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Steps of Early Intervention
Anyone having concerns about your child may refer him or her to Infant Toddler Services of Wyandotte County (ITSWC) to determine if early intervention services would be beneficial. Referrals may be made to our program by a phone call, fax, in writing or in person. When the referral is received, the Intake Coordinator will contact you to assist your family.
2. Initial Contact
During your initial contacts with the Intake Coordinator, you will be asked about your child, his or her development and medical history. You will also be asked about your child’s play, interests and routines, and about the supports (grandparents, church, neighbors, etc) your family has.
3. Evaluation & Assessment
In order to determine if your child will benefit from early intervention services, an evaluation needs to be completed with your child and family. The information gathered will show us your child’s strengths and any areas of development that might benefit from early intervention support. This evaluation will determine if your child is eligible for early intervention services.
4. Individualized Family Service Plan
Once your child is determined eligible for early intervention services, a service coordinator will work with you to create an IFSP. Creation of the initial IFSP must occur within 45 days of the referral. Outcomes for your child and family will be written based on the identified priorities for your child and family.
5. Delivery of Service
Your child will receive early intervention services as outlined in the IFSP at no cost to you. Services will be provided in the home and/or where your child spends the day. One early interventionist will be selected as your child’s primary provider, with a team providing support via team meetings and joint visits.
6. IFSP Review
As the needs of your child and family change, early intervention services and supports may need to change as well. The IFSP will be reviewed at least every six months to make sure it still fits the needs and priorities of your child and family. You may request an update or review of your IFSP at any time.
Children transition out of early intervention services when they are no longer eligible or when they turn three years of age. Transition plans are outlined in the IFSP.