What’s in Your IFSP? An Individualized Family Service Plan is developed for every child receiving services through the Illinois early intervention system. Once eligibility is determined, and within 45 days of referral, the IFSP is developed by the early intervention
You Are Your Child’s Best Advocate; Answering Questions About Your Child’s Disabilities; Stories of Strength, Love, and Hope; What Is a Parent Liaison?
The summer can be a fun and challenging time. It can be liberating to not have school or daily routines. Without formal scheduling guidelines, you can choose your preferred activities. However, it can also be difficult to identify such activities,
Tech Talk; How Do I Choose the Right Apps and Tech Toys?;
Technology Resources for Families of Young Children; SSIP Update: A Focus on
Everyday Early Intervention: Technology Is Everywhere Technology is a part of everyday life. It can also be a valuable tool for early intervention (EI) teams to use to share information and progress. Infants and toddlers learn more from interacting with
This topical guide will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse. Boosting Brain Power : 52 Ways to Use What Science Tells UsJill StammGryphon House, 2016This book provides 52 strategies – one for
Everyday Early Intervention: Bubbles Warm weather means it is a great time to explore the outdoors. Outside play is a wonderful opportunity to work on early intervention (EI) outcomes. For example, consider the fun warm weather pastime of blowing bubbles.
This topical guide on assistive technology for infants and Toddlers will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.
Everyday Early Intervention: Let’s Get Dressed Getting dressed is an everyday activity that is full of opportunities to work on EI outcomes. Getting undressed for the bath, putting on warm clothes for outside play, and changing from pajamas to daytime
Plan Ahead to Prevent Tantrums and Meltdowns During the Holidays; Help Us Improve the Clearinghouse and EI Services; Challenging Behavior/Social-Emotional Resource Guide; Social Workers’ Roles in Early Intervention
The sibling relationship is often the longest lasting family connection.
You play an important role in your child’s everyday experiences. You help your child grow stronger through play.
“PIWI” (“Parents Interacting with Infants”) is an early intervention model based on the premise that early development occurs within the context of the family and primary attachment relationships; consequently, the most important environment for early learning and development is the
The PIWI model has been implemented in a university-based birth-to-three Early intervention playgroup practicum field experience (Stay ‘N Play). The materials are primarily for higher education faculty, but many of the resources could be used by early intervention programs interested
Everyday Early Intervention: Couch Time Many families enjoy spending time relaxing on the couch together. The couch can be a great place to sit together to talk, read, and play. Moments on the couch can also be times to work
You Have Everything You Need: Using Household Items for Early Intervention; What Is a Developmental Therapist?; What Is Bagless Early Intervention?
Set Me Up for Success! Families reach EI outcomes by making the most of everyday moments. In early intervention (EI), we focus on how children learn during everyday routines. Caregivers can help children successfully participate by encouraging infants and toddlers
This topical guide will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse. The Sand Bucket List: 366 Things to Do With Your Kids Before They Grow UpDavid HoffmanRunning Press, 2012Whether it’s simple, silly, selfless,
Planning for Summer, Build Skills When Exploring Outdoors, Family Outcomes Survey
This topical guide on mindfulness will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse. Growing up mindful: essential practices to help children, teens, and families find balance, calm, and resilienceChristopher WillardSounds True, 2016Growing Up
Six-Month Review: An Important Part of the EI Process A key part of early intervention is monitoring the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), celebrating the progress, and modifying the outcomes, strategies, and supports as a team. The six-month review is
Positive Talk Builds Confidence; You Are What Your Child Needs; SSIP: Third Quarter Update
DEC Recommended Practices Help Guide Your Early Intervention Services The Division for Early Childhood’s (DEC) Recommended Practices provide interventionists and families with information about the practices most likely to improve learning and facilitate the development of children birth to 5
This topical guide on family engagement was developed in partnership with the Early Intervention Training Program to be used by professionals practicing in the Early Intervention program. The Early Intervention Guidebook for Families and Professionals: Partnering for Success.Bonnie KeiltyTeachers College
This topical guide on EI families with siblings will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse. The Sibling Survival Guide: Indispensable Information for Brothers and Sisters of Adults with DisabilitiesDon Meyer and Emily
Siblings as Role Models for Children With Disabilities; DEC Recommended Practices Help Guide Your EI Services; SSIP: Second Quarter Update
Involving Siblings in Early Intervention The early intervention program is all about families! Siblings are important members of a child’s family and can contribute significantly to your child’s success in early intervention. By including siblings in your child’s everyday routines
This topical guide on coaching and reflective supervision will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse. A critical introduction to coaching & mentoring : debates, dialogues and discoursesDavid Gray, et al.Sage, 2016This book
This topical guide on mathematics and young children a will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse. The Young Child and MathematicsJuanita V. Copley, 2010Reflects recent developments in math education using vignettes from
This topical guide on toilet training for children with special needs will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse. Lessons from Toilet School: A Family-Centered Approach to Toilet TrainingAnn Coleman Stadtler and Claudia
Body Care Basics Infants and toddlers can practice good hygiene and help avoid the spread of germs and infection. Teaching young children the principles of good hygiene at an early age can help them stay healthy throughout their lives. These
Toilet Mastery for Every Child; Learning Body Care Routines: Take It a Step at a Time; SSIP: An Update for Parents
Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a proclamation recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month and May 15 as Trauma-Informed Awareness Day in Illinois. The proclamation mentions that addressing the effects of trauma in children, youth, adults and families is fundamental to
Early Intervention Fits Right In; The State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP): An Update for Parents; Family Outcomes Survey
Natural Environments: Where All Children Belong Children learn best in familiar environments and during daily routines. Your EI provider can help you use daily routines to enhance your child’s development. Talk about some places where you spend time with your
For questions regarding the Illinois State Systemic Improvement Plan, please contact the Bureau of Early Intervention at 217-782-1981.
The EI Clearinghouse is your Information Station The Illinois Early Intervention (EI) Clearinghouse is a free resource for families considering or receiving EI services. Our goal is to support you in promoting your child’s development and full participation in family
Who Is on Your Early Intervention Team? In early intervention (EI), we work as a team to help your child learn and overcome challenges. The most important member of the team is the child’s family. Every team includes a service
Teaming For Outcomes; What Is the SSIP? What Parents in Early Intervention Might Want to Know; Family Outcomes Survey
This topical guide on supporting language development at home will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.
This topical guide on child outcomes was developed in partnership with the Early Intervention Training Program to be used by professionals practicing in the Early Intervention program. Early Intervention Every Day! : Embedding Activities in Daily Routines for Young Children
Grace*, mother of Tara*, a 1½-year-old child with Down syndrome provided me with a unique perspective considering she is a trained special educational professional who came to have a young child with a disability after several years of teaching. “Having
Susie’s* mother, Mary*, describes her daughter as a happy 2½-year-old who enjoys dancing, animals, and the outdoors. As an infant, Mary noticed that Susie seemed to always be taking in the world with her eyes. However, she didn’t suspect that
I remember holding Christopher for hours after he came home from 61 days in the NICU. He was just 4 pounds and light as a feather, and I wanted to make up for the lost cuddling during all those days
Consuelo: We have three children: a set of twins—a boy and a girl—who are 10 years old and a 5-year-old boy. Nicholas, our older boy, has autism. When the twins were about 3 months old, I knew something was wrong
My name is Melissa, and I have been a service coordinator for 2½ years with Child and Family Connections #15. I am the mother of a 5-year-old who was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a major heart defect. During