Transition from an IFSP to an IEP

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Transitioning from an IFSP to an IEP

What's the difference between an IFSP and an IEP?-Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is awritten document specified in the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) to aid in the implementation of early intervention services for children from birth to age 3 and their families. It is developed through collaborative interchanges between families and the professional involveld in assessment and service delivery.-Individualized Education Program (IEP) is also mandated by IDEA but is a child-centered plan aimed at the educational success of a child. It is developed by teachers, parents, special needs coordinators, speech and OT therapists to determine the strenths, weaknesses, goals, objectives, and outcomes of a child's academic career.

Don't Worry! Everyone is on your side. The main difference from before to now, is that we want your child to succeed to the best of his ability in both academics and social interactions. Nothing is set in stone without your agreement.

Required documents of an IEP-statement of child's present strengths and levels of academic achievement and the functional performance including how the disability affects involvement and progress in the general education curriculum-statement of measurable annual goals based on child's strengths and levels of performance. Goals must include academic and functional goals. Short term objectives are required iif child has significant cognitive delays-statement of specific special education and related services and supplemental aids to be provided to the child and a statement of the program modifications or supports for school personnel that will be provided-an explanation of the extent, if any, that hte hcild will not participate with nondisabled children in the regular class-the projected dated for initiation of services and the anticipated frequency, location, and duration of services-the appropriate objective criteria and evaluation procedures to measure progress toward the annual goals-specific plans for provision of smooth transition into kindergarten-articulation of how families will be involved and the type and frequency of communication regarding the child's progress. Progress must be reported at least four times a year.

Required Documents of IFSP-statement of child's present levels of physical, cognitive, communication, social/emotional, and adaptive development-statement of family's resources, priorities, and concerns related to development of child-statement of measurable results to be achieved by child/family-statement of specific early intervention services-statement of natural environements in which early intervention services shall take place-projected dates for initiation of services and the anticipated length, duration, and frequency-name of service coordinator who will be responsible for the implementation of the IFSP-steps or services to be taken to support the transition of the child, on reaching age 3, to the next program

Purposes and Limitations of IEP-Annual goals included in the IEP describe what the child can be expected to accomplish within a specified period (usually one school year)-Parents can updatre and change IEPs without the entire IEP team (must have someone from school)-IEP is NOT detailed enough to be used as a complete instructional plan-Focuses attention and teaching efforts to prioritzed needs-IEP is basis for the development of a detailed, individualized instructional program which could include social development, gross and fine motor skills, cognitive development, and academic readiness

My promise to you:-I promise to plan ahead for adequate planning and preparation (legally, planning should begin when your child is 2 years 6 months old, and be finished in 3 months)-I promise to give you any and all transitional information explaining every step of the process-I promise to listen, be considerate and respectful of your culture, needs, and expectations in a non-judgemental environment-I promise to make your child's environment as safe and friendly as possible-I promise to be available for questions, visits, observations, etc.-I promise to do all that I can for your child to the best of my ability-

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