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Section 9

ak dept education

special ed handbook

In the case of a child with a disability who is age three through five, an individualized family service plan (IFSP) may serve as the IEP for the child if using that plan as the IEP is agreed to by the District and at least one of the child's parents. If use of an IFSP is being considered, the District must provide the child's parents a detailed explanation of the differences between an IFSP and an IEP. If either parent chooses an IFSP, the District must obtain written, informed consent of that parent.

The IFSP shall be in writing and contain:
  1. A statement of the infant's or toddler's present levels of physical development, cognitive development, communication development, social or emotional development, and adaptive development, based on objective criteria;
  2. With the agreement of the family, a statement of the family's resources, priorities, and concerns relating to enhancing the development of the family's infant or toddler with a disability;
  3. A statement of the major outcomes expected to be achieved for the infant or toddler and the family, and the criteria, procedures, and timelines used to determine the degree to which progress toward achieving the outcomes is being made and whether modifications or revisions of the outcomes or services are necessary;
  4. A statement of specific early intervention services necessary to meet the unique needs of the infant or toddler and the family, including the frequency, intensity, and method of delivering services;
  5. A statement of the natural environments in which early intervention services shall appropriately be provided, including a justification of the extent, if any, to which the services will not be provided in a natural environment;
  6. The projected dates for initiation of services and the anticipated duration of the services;
  7. The identification of the service coordinator from the profession most immediately relevant to the infant's or toddler's or family's needs (or who is otherwise qualified to carry out all applicable responsibilities) who will be responsible for the implementation of the plan and coordination with other agencies and persons; and
  8. The steps to be taken to support the transition of the toddler with a disability to preschool or other appropriate services.
The individualized family service plan must be evaluated at least annually and the family must be provided a review of the plan at six-month intervals (or more often where appropriate based on the child's and the family needs).

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