed involvement of parents in their child's early … [Read more...]

Key Terms to Know in Early Intervention

December 2012Early intervention is full of terms that people constantly use in writing and in conversation, and it's important to know what those terms mean. NICHCY is pleased to provide this handy reference to early intervention terminology, and hopes it helps our readers quickly connect with the meaning of pivotal words and phrases in the field.Quick-Jump Index to the TermsPoint of Reference: Part C of IDEAConsentDevelopmental delayEarly intervention … [Read more...]

Early Intervention, Then and Now

December 2012Early intervention services are designed to address the developmental needs of eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities, ages birth to the third birthday, and their families. Early intervention is authorized by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).This page takes a summary look at early intervention systems in the United States, as follows:History of early interventionEarly intervention nowStatistics (including … [Read more...]

Providing Early Intervention Services in Natural Environments

December 2012 Early intervention services are to be provided in natural environments to the maximum extent appropriate for the child and for the EI service itself. So--what's considered a "natural environment"? What isn't? This webpage focuses upon answering these questions and on connecting you with resources of additional information and best practice. IDEA's definition of "natural environment" Who decides where? Based on what? What … [Read more...]

Subpart A of the Part C Regulations | General Provisions

If you’re looking for a summary of Part C's purposes and key definitions, try our Key Terms to Know in Early Intervention. The page you’re currently on gives you the exact words of the 2011 regulations for Part C of IDEA, without explanation or commentary. e-CFR Data is current as of November 14, 2012 Title 34: Education PART 303—EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS WITH DISABILITIES Contents Subpart A—General Purpose … [Read more...]

Subpart D of the Part C Regulations | Child Find, Evaluations and Assessments, and IFSPs

November 2012 If you’re looking for practical information, summaries, or how-to’s about evaluation, eligibility, or IFSPs, visit our Babies and Toddlers pages, where you’ll find what you’re looking for in abundance. The page you’re on right now gives you the exact words of Subpart D of the Part C regulations, without explanation or commentary. e-CFR Data is current as of November 14, 2012 Available online at GPO Access Title … [Read more...]

Subpart B of the Part C Regulations | State Eligibility and Requirements for a Statewide System

December 2012 If you’re looking for practical information, summaries, or how-to’s about early intervention in general, visit our Babies and Toddlers pages, where you’ll find what you’re looking for in abundance. The page you’re on right now gives you the exact words of Subpart B of the Part C regulations, which relate to "State Eligibility for a Grant and Requirements for a Statewide System," without explanation or commentary. e-CFR … [Read more...]

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