Implementing the IFSP:
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Early intervention supports and services for Nolan
and his family
Review the entire video clip about Nolan and his family from Just Being
Kids (each Local Infants and Toddlers Program in Maryland has a copy of
the video and facilitators manual). Nolan is almost three years old and
likes to read with his sister, play on the computer, and “drive” his
remote-controlled car. He has cerebral palsy with significant motor delays.
His parents, Ron and Kim, describe good times the family has and also
identify bath time as a routine they would like to make more enjoyable
for the entire family time.
After watching Nolan’s entire vignette, discuss how your Infants
and Toddlers Program could assist this family. In “real” life,
Lisa, a physical therapist, serves as a primary service provider for Nolan
and his family. Consider the following questions with colleagues and family
representatives (e.g. your family network coordinator and invited family
members from your program).
- What functional outcome has Ron and
Kim selected to work on with Nolan?
- How will the early intervention team know that they have achieved
this outcome? (Suggest measurable criteria this team might use to review
- What informal and formal family/child supports and services would be
helpful in assisting this family to reaching their outcome for Nolan?
- If formal early intervention supports/services from your Infants and
Toddlers program are desirable, who on the team has the expertise to
address this outcome?
- How does Lisa use her expertise to support Ron and Kim? What are her
suggestions for making bath time a more pleasurable experience for Nolan
and his family? What other strategies/suggestions might you suggest?
- How are key early development foundations (i.e., social interaction,
mastery of the environment and engagement in learning) addressed in this
outcome as well as suggested strategies?
- How frequently, and for how long will formal early intervention family/child
supports and services be provided?
- Where will family/child supports and services will be provided?
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