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ERIC Number: EJ788744
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1096-2506
Writing Individualized Family Service Plan Strategies that Fit into the ROUTINE
Jung, Lee Ann
Young Exceptional Children, v10 n3 p2-9 2007
The individualized family service plan (IFSP) is the cornerstone document that guides supports for infants and toddlers receiving early intervention through Part C of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The outcomes included on the IFSP reflect what everyone in the child's life values as important for the child right now. The strategies developed to address the outcomes on the IFSP direct interventionists, family members, and caregivers on how to achieve these outcomes. Unfortunately, researchers have found that many of the strategies presented on IFSP documents are inconsistent with family routines, are written using professional jargon, and sometimes do not relate to the identified outcome or a family-defined priority. The purpose of this article is to present an organizing framework to assist infant/toddler early intervention teams in writing strategies that reflect recommended practice and can be used in the context of daily family routines. Specifically, a set of seven critical concepts that can guide teams as they write strategies for achieving identified outcomes on the IFSP are presented. The acronym, ROUTINE, which stands for Routines based, Outcome related, Understandable, Transdisciplinary, Implemented by family and caregivers, Nonjudgmental, and Evidence based, has been developed to aid in remembering the seven concepts. This article describes each of the seven concepts in ROUTINE and provides illustrations of the concepts in action. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C