Families, most particularly parents, are vital participants in early intervention. Your contributions are invaluable:
at the individual level where you are intimately involved in determining the services that your own child will receive; and
at an organizational level determining policies and scope for EI programs.
The resources below have been identified because they address the many dimensions of parent involvement, including the parents’ right to be involved in decision making regarding their child and the early intervention services he or she receives. There are also resources to help early intervention systems promote the active involvement of families at either the organizational or individual levels.
Early intervention From the My Child Without Limits website.http://www.mychildwithoutlimits.orgTips for your child’s developmental assessment. From ZERO TO THREE, the National Center For Infants, Toddlers and Families.http://tinyurl.com/2dbbwouA parent’s guide to early intervention. While this guide is written for New York parents, its basic information about EI and parent involvement will be helpful to all.http://www.health.state.ny.us/publications/0532/Find out about your rights in your state.https://ectacenter.org/topics/procsafe/stateonlineC.aspJoin the Early Intervention Family Alliance. The Early Intervention Family Alliance is a national group of family leaders dedicated to improving outcomes for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. The EIFA works to assure meaningful family involvement in the development of Part C policies and their implementation at community, state and federal levels.http://www.eifamilyalliance.org/Rights and safeguards of families.Assuring the Family’s Role on the Early Intervention Team: Explaining Rights and Safeguards provides a thorough discussions of what rights and safeguards we’re talking about and includes clear, easy-to-read materials that can be shared.https://ectacenter.org/~pdfs/pubs/assuring.pdfA parent’s perspective. This article, Early Intervention for Young Children on the Autism Spectrum, gives you the parent’s perspective.http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/?pageId=407Back to top