ERIC Number: ED350734
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
Infant Follow Along Program: A Computer Assisted Child Find System Using Parent Completed Questionnaires.
The Infant Follow Along Program (IFAP) is an interagency effort to improve the identification of infants and toddlers who may experience health or developmental problems because of medical or environmental risk factors. The program also facilitates data collection and referral for services for infants and families. The program is in use in an 18-county area in southwestern Minnesota. Families are given the opportunity to enroll in the program when a child or his family exhibits risk indicators. Infants and toddlers are enrolled through a variety of community agencies including hospitals, managing agencies, interagency early intervention committees, and family members. The program has two components: (1) a home visit by a nurse from the managing agency; and (2) a long-term follow up using parent-completed questionnaires with feedback from the managing agency. An Infant/Child Monitoring Questionnaire (ICMQ) is mailed to parents when their child reaches 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, and 36 months of age. Parents complete and return the ICMQ to the managing agency. It is scored and the results shared with the child's parents and physician. If the ICMQ scores are questionable, the child is referred for further evaluation or services. The compilation of IFAP data and the mailing of the questionnaires is facilitated by computer software. This report describes program development, program evaluation, the computer software used, and demographic data. A sample ICMQ for a 16-month-old girl is appended. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwest/West Central Educational Cooperative Service Units, Marshall, MN.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota