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Advocacy – Early Years

2019-10-28T10:56:15-04:00

ADVOCACY Sometimes you can do it alone; sometimes you need guidance and expertise in order to get the job done right. Filing your child’s Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or transitioning to an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a process that may require professional assistance. Negotiating the best educational plan for your

Early Identification

2019-09-23T19:28:36-04:00

EARLY IDENTIFICATION From the day a child is born, he/she will begin to achieve various milestones. As your child develops and grows, it is critical to remember that each child is different from one another. There is a wide range of what is considered to be “typical” development. As a parent, you

Common Diagnoses

2019-09-23T19:30:14-04:00

COMMON DIAGNOSES “Diagnosis /di·ag·no·sis/ (di″ag-no´sis) the determination of the nature of a case of a disease or the distinguishing of one disease from another.” – Dorland's Medical Dictionary for Health Consumers. © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. Diagnoses describe a group of symptoms or behaviors. However,  since every individual

Parent Support Services

2019-10-28T11:25:51-04:00Tags: |

PARENT SUPPORT SERVICES As a parent, it is not easy to suddenly be dependent on the advice of others to raise your child. However, since there are so many treatment options, it can help to have the advice, experience and support of a team that you trust and who will be patient

Early Intervention

2019-10-28T11:07:16-04:00Tags: |

EARLY  INTERVENTION Early Childhood Intervention means finding specific ways to help a child become as functional as possible. The first step of early intervention is evaluation. Once a child is evaluated, he/she can receive the appropriate type of treatment that he/she needs. Sometimes, getting your child help at an early age can enable

Health Services

2019-09-16T12:59:52-04:00Tags: |

HEALTH SERVICES Developmental interventions, or “health services,” are provided to families who have a child or children that have been identified as having a developmental delay. To get health services, the state will use an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individualized Education Program (IEP). Discipline-specific therapies and family support services are

Legal Resources

2019-09-16T13:04:21-04:00Tags: |

LEGAL RESOURCES As a parent of a child with a developmental disability, you are entitled to certain services provided in a voluntary, nondiscriminatory manner. These rights include the right to be evaluated, the right to be involved and informed and the right to consent. In some situations, a parent

Financial Resources

2019-10-28T12:23:03-04:00Tags: |

FINANCIAL RESOURCES Having a child with special needs can be very expensive and time-consuming. Fortunately, there are funds available to help families pay for the many services needed. It is also important to put certain pieces in place to ensure that if anything happens to you, your child with

Behavior Management

2019-09-05T12:22:22-04:00Tags: |

BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT All children use behavior as a way of getting their needs met. In children with special needs, delays in language, social skills and self-help skills may result in various behavioral challenges. If your child has a difficult time communicating his or her needs or wants, s/he may act out with

Childcare

2019-10-28T12:25:09-04:00Tags: |

CHILDCARE By law, if your child qualifies under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), he/she is entitled to special instruction and related services in his/her preschool through your state. The Preschool Services program in your state ensures the provision of a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to