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Early Intervention in NJ
Early Intervention is used to describe the services and supports that are available to babies and young children with developmental delays and/or disabilities and their families.
Services may include developmental intervention, speech, physical or occupational therapies or other services based on the individual need of the child and family.
NJEIS uses a coaching and collaborative model. Families and Early Intervention Providers work together as a team, prioritizing what is important to the family in meeting their child’s developmental needs.
A Team Approach
Developmental intervention helps families and early intervention practitioners implement child focused services through a team approach that facilitates development within natural settings and routines and in the context of meaningful relationships. Families, Early Intervention Practitioners, Service Coordinators, and designated Community Agencies can work together as a team to meet the child and family’s needs and support each child’s growth and development.
What to expect
Early Intervention recognizes and respects the central and important role of the family in their child’s life. The mission of Early Intervention is to assist the family in meeting the developmental outcomes for their child. Families and practitioners work together to implement these activities. Developmental Intervention is not limited to just these activities. Discipline therapy(ies) may or may not be included as part of the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).
Promote a positive parent-child relationship as the core of intervention efforts.
Identify activities and daily routines which can be utilized as learning opportunities for the
Finding opportunities in everyday places where children live, learn and play, such as the playground, home, and libraries, using materials that are interesting to the child to promote his/her acquisition of a variety of skills.
Networking with and providing consultation to community providers and friends that the family chooses.
The IFSP team monitors progress toward meeting developmental outcomes
Coordinate the intervention activities that are provided within the IFSP.
See What an Early Intervention Session Might Look Like
Individualized Family Service Plan
An Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is designed by the IFSP team. Team members include the family, whomever the family wants to invite, the service coordinator, the evaluator or practitioner.
The team reviews the family’s concerns, priorities and resources, while at the same time reviews the child’s developmental levels. Together the team creates child and/or family outcomes including strategies and ideas to meet those priorities.
Steps that lead to the IFSP:
SPOE - System Point Of Entry
Call 1-888- 653-4463 to make a referral
Targeted Evaluation Team (TET)
Service Coordination (SC)
Each family is assigned a SC. Conducts the FDA
Family Directed Assessment (FDA) The FDA is a semi-structured interview tool for gathering information about a child and family's daily routines & priorities. It provides the blueprint for the IFSP development
Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) The IFSP is a written plan of supports and services developed by the IFSP team to meet the child and/or outcomes of t
Periodic and Annual Reviews
Periodic reviews are held to determine if any progress has been made toward outcomes and if modifications to outcomes or services are needed in the IFSP. Annual Reviews are similar to periodic reviews, except it is also to determine continued eligibility.
The Importance of Play
Play is a vital piece of child development. It’s through play that children learn rules and what is expected of them. Playing also helps your child learn social and motor skills and cognitive thinking. Play also helps your child to develop language and socialization skills. It allows children to
learn to communicate emotions, to think, be creative and solve problems. In short, it’s needed for the healthy development for your child.
Helpful Links on the Importance of Play
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