Issue #26: Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

The January issue of NASET's Educating Children with Severe Disabilities series will cover the following topic:

Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

The following Power Point will describe the Individual Family Service Plan procedures (IFSP) used with early intervention. The IFSP is a written treatment plan that maps out the EI services that a child will receive, as well as how and when these services will be administered. It details a child’s current levels of functioning, specific needs and goals for treatment (referred to as outcomes).

The IFSP takes a family-based approach to services, due to the central concept that supporting a child’s family lends itself to supporting the child. This means that the IFSP is developed with input from the child’s entire family, and it includes features that are designed to support the entire family.

Although IDEA is a federal law, each state implements its own EI programs. Specific regulations and procedures vary from state to state; the required time frames for implementing the IFSP can differ, for example. Check with your state education agency for more information on state-specific procedures regarding the IFSP.

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