Making a plan for your child : IFSP considerations for children who are deaf and hard of hearing
Corporate Authors:National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (U.S.). Division of Human Development and Disability
Description:This document is designed to guide conversations between you and your Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) team as you address the unique communication considerations for your child.
[You will hear a number of new terms as you build your IFSP. Some of them are bold and blue and included in a glossary at the end of this document.]
The Individualized Family Service Plan is developed by you and your early intervention providers working together to support your child’s healthy development. This is an ongoing process. It begins when your child is referred to Part C early intervention services and it continues through your child’s transition out of early intervention by the time he or she is 3 years of age (in most states). The key to achieving your vision for your child’s future is your continuing work as an empowered parent. As you provide information, you are the driving force to help others see the unique communication needs of your child. The best way to produce successful outcomes for your child is to combine your effort as a deeply invested parent with the help of a responsive, qualified team of early interventionists.
There are many resources available to ground you in the basic IFSP process. The IFSP process includes tasks like deciding who should be at the meeting, writing appropriate functional outcomes, or developing strategies, etc. Hearing loss is considered a “low incidence disability”. So, often it is up to the parent to ensure that important topics are addressed. These include language, communication choices, access to support, and other considerations unique to hearing loss. This document focuses on things you and your early intervention providers will want to discuss as a team.
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