Step Ahead at Age 3: A Guide for Families in Wisconsin

Ann H. Hains, Sue Robbins

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Summary:

This booklet is designed for families to use in making decisions pertaining to their children with disabilities' transitions from Birth to Three services to early childhood exceptional education, head start, and other child care programs. Tips and checklists are provided for transition meetings, evaluation, multidisciplinary team meetings, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings, and the process of putting the IEP into action, as well as general developmental checklists and tips on questions parents and children may have throughout the process of change into new programs and services. 

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Bibliographic Information:

Ann H. Hains, Sue Robbins. Step Ahead at Age 3: A Guide for Families in Wisconsin (1995). Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services : Birth to Three Program: Madison, WI. (16 pages).

Sponsoring Agency: Wisconsin Dept of Health and Family Services

Language: English

Reading Level: Average

Formats Available: Printed Material

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(Available at no charge )

Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services : Birth to Three Program
1 West Wilson Street
P.O. Box 7851
1 West Wilson Street, P.O. Box 7851
Madison, WI
53707

Phone: (800) 642-7837

Languages Available: English, Spanish

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Intended User Audience:

The Step Ahead at Age 3 manual is written primarily for parents and family members, and it is also useful for service delivery personnel working in early intervention or early childhood special education settings and service coordinators (all disciplines).

There is no specific cultural or linguistic group identified. The intended audience is the families of Wisconsin.
 

Product Development:

The Wisconsin Step Ahead was developed by the Wisconsin Bridging Early Services Transition Project Planning Committee; a state-level committee which included lead agency representatives, program administrators, service providers, and parents. A subcontract from an Early Education Program for Children with Disabilities (EEPCD) outreach grant awarded to the Associated Colleges of Central Kansas provided Wisconsin with initial funds to develop the manual. Additional funding and support was received from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Administrators, parents, faculty/trainers, service delivery personnel, and state lead agency representative all participated in the development of the manual. The developers had European American backgrounds. 

Product Evaluation:

Evaluation occurred at workshops given throughout the state of Wisconsin. Parents, service delivery personnel, and administrators who attended these workshops rated the usefulness of the materials. Evaluations were received from personnel representing the fields of early intervention and early childhood special education, occupational therapy, social work, physical therapy, and speech pathology. Ninety-two percent of the evaluations were completed by European Americans, 5% by African Americans, 2% by Hispanic/Latino backgrounds, and 1% by Native Americans. Evaluation results are available in the First Step Final Report to OSEP. 

Product Dissemination:

7,000 Step Ahead at Age 3 manuals have been disseminated. All parents in Birth to Three Programs in Wisconsin's 72 counties have received copies from 1995 to the present. Service coordinators use them in conjunction with families. 

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