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new here, early intervention question.

Posted by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 4:38 PM
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We don't have a diagnosis yet, but my son is being evaluated for Autism and in the mean time Early Intervention evaluated him for therapy. We just found out he will receive speech and special education.

He is 2, does anyone know what exactly the special education is?
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iamadramamomma
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 5:27 PM
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That is wonderful that he can receive speech at his age.......not to sure about the sp Ed but call and ask them what it consits of I am sure they will explain it to you good luck

mypbandj
by Jen on Feb. 5, 2013 at 5:28 PM
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They will write an individualized Family Servic Plan (IFSP) and you will pick out a goal for him. Everything will focus around that. I know that my state is moving towards the Coaching model - to try and involve the parents more.
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DyerMaker
by Bronze Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 5:30 PM

I would ask what hey define as special education. My son started out with speech therapy at 17 months, then at age 3 went to special education preschool. 

bigmessylife
by Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 5:30 PM
Quoting mypbandj:

They will write an individualized Family Servic Plan (IFSP) and you will pick out a goal for him. Everything will focus around that. I know that my state is moving towards the Coaching model - to try and involve the parents more.



Thank you. My husband took the call so I didn't know anything other than what therapy he's getting and that we have a meeting on the 12th with EI and the 13th with the school system.
bigmessylife
by Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 5:32 PM
Quoting DyerMaker:

I would ask what hey define as special education. My son started out with speech therapy at 17 months, then at age 3 went to special education preschool. 




That makes sense. He can start preschool in September and we are supposed to meet with the school system in a few days.
iamadramamomma
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 5:32 PM

They have so many new things out nowadays I think it's great and yes defintily ask them what it consits of and ask them that you want all the information everything they have to give it you....pm me if you want to talk

dawncs
by Dawn on Feb. 5, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Special Education (http://www.wrightslaw.com/) refers to teachers trained in college and certified by the state to work with disabled children like your son. There are different categories of Special Education certification including Autism. It is totally free to the parents, and it is available through your local school district or a neighboring schol district if they fit your child's learning needs more than your local school district could give your son. It operates on the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) principal which is the best classroom placement based on your child's unique learning needs. It is funded by federal, state, and school district tax dollars. You might want to read more about Autism and find local support groups through Autism Society (http://www.autism-society.org/), Easter Seals (http://www.easterseals.org/), and Autism Speaks (http://www.autismspeaks.org/). You can also find recreational activities for your son through Special Olympics (http://www.specialolympics.org/), Variety Club (http://www.usvariety.org/), and TheARC (http://www.thearc.org/).

Dawn
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mypbandj
by Jen on Feb. 5, 2013 at 6:05 PM
Ok, I see. We are in a similar situation. EI has to transition kiddos from Part C (EI) to Part B (preschool) within 100 days of their birthday. So in our case, we have qualified for part b and will receive those till he's 3. But if the preschool qualifies him before that (he will be evaluated by them at 34 months) then we will go ahead and switch to part c then. But that's just how this school district interprets the law. All the others in town won't start part c till the kids have turned 3.
So we've already met with EI but will meet with the school on the 19th.


Quoting bigmessylife:

Quoting mypbandj:

They will write an individualized Family Servic Plan (IFSP) and you will pick out a goal for him. Everything will focus around that. I know that my state is moving towards the Coaching model - to try and involve the parents more.





Thank you. My husband took the call so I didn't know anything other than what therapy he's getting and that we have a meeting on the 12th with EI and the 13th with the school system.
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humbledmom310
by Kelly on Feb. 5, 2013 at 7:18 PM

When my children went through EI they were provided with private OT and speech therapy. They were also referred to a county program called the "Me Too Program". This was a program ran by a special Education teacher for toddlers up to 3 years old. It consisted of a once a week "one to one" session with the teacher for an hour an a half. She worked with them on my children's areas of need which included , communication, sensory play, beginning academics.. basically she taught us ways to engage with our children and helped to support the speech and OT services we were receiving.

They also attended a toddler group ran by the same teacher once a week for 2 hours. There was 3-5 children in the group and it was set up like a mini preschool. They had circle time, free play, outside time, snack, and Art. She incorporated visual tools to help the children adjust to a more structured school environment.

This program was very beneficial when my children graduated from EI and was referred to a preschool program through the school system. This teacher provided all of the evaluations needed , which was great because she knew my boys very well and the evaluation was very specific and articulate to their individual needs. These evaluations helped immensely when creating the initial IEP .

darbyakeep45
by Darby on Feb. 6, 2013 at 6:53 AM

This.  Good luck mama!  Keep us posted:)

Quoting mypbandj:

They will write an individualized Family Servic Plan (IFSP) and you will pick out a goal for him. Everything will focus around that. I know that my state is moving towards the Coaching model - to try and involve the parents more.


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