5 Tips on Supporting a Child with an IFSP/IEP in Head Start
- Ensure that your child is receiving all the proper services and supports. If your child is in a virtual setting your child should be receiving their therapy virtually.
- Get to know your child’s teacher and therapists. Teachers and therapists have a lot of ideas and recommendations for home.
- Keeping a routine or schedule will be beneficial for a child with an IEP/IFSP. A routine helps a child know what to expect and reduces stress.
- As a parent/guardian you will be your child’s advocate for the remainder of their school career. Understanding your rights is so important so that you always feel comfortable with decisions being made. A good resource for parents with a child with an IEP/IFSP is www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org.
- As a parent/guardian you know your child best. Always discuss with staff the things that your child enjoys and does well. Sometimes teachers and therapists need to think of different ways to teach/provide therapy and your input could be helpful.
Three Advocacy Resources for Parents with a child with an IFSP/IEP
As a parent/guardian you will be your child’s advocate for the remainder of their school career. Understanding your rights is so important, so that you always feel comfortable with decisions being made. Three good resources are
- michiganallianceforfamilies.org Michigan Alliance for Families
- https://www.drmich.org Michigan Protection and Advocacy
- https://www.michigan.gov/mde/ Michigan Department of Education
If you have any questions or concerns, we have specific staff that can assist. Please feel free to contact the Disabilities Department at 313-962-5255 extension 1690 or firstname.lastname@example.org.