Kim Abbs Young Children With Special Needs Unit 3 Project I live in the state of Wisconsin. If I had a child with developmental delays I would go through an organization called Wisconsin Department of Health Services. This offers a wide variety of services such as counseling, in home services, and transportationi for the child. There is also a great organization called Wisconsin Ties. This organiztion helps to get you referred to the right people and connect you with other paretns of children with disabilities in our state.
However first I would like to take you through the process of finding out if your child has disabilities. A Child with developmental delays is generally a child that is developing much slower then other children their age. I would first contact a Child Find operation in your state. This organizatin conducts screenings to identify children who may need eraly intervention services. You would then get a service coordinator she will set up a multidisciplinary evaluation and assessment.
IDEA requires that your child receive a timely, comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation and assessment. The mulitidisciplinary evaluation tests the nature of your child’s strengths, delays, or difficulties and whether or not your child is eligible for early intervention services. The assessement side of it is used once you are found eligible for early intervention services. The assessment identifies your child’s unique strengths and needs, and determines what services are needed to meet those needs. Along with this the family’s needs will also be determined.
This will determine services the family may need to help meet all of the needs of their developmentally delayed child. After completing all of these steps a IFSP (Individual Family Support Plan) with be done. In the state of Wisconsin the following components must be included: Information about the child’s devbelopmetal status, including statements about the child’s present level of ability that are based on “prfessional acceptable objective criteria” Summaries of the evaluation and initial assessment of the child and reports of ongoing assessments.
A summary of family strengths, resources, concerns, and priorities realted to enhancing the child’s development (with paretns permission) A statement of the expected outcomes for the child and family, as identified by the IFSP team, and the criteria, procediures, and timelines to be used in determiningprogress towards those outcomes. The Early intervention services needed to reach the outcomes. The name of service coordinator. Steps taken to support family through transitions.
Provisions for ongoing review, evaluation, and when needed revision of plan. Justification of when early intervention cannot be achieved satisfactorily in a natural environment. www. waisman. wisc. edu Each state has their own regulations. This plan will ensure that not only the child but the family also gets all the support and services that they need. Other people that may be including in this plan may be parents, child development specialists, medical staff, counselors, social workers, and physical therapists.
With the knowledge and endless services this helps to ensure that every child with delays can be helped and families can be equipped to best help their children. This can be very little intervention to extreme intervention. These organiztion give families tools and ideas to better help their children with development. They can also provide referrals to specials schools and therapists. References: www. nichcy. org/pubs/parent/pa2txt. htm www. waisman. wisc. edu