Having a baby is one of the most exciting, joyous and intense experiences a family can have! Parents wait anxiously for the birth of their baby and hope to have a healthy child. They watch their baby’s development with awe and wonder. However, some babies experience delays in their development and this can be a very difficult time for parents.
Minnesota’s Infant and Toddler Intervention services are designed for children birth to three years of age who may be experiencing delays in their development for a variety of reasons, including special health conditions. Services are designed to meet the unique needs of each child and their family. Accessing these services as early as possible will ensure the best developmental outcomes for the child. These services are offered at no cost to the family.
Parents can call 1-866-693-GROW (4769) if they have questions or concerns about their child’s development. Visit the Parents know website to make a referral.
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Once your child is found eligible for Help Me Grow Infant and Toddler Intervention services, the first step will be developing a service plan for your child and your family.
The Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is a written plan for providing early intervention services to you and your child until their third birthday.
The plan is developed by a team including you, your service coordinator, the team of evaluation/assessors, individuals you want at the meeting (other family members or advocates), and professionals who understand your child’s developmental needs. Developing the plan is a process aimed at providing you with skills and resources to help your child grow and develop. Based upon all the information that was gathered during the evaluation and assessment process of your child and your voluntary family information, you will work with the team to identify your priorities for your child for the next year. Service that align with these priorities will be designed to meet your child’s needs. Remember, you are a very important part of the team and will help make decisions about your child’s and family’s services.
The IFSP will contain information about your child’s development, relevant family information if you wish it to be included, the results or outcomes that you and the team are trying to achieve, dates and length of services that are required to meet those needs. These services are to be provided in locations where your child typically spends their day (natural environment). You are very important to your child and the goal of the infant and toddler intervention services is to help you help your child learn and develop. Very young children do not learn by having a one hour visit from an educator every week. Therefore, intervention services are provided in the child’s natural environment so that you or other adult caregivers can learn how to support your child’s development and growth throughout the remainder of the week.
Your family will be assigned a service coordinator who will convene the IFSP meeting and help you learn about other services and resources that your child or family may need. Your child may receive one or more of the following services: assistive technology, audiology, counseling and home visits, family training, health services, medical services (diagnostic only), nursing services, nutrition services, service coordination, sign language and cured language services, social work, special instruction, speech-language pathology, transportation, vision services and other services as necessary and appropriate.
A review of the IFSP will be held every six months (or more frequently if requested). The review will enable you and the team to determine how much progress your child has made toward achieving the outcomes originally created on the IFSP and whether any changes or adjustments to the outcomes or services are necessary. We know that young children grow and change, so an annual IFSP meeting will be conducted every year to evaluate your child’s progress and service needs. The IFSP may be revised to reflect new developmental needs