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Individual education plan (IEP)

For your child to receive special education services and IEP must be developed and then reviewed each year at a meeting in which the parent has the right and are encouraged to participate. You may present information about your child for use in developing the best plan for your child. The IEP includes present levels of educational performance, annual goals and short term instructional objectives. The parent will be asked to give written approval for the IEP that is developed. Additional information is available from your local school district or State Department of Education.

Individual family service plan (IFSP)

The foundation for services under California Early Start Program. It is based on your child’s strengths, your family concerns and priorities for your child. It is the written outcome of decisions regarding service delivery options, type of services, and identify family needs.

Occupational therapy (OT)

Includes services to address the functional needs of a child related to adaptive development and behavior, and sensory, motor, and postural development.

Physical therapy (PT)

Includes services to address the promotion of sensoriomotor function through enhancement of musculoskeletal status, neurobehavioral organization, perceptual and motor development, cardiopulmonary status, and effective environmental adaptation.

Special Instruction

Includes curriculum planning that leads to achieving outcomes in the child’s IFSP, provides the family with information and support related to enhancing the child’s skill development, and design learning environments and activities that promote the child’s acquisition of skills in a variety of developmental areas.

 
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