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ERIC Number: ED359010
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Early Intervention in Rural Northern Arizona.
Lenz, Diane; Contrucci, Linda
This report describes an outreach program that provides service coordination and home-based early intervention for disabled infants and toddlers on the Navajo and Hopi reservations in Arizona. Developed by the Institute for Human Development (IHD), the outreach program uses paraprofessional instructional aides that are based in six northern Arizona reservation communities and speak the language of the communities they serve. IHD's paraprofessional model contains the following elements: (1) hiring and training local paraprofessional instructional aides who are familiar with the local culture, speak the local language, and are recognized and trusted; (2) identifying and evaluating children with disabilities within a 60-mile radius of the aide's home community, and forwarding referrals to the Division of Developmental Disabilities for confirmation of eligibility; (3) learning about specific resources in each community; and (4) encouraging local agencies to take over programs started by IHD and supporting new locally-administered programs with staff training and technical assistance. When a child is eligible for services, an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is developed that addresses the needs of both the child and the family. The annual IFSP is a team effort of parents, the paraprofessional aide, the IHD early intervention specialist, a case manager from the state agency, consulting therapists, and any others involved in the child's case. IHD also assists families with the transition from early intervention services to preschool programs. Advantages of this paraprofessional model are listed. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona