ERIC Number: ED412692
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep-30
Reference Count: N/A
Bridging Early Services Transition Project--Outreach July, 1993 - June, 1997. Final Report.
Rosenkoetter, Sharon; Shotts, Cynthia
This report discusses the outcomes of a project designed to help young children with special needs and their families prepare for and adjust to new service settings. The Bridging Early Service Transition (BEST) Project has helped administrators, service providers, and families plan and coordinate transitions for young children with disabilities or at-risk conditions. The program model contains adaptations for different types of transition in communities of various sizes, for children of different ages and with different types of special needs, and for families with diverse resources and histories of participation. BEST emphasizes advance planning and communication between the sending and receiving program and the home. It also offers opportunities for family members to become involved as active participators in their child's transition. The model includes formats for: (1) local interagency needs assessments; (2) interagency agreements; (3) communicating between families and service providers; (4) family partnership in decision-making; (5) constructing interagency and intragency transition timelines; (6) building within the Individualized Family Service Plan a transition timeline for each child; (7) identifying local agencies for referral; (8) preparing the child for changes in program and personnel; (9) systems change to incorporate more options for inclusive services; and (10) evaluation of transition procedures. (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Associated Colleges of Central Kansas, McPherson.