The IFSP and parents with special needs/mental retardation

Author: Espe-Sherwindt, M.
Year: 1991
Reference Type: Journal Article
Journal/Book Title: Topics in Early Childhood Special Education
Volume: 11
Issue: 3
Pages: 107-120
Abstract: Families can present unique challenges to early interventionists seeking to become more comfortable with the development and implementation of the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). This article examines a sample of IFSP's developed with parents with special needs/mental retardation in a model early intervention program. A majority of family outcomes could be categorized as basic needs, family enrichment, and support/ counseling. All family outcomes involved some degree of application of knowledge or problem-solving on the part of the parents. The results suggest that parents with special needs/ mental retardation can participate fully in the IFSP process, when that process promotes relationship-building, empowerment, interagency collaboration, and program implementation and evaluation.

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