Early Transitions:. Facilitating Smooth Transitions for Families Out of Part C Early Intervention Conference Spring 2008 Heidi Faustini Phyllis Mondak Beth Tolley. Nuts & Bolts of Transition. Part C Transition process Regulations Steps & Timelines Roles & Responsibilities
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Facilitating Smooth Transitions
for Families Out of Part C
Early Intervention Conference Spring 2008
* Virginia: age 2 by Sept 30 of the school year
1) Functioning at least 25% below chronological or adjusted age* in one or more areas:
a. cognitive development
b. physical development (including fine motor, gross motor, vision & hearing)
c. communication development
d. social or emotional development
e. adaptive development
* For children born prematurely (<37 weeks gestation) up until 18 months of age.
The IFSP (beginning with initial) must include a transition component throughout the child and family’s participation in Part C, including steps to support the transition of the child if age 2 by September 30th or by the child’s 3rd birthday to either:
- Other services available
- Preschool services under Part B or
- No services.
“No services” only means no more special state services – your service coordinator will be able to discuss options for you.
A parent has the choice to continue Part C services until the 3rd birthday, if the child still meets eligibility criteria, rather than transition to Part B services.
Transition planning is individualized for each family.
The IFSP team ensures that transition plans include steps related to identification of possible future placement(s) and strategies for successful transition.
The service coordinator is responsible for helping the family locate and access other services as appropriate.
Other services might include child care settings, local recreation department programs, community-based play groups, private therapy services, etc.
Steps developed jointly by the family, Part C personnel, community preschool representatives, and/or Part B personnel (when appropriate) must include:
2) Discussions with & training of parents regarding future placement(s).
3) Transmission, unless the parents disagree, of the child’s name, address, telephone number and birth date to the school division in which the child resides as the child becomes age eligible for Part B
4) Procedures to prepare the child for changes in service delivery, including steps to help the child adjust to, and function in, the new setting.
5) With parental consent, the transfer of child-specific information to the local educational agency (LEA) to ensure continuity of services, including evaluation and assessment information required in Sec. 303.22, and copies of IFSP that have been developed and implemented in accordance with Secs. 303.340 through 303.346 and 303.344 (h)(2)
Page 7 of the 12/07 IFSP form
If you don’t already have a notebook for record keeping of documents you’ve received at meetings…the Eligibility Meeting is a good time to start one!
Children who meet the following criteria may continue to receive early intervention services up until their 3rd birthday:
In accordance with Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in VA, referrals for children who may be eligible for preschool (Part B) programs may be made any time during the calendar year (referral timeline always in effect).
Service Coordinators inform parents about availability of Part C as well as Part B services until child enters school or reaches age 3.
Transition to Part B refers to steps identified at the transition planning conference to be taken to support the transition of the child to the local school systems early childhood special education program to the extent appropriate.
Children in Part C who will participate in preschool programs under Part B shall be offered a smooth and effective transition to the preschool programs in a manner consistent with Virginia Part C and B policies & procedures.
The local school division will participate in the transition planning conferences when notified by the designated local Part C agency.
If you have started a notebook for your child’s documents, it’s time to add a divider and start a section for ECSE. You’re finished with IFSP’s!
The LEA shall develop an IEP for those preschool-aged children with a disability, found eligible for special education services, age 2 (on or before September 30th) through age 5 (on or before September 30th), whose parents elect to receive services under Part B of IDEA.
IEP is developed within 30 calendar days of the date of the initial determination of eligibility.
IEP Review at least annually, can be done more often
Read the eval. before the meeting. It’s difficult to study it when the team is together. It also gives you a chance to think about IEP goals to bring to the table.
Autism Populations Served
Other health impairment
Speech or language impairment
Traumatic brain injury
Developmental delayPart B Eligibility CriteriaChildren must be found eligible under one or more of the 14 disability categories:
The list of related services is not exhaustive and may include other developmental, corrective, or supportive services (e.g. artistic & cultural programs, art, music, or dance therapy) if they are required for a child with a disability to access the general education curriculum.
Service Coordinator: Populations Served
Talk about transition with the family & other service providers at the initial IFSP and all future IFSP meetings.
Send notification information to LEA unless parent disagrees.
Help parents think about skills their child will need once s/he leaves EI.
Preschool/Child Find Staff:
Participate in EI Transition planning conference
Take referral from
Contact families to obtain permission to evaluate or set up child study team meeting.Roles & Responsibilities
You have an important role and responsibility in this process. You know your child better than anyone. You are the one who will provide the continuity throughout your child’s education.
Service Coordinator: Populations Served
Provide parents with
options following EI.
Convene (or make reasonable efforts to) a transition planning conference.
Make referrals as appropriate.
Send child specific information by April 1
with parent consent.
Participate in Part B eval/ meetings if invited by parent.
Preschool/Child Find Staff:
Explain Part B evaluation and eligibility process to family (procedures and safeguards)
Participate in child study, eval, eligibility, IEP development and review as appropriate.
Notify Part C of IEP meetings, with parent permissionRoles & Responsibilities (Cont.)
Parent-to-Parent Coordinator/Richmond Region Parent Representative
The Arc of Virginia Family Involvement [email protected]
888-604-2677 ext. 105
Educational Specialist, VDOE
Technical Assistance Consultant, Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia