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Concerns families may have during IFSP implementation

It is important to anticipate, and address as appropriate, concerns that family members may have while participating in an early intervention program. Early intervention providers can use four strategies to address a family’s concerns:

  1. Encourage family members to talk about any concerns;
  2. Listen, in order to understand and show respect for a family’s beliefs and traditions;
  3. Provide information, when available, to address concerns; and
  4. Offer to link families to parent-parent support networks, both in a Local Infants and Toddlers Program and through community support networks.

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. Some examples of concerns that may arise for parents during implementation of their IFSP:


  • I can’t communicate/don’t get along with the early intervention providers coming to help me with my child.
  • Confidentiality– who will see this information about my child? Will it also be included in his or her school records?
  • How are all these services and supports coordinated (especially for children with multiple challenges when different agencies are involved?)
  • The doctors/private therapists told me I should be getting a different kind of therapy.

Changing early intervention supports and services:

  • What if I change my mind about participating in the program? Can I withdraw?
  • When and how often will the IFSP be reviewed?
  • How easy is it to change early intervention outcomes and supports/services?


What comes next?

  • My child is almost 3 years old- we’re not ready to leave early intervention.
  • What is the difference between an IEP and an IFSP?




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