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Application 3.2:
Addressing concerns families may about implementing an IFSP

Reflect on the following concerns (often unspoken) families may have and draft possible responses that families would find helpful. Review any information sheets or Frequently Asked Questions for families that may be available in your Infants and Toddlers program. It is recommended that family members, early intervention providers and administrators work together to draft responses that are family-friendly and reflect program policies. Use this opportunity to ask family members, advocates, and family support coordinators about other concerns families may have, and draft responses to these questions also.

Concerns families may have:


  • 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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