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Infant Toddler Development Training
Module 5, Lesson 4

Activity #1

Go to the Resource Bank to access the document Planning Worksheet for an IFSP Meeting.

Re-read the scenario on pages 5 and 6 about Kim and her family in Our Journey with Families: Service Delivery in Natural Environments in Rural Areas Imagine that you are planning an initial IFSP meeting with Isabel and Ramon, Kim's parents, and complete the worksheet based upon what you have learned in this lesson about planning meetings. Keep in mind the rural setting in which they live. Does this have an impact on planning?

Activity #2

Access the Resource Bank to read the Simpson Scenario This scenario illustrates what might happen if family concerns, priorities and resources aren't truly addressed by professionals and how poor communication impedes the process of building partnerships. Think about how things might have gone differently if Ms. Simpson had been considered a true partner in the process.

Answer the following questions:

  1. What do you think Ms. Simpson wants for her son?
  2. What do you think the Service Coordinator, Mrs. Jones, hopes for Brian?
  3. Is Ms. Simpson in a partnership with Mrs. Jones and the other professionals working with Brian? What would need to change to make it a true partnership?
  4. What assumptions about Ms. Simpson need to change?
  5. What should happen at the IFSP meeting?

Lesson 4 Highlights

group of girls with teddy bearsThis lesson took an in-depth look at team meetings and the role of members on the team. Using an IFSP meeting as a sample, the process of preparing for a meeting was discussed. The components crucial to the success of a team meeting were examined as well as strategies to assure both families and other professionals come prepared to utilize the meeting time efficiently and effectively. Family support networks and organizations in Florida and nationwide were presented as important resources with which the ITDS should become familiar.


Banks, R., Santos, R. M., & Roof, V. (2003). Discovering family Concerns, priorities, and resources: Sensitive family information gathering. Young Exceptional Children, 6(2), 11-19.

Department of Health (2004). Early Steps service delivery policy and guidance: Delivering service in the routines and daily activities of children with disabilities and their families. Florida Department of Health-Children's Medical Services-Early Steps. Tallahassee, FL.

Nelson, B.M. (2000). Professionalism in early intervention: A facilitator's guide for training – Level ll Module. Babies Can't Wait Program, Georgia Department of Human Resources.

Related Resources

Barrera, I., & Corso, R.M. (2002). Cultural competency as skilled dialogue. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 22(2), 103-113.

McWilliam, R. A. (2004). Early Intervention in Natural Environments: A Five-Component Model. Unpublished manuscript.

Sandall, S., McLean, M., & Smith, B. (Eds.) (2000) DEC Recommended Practices in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education. Division for Early Childhood, Council for Exceptional Children.



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