Assessment to IFSP: The Family-Centered Journey

Mette Pedersen, Carla Arnold, Leau Phillips

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This packet for early childhood special educators in New Mexico is the second in a series of recommended practices packets designed to help describe the best ways in which services can be delivered to families and young children with disabilities. It attempts to develop a framework that recognizes the uniqueness of each family and of each child's environment. In addition, it seeks to prepare the provider to see assessment, the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), program planning, intervention, and program evaluation as parts of an interdependent process which service the needs of children and families. Assessment and IFSP development is viewed in this document as an inter-related process. Experiences of families are provided, along with suggestions for staff development and self-awareness. One family's journey is highlighted throughout the packet and describes the story of a family traveling through the early intervention system. Specific sections of the packet address: (1) assessment to the IFSP; (2) the components of the IFSP and who writes the IFSP; (3) the IFSP meeting, gathering information to develop outcomes in a family sensitive way, and specific information that is needed in the review; and (4) the role of the service coordinator. (Contains 23 references.) 

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Mette Pedersen, Carla Arnold, Leau Phillips. Assessment to IFSP: The Family-Centered Journey (1998). Center for Development and Disability [Early Childhood Division]: Albuquerque, NM. (202 pages).

Sponsoring Agency: Long Term Services Division, Department of Health, State of New Mexico

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Formats Available: Printed Material

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Center for Development and Disability [Early Childhood Division]
2300 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM
87107

Phone: (505) 272-2756
Fax: (505) 272-0277

Email: cdd@unm.edu
URL: http://cdd.unm.edu/

Languages Available: English

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