Implementing an Integrated Child & Family Outcomes and IFSP/IEP Process

E. Installation: Build Training and Technical Assistance (TA) Capacity

In this step, your state leadership team will identify and plan for training and technical assistance (TA), both for the initial implementation of the integrated process, but also for the full implementation statewide of the integrated process. This step includes determining what information is needed to support full understanding on all levels of what it means to integrate outcomes into the IFSP and IEP both on a philosophical level as well as a practical one. It also includes creating the materials, ensuring that there is adequate personnel to provide the training and TA, and that there are evaluation procedures in place to determine the effectiveness of the training and TA.

Activities:
  1. Complete a needs assessment. Determine from the field where knowledge of outcomes measurement and IFSP or IEP development is secure, and which aspects of basic practice in both areas need additional training, TA or support in order to be implemented correctly.
  2. Review examples of training and TA materials created by other states and programs for content, format or other information that can be used to meet the needs identified in the needs assessment. Develop materials for training and TA.
  3. Ensure adequate personnel resources in training and TA to implement the training and TA that has been designed. This could include revising staff priorities for training topics, as well as expanding training and TA staff to deliver the content. This could also include the need to develop materials as well as ensuring capacity for coaching, mentoring, reflective supervision and personnel support.
  4. Create evaluation for the training and TA for measuring effectiveness, and so that changes may be made as appropriate.

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  • Maryland Healthy Beginnings: This document is a version of the Maryland Early Learning Standards, cross walked by the three child outcomes, which was developed to facilitate the implementation of an integrated IFSP process within the state.
    http://ectacenter.org/~pdfs/meetings/outcomes2011/MD_HealthyBeginnings.pdf
  • Washington Introduction to IDEA Part C: Three Interactive Modules: These three modules were developed for the Early Support for Infants and Toddlers Program (ESIT) in the Department of Early Learning by the Washington Systems Improvement Project Team in 2011. The three modules include Foundations of Early Intervention, Initial and Ongoing Functional Assessment, and Developing Initial and Continuing Individualized Family Services Plans. Information about integrating child outcomes into the IFSP process is included in each of the topics within the module. These modules were used to support provider understanding of the integrated process as well as implementation of the new IFSP with the child outcomes included.
    http://ectacenter.org/wamodules/wamodules.asp
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