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Concerns families may have while developing an IFSP
important to anticipate, and address as appropriate, concerns that family
members may have during the development of their IFSP. Many questions
related to a child’s rate of development and future independence cannot be answered
completely during a child’s first few years. Keep in mind that some
parents may not feel comfortable asking the following questions or talking
about concerns that they are only beginning to think about, particularly
with early intervention providers they have just met. When family concerns
early intervention providers can:
- Encourage family members to talk about what is on their minds;
- Listen, before making suggestions, in order to understand and show
respect for a family’s beliefs and values;
- Provide information, as appropriate, to address specific concerns;
- Review with families their informal support networks; and
- Offer to link families to formal support networks, such as parent-parent
programs through a local infants and toddlers program or other organizations.
Some examples of concerns that may arise as parents think about desired
outcomes for themselves and their child:
About a child’s development….
- Will my child ever be able to …..?
- Why isn’t my child developing like other children?
- I don’t know what my child can do.
- I’m not sure about my child’s diagnosis, so why do all
About participating in early intervention…
- Will this help me/my family cope, learn what to do about……?
- What if all this doesn’t help my child to ….?
- I don’t know if I accept the results of my child’s evaluation/assessment.
- What assurance is there that this approach will make a difference?
About schedules, services and supports…
- I want more/less time/services for my child.
- There are too many /not enough people coming to my home.
- I/my partner work and aren’t home during the day.
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