Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
To get the educational support you need for your child, your state will use an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IFSP guides the early intervention process for children with disabilities and their families, ensuring the child’s services are in line with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The IFSP is both a plan and a process. The plan is a written document that identifies the outcomes, services and supports needed for the child and family. The process includes ongoing assessment to gather, share and exchange information between the family and the early intervention practitioners to help parents make informed choices about early intervention services, i.e. speech therapy or occupational therapy, for the child and family.
In order for the child to receive services, the parent must consent to the IFSP. Consent can be withdrawn at any time.
The IFSP is reviewed every six months or more frequently, if appropriate. Parents must participate in an annual IFSP meeting to review their child’s plan and outcomes each year to determine if any plan changes are needed.
The IFSP contains the following components:
A statement about the child’s functioning levels of development, based on the evaluation and assessment
The frequency, location, provider and duration of these services
How much it will cost to deliver these services
How the costs will be covered
It isn’t enough to simply be aware that you need guidance to transition successfully from high school to the next phase of young adulthood; concrete action steps must be taken to guide and prepare you for college, a career and independent living.
Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County – Building community-wide commitment for comprehensive, high-quality early learning environments that benefit the children and families of Palm Beach County.
Easter Seals Igoe-Amar Child Development Center– West Palm Beach is a rich learning environment that will stimulate your child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth and development for children with disabilities in Palm Beach County.
PediPec – is a non-residential facility available for up to 12 hours a day for children who require skilled nursing intervention. Children age twenty years and younger may be eligible for PPEC services which are covered by Medicaid and many private insurance companies. PPEC services are prescribed by a physician and can be used instead of, or in conjunction with, private duty nursing. We offer physical, occupational, respiratory and speech therapies. Transportation to and from Pedi Pec is provided by Medicaid.