Working Through the IFSP Process

Topics covered in this course include: an introduction to child development; screening, evaluation and assessment; writing functional outcomes; working in natural environments for families; and selecting and developing interventions.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the differences among typical child development, developmental delays, and developmental differences.
  • Describe Early Start evaluation and assessment requirements and recommended practices.
  • Write a functional outcome statement that is measurable and meaningful.
  • Describe the delivery and benefits of services in natural environments for families.
  • Identify intervention strategies based on the assessed needs of a child and the natural environments and resources of the child’s family.

Topics Covered

Topic 1: Child Development

  • Early brain development
  • Developmental domains and stages
  • Developmental differences and delays
  • Levels of intervention
  • Risks and protective factors

Topic 2: Screening, Evaluation, and Assessment

  • Assessment team members
  • Definitions: screening, evaluation, assessment
  • Components of a comprehensive assessment
  • Family assessment
  • Assessment tools
  • Communicating about assessment results

Topic 3: Creating Functional Outcomes

  • What is an outcome?
  • Child and family outcomes
  • Required outcome components
  • Functional outcomes
  • SMART outcome statements

Topic 4: Natural Environments for Families

  • Natural environments: everyday routines, relationships, activities, places, and partnerships
  • Requirements and principles
  • Benefits of providing services in natural environments of children and families

Topic 5: Selecting and Developing Interventions

  • Factors to consider in selecting and developing interventions
  • Integrating assessment results to determine services
  • Service approaches: relationship-based, play-based, natural learning opportunities
  • Providing services through coaching
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