Your Child is on a Plan-Now What Happens? Advantages of the Educational Team Model
Your child has qualified for early intervention services. A n Your child’s services will provided in your home or in
Individual Family Service Plan, often called an IFSP, has another familiar location, such as daycare.
been written and the services for your child were identified.
The services may be provided by a variety of people. These Activities are carried out using toys and materials your
people, along with you, are members of your child’s team. child is comfortable with.
Understanding the Educational Team Model You will learn intervention techniques that can be
used in your daily routine. Using these activities
The educational team model is built on the idea that
throughout the day helps your child learn at a faster
people with different kinds of skills work together to rate.
meet the needs of your child.
One member of the team will help you with any
One of the first team members you met was the questions or concerns you may have. For your family
facilitator, generally a public health nurse, school that person is Cecily McGlynn. Her phone number is
social worker or early intervention teacher.
435-1909 and her email is email@example.com .
o Other members of the team were added based
You or your child may have other needs. Help that
on the needs of your child. These members will
may be available include parent educator, school
change as your child’s needs change.
social worker, county social worker, public health
nurse, vision and hearing teacher, behavior specialist,
All members of the team learn skills from the other
audiologist, autism resource specialist and assistive
members. When working with your child, each person technology specialist.
is helps your child use all the skills needed to learn
and grow. This model focuses on the development of
the whole child. Shared Knowledge of the Professional Staff
In contrast, the medical model often consists of All of your team members are skilled professionals
therapists working on specific areas of development, experienced in working with young children. The shared
(such as how to move or speak) and providing knowledge of your team members cover all the areas of how
treatment in those areas. young children play, move, eat, talk, listen and explore in
Both of these models may be needed for your child to grow
and learn. They each have a different way of meeting your
Special Knowledge of the Team Members
The special knowledge of team members may include any of Working as a Team to Better Serve
Infants and Toddlers Through
Early Intervention Teacher: Understands how young Early Intervention
children communicate, play and explore their
environment as a part of early learning .
Occupational Therapist: Understands how young
children use their hands and muscles while exploring
their environment. They can help with feeding
difficulties, hand splinting or special toys.
Physical Therapist: Understands how young children
use muscles and movement for learning. They can
help if wheelchairs and standers, or bracing and gait-
training are needed.
Speech Language Pathologist: Understands how
young children learn to talk. They can help with
special equipment when a child may need support in
learning to communicate.
Others: Other specialists may be added to the team,
depending on your child’s needs. The role of these
people will be explained to you as their services are
Parent: Understands their child best. Parents work
with other team members to plan the right program for
their child. They are also their child’s first teacher. Early Intervention services are
They can give their child practice with learning provided through
your local school district and the
activities during daily routines. Area Special Education
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