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Supporting Early Childhood Transition. Helping Families and Children at a Critical Time. What is meant by “transition” and why is it important to children, families and practitioners ?. Key Elements for Transition Planning. Overview of Transition Planning

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supporting early childhood transition
Supporting Early Childhood Transition

Helping Families and Children at a Critical Time

What is meant by “transition” and why is it important to children, families and practitioners?
key elements for transition planning
Key Elements for Transition Planning
  • Overview of Transition Planning
  • Notification to LEA - Level 1 and Level 2
  • Development of IFSP Transition Plan
  • Transition Conference
  • Referral to Part B Preschool Special Education Services
  • Evaluation and Eligibility for Part B
  • IEP Development
  • Provision of Services
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Early Intervention Services
  • Home and Community settings
  • Primary Provider supported by a multidisciplinary team
  • “Coaching style” of interaction
  • Service Coordination
  • Flexible scheduling to accommodate family/child’s needs
2 nd birthday planning
2nd Birthday - Planning
  • Begin conversation about leaving Infant Toddler services at age 3
  • Explore family’s ideas, hopes, and concerns for post Infant Toddler Program
  • Explore potential community options/ resources
  • Discuss new skills, activities, etc. to support or prepare child/family for changes
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2nd Birthday IFSP Meeting
  • IFSP includes plan to support transition to preschool or other community options
  • Share steps and required timelines with parents
  • Plan for activities to prepare child/family for new setting
  • If appropriate, obtain consent to share information
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Notifications to LEA
  • Two Different Notifications
  • Notification #1 = ALL Children served over 2.6
  • Part C shares:
    • Child and Parent’s Name and Contact Information
    • Child’s DOB
    • Optional
      • S.C.’s name and contact info.
      • Family’s primary language
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Notifications to LEA
  • Notification #2 = “Potentially Eligible Children” over 2.6 years
  • Notification 2 = Initial Referral to LEA for Part B eligibility determination
  • Following Notification 2, LEA will:
    • Make contact with the family
    • Provide notice of procedural safeguards
    • Provide written information about Part B
    • Complete appropriate referral and evaluation responsibilities
potentially eligible definition
Potentially Eligible - Definition
  • Children Over age 2.6 with an IFSP
  • Children eligible for Part C under
    • Developmental Delay Category
    • Established Condition (EC) Category (with exceptions re: prematurity or medically fragile condition)
  • NOT Potentially Eligible
    • EC due to prematurity or medically fragile condition
    • “Informed Clinical Opinion” Category
    • Exceptions allowed with individual review
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Transition Conference
  • Timeline –Typically held between 2.6 -2.9 years
  • ITP sends written invitation to parent, LEA, and others as requested by parents
  • Child’s information shared with LEA prior to conference (with consent)
  • LEA required to attend conference
  • ITP must hold timely conference even if LEA doesn’t attend
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Transition Conference
  • The following must occur at the conference
    • Review information reflective of child’s development and performance
    • Share info. about LEA services, other community resources, timelines, eligibility criteria, and process to evaluate or determine eligibility
    • Review options from B-day to end of school year
    • Decide if “Referral for Special Education Evaluation” is appropriate
    • Other activities may occur…
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Referral to Part B Preschool Services
  • ITP will share the following (with parental consent)
    • Copy of signed “consent to release information”
    • Existing ITP evaluations/assessments, including specific test/cut off scores when available
    • Current IFSP
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Referral to Part B Preschool Services
  • The LEA will
    • Complete a Referral to Consider a Special Education Evaluation form
    • Give and explain Procedural Safeguards Notice
    • Get parent’s input about need for and scope of initial evaluation
    • Review all available information and records
    • Decide what additional information, if any, is needed
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Summer Birthdays
  • LEA not required to provide services when not in session for over 5 days.
  • When possible, transition conference and activities are completed before summer break
  • Summer birthday does not change LEA’s requirements for evaluation, eligibility determination, and IEP development prior to age 3.
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Late Referrals
  • Late Referral to Infant Toddler Program
    • Age 30-33 mo. ( 2yrs 6 mo. to 2yrs 9 mo.)
    • Age 33-34.5 mo. (2yrs 9 mo. to 2yrs 10.5 mo.)
    • Age 34.5 mo. to 36 mo. (2 yrs 10.5 mo. to 3 yrs)
  • Late Referral to District from Infant Toddler Program
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Evaluation and Eligibility
  • Evaluation
  • Assessment
    • Evaluation Team
    • Written Notice
    • Initial evaluation is comprehensive
    • Part B eligibility transitional meeting
    • Eligibility is determined and report given to parent
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IEP Development
  • Development can occur at the transition meeting (not encouraged)
  • Must have parent, district administrator, special education teacher, general education teacher, and others family invites
  • The IFSP can serve as an IEP with additional components, (or visa versa)
  • Must be developed and implemented within 30 days of eligibility determination
on site trainings
On-Site Trainings
  • Region 1: CDA March 1, 2011
  • Region 2: Lewiston March 2, 2011
  • Region 3: Nampa April 12, 2011
  • Region 4: Boise March 24, 2011
  • Region 5: Twin Falls March 9, 2011
  • Region 6: Pocatello March 10, 2011
  • Region 7: Idaho Falls March 11 , 2011