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Early Intervention for Individual Family Service Plan


This course meets the continuing education recommendation for coursework in Early Intervention for family service provider.

Certificate of Completion: Upon completion of the course and all the requirements we will send you, via U.S. mail, a “Certificate of Completion” form required by the NY State Education Department.

Avelino de Chavez, NY PT, President  of A List Physical Therapy PC
  • Contact hours: 4
  • Expiration date: February 21, 2017
  • Course price: $28

Course Summary

Discusses EI history, safety standard, intervention, documentation, and PDMS-2 standard testing. Presents service model and IFSP reviews.

Criteria for Successful Completion

Have 8 or less mistakes in the post test, a completed evaluation form, and payment where required. No partial credit will be awarded.

Objectives: When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the history of Early Intervention and how it works.
  • Spell out the health and safety standard for EI physical therapist.
  • Provide effective PT intervention to EI cases, with use of different techniques and strategies.
  • Write and fill out the NYC session notes and progress notes well.
  • Answer basic questions from individual family about EI program.
  • Explain who are involved in planning, implementing, and providing early intervention.
  • Administer PDMS-2 standard testing.

Note: This course assume that the participant has PDMS-2 manual and booklet, and NYC progress and session notes forms. In this seminar we addressed all the EI cases as children and the PT as we.  Please navigate the pages by clicking the list of pages at the bottom of the page.

How EI Started:

The New York State Early Intervention Program (EIP) is part of the national early intervention program for families of infants and toddlers with disabilities. It was created by Congress in 1986 under Individual with Disability Education Act (IDEA). In New York State it is manage by New York State Department of Health through Bureau of Early Intervention, which was established on 1993. In every municipalities there is a Local Early Intervention Coordinating Council (LEICC) which consist of three or more EI service providers, four or more parents, one childcare provider, and chief executive officer or their designees of the municipalities. They work together for planning, delivery, and service. Children under three year old can be eligible for early intervention if they have developmental delay or disability.

Overall Goals of Early Intervention Program

Family-Centered will support parents during meeting their responsibilities to nurture the children’s development. Community-Based creates opportunities for children to have services in natural environment of their community. Coordinated services ensures early intervention to have fully coordinated services. Measurable functional outcomes for children and families improve family life through delivery of outcome-based early intervention services. Early intervention and the medical home ensures early intervention services complement the children medical home by involving primary and specialty health care providers in supporting family participation in early intervention services. Local Control, Fiscal Reform, and Programmatic Accountability assure equity of access. It should have good quality, consistency, and accountability of the service system by ensuring clear line of public supervision.

Physical therapists that participate in early intervention should know our role as a physical therapist.

Service Model Option:

  1. Home and community based individual/collateral visits are the PT services at children’s home.
  2. Facility-based individual/collateral visits are PT services at approved early intervention site.
  3. Parent-children groups are group PT services for parent-children at approved early intervention site.
  4. Group developmental interventions are group PT services for children at approved EI site.
  5. Family/caregiver support group are group PT services for parents/caregivers at approved EI sites.

Standard for Initial and Ongoing Service coordinators

Initial Service Coordinator is designated by EIO with notification to the parent. The initial service coordinator will provide parent a review of parent’s right, responsibilities, entitlements, and EI handbook. The initial service coordinator must obtain or assist parent to get third party insurance coverage and coordinate for all evaluation. Ongoing service coordinator will carry over and assure that the service provision starts and continues in a consistent manner.




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