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IFSP Tutorial - Evaluation and Assessment

Planning with Families for Evaluation and Assessment:

Essential Content of Planning with Families

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Key partners and their responsibilities

The key partners in planning, and carrying out, evaluation and assessment are:

The Interim service coordinator is responsible for initiating a planning discussion with parents. This includes securing a parent's/guardian's consent to participate in evaluation and assessment procedures, and prompting family members to talk about their desires and concerns related to both their child's development and participation in daily life activities.

Qualified personnel, before they facilitate a child's evaluation and assessment, should understand what questions family members may have and in which settings they would like their child to participate. Qualified personnel should understand a family's perspective, either because they were part of the planning conversation, or were briefed by colleagues who participated in it.

Parents and other family members can reflect on the interim service coordinator's questions and prompts to share information about their priorities and concerns for their child. This information will guide early intervention providers and the interim service coordinator to plan a meaningful evaluation and assessment to determine a child's eligibility for the Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program, and plan for any family services/supports related to enhancing a child's development and participation in family life.




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