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1 Developed by The Parent Information Center with Funding from Department of Health and Human Service, Part C ARRA Funds


3 Training Objectives Upon training completion participants will: Understand the early childhood transition process Understand their role in the process as well as the role of others Know how to access early childhood transition related resources Understand how to better support families in the early childhood transition process

4 How to Navigate this Training Bottom – audio control Volume Start/Pause Slides advance automatically Left sidebar - menu the outline serves as a menu for navigating sections and slides Top Right – Attachments link Provide additional resources and documents © The Parent Information Center

5 Navigating the module

6 Why Transition Happens


8 Jennifers Story

9 Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act Ages 0-2Ages 3-21 Part C Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities Part B Education of Children with Disabilities Family Centered Early Supports and Service HeM-510 New Hampshire Rules for the Education of Children with Disabilities RSA 186-C Transition Beginning at Age 24 Months

10 Working for Children & Families Using Different Approaches ESS Family Centered Maximize a familys ability to understand & care for their childs developmental needs Special Education Child Centered Free Appropriate Public Education


12 Meet Sharon


14 Notification for Child Find


16 Meet Lucie

17 Notification for Child Find Purposes Required by the IDEA and the NH Memorandum of Agreement of 1998 How ESS and school districts will collaborate to identify children for Child Find purposes

18 Notification for Child Find ~ Area Agency Region 1 – Northern Human Services Region 2 – PathWays of the River Valley Region 3- Lakes Region Community Services Region 4 – Community Bridges Region 5 – Monadnock Developmental Services, Inc. Region 6 – Gateways Community Services Region 7 – Moore Center Services, Inc. Region 8 – OneSky Community Services, Inc. Region 9 – Community Partners Region 10- Region 10 Community Supports Services, Inc.

19 Notification for Child Find ~ Area Agency For Child Find purposes only One time only Childs name, date of birth, parent(s) name(s), parent contact information Area Agency responsible for Notification to Special Education Director and/or designee in responsible school district Policies and procedures that reflect needs of school districts and families in the region No later than 24 months for all children receiving ESS For those found eligible after 24 months of age, Notification made as soon as possible

20 Notification for Child Find ~ Opt-out Parental consent NOT required, however, parents may choose to Opt-out of Notification Opt-out does not effect transition process including the referral process

21 Notification for Child Find ~ School Districts Must have clear policies and procedures in place regarding how they will respond to Notification for Child Find For Child Find purposes only NOT a referral Special Education Director/Administrator notify Area Agency who is designee

22 Your Role in Notification for Child Find – Tips for Professionals For ESS: Find out what paperwork you need to complete Find out how the districts in your region respond For Districts: Make sure your district has a process for responding and using Notification Make sure you know what age you receive Notification from the Area Agency

23 Responsibilities of ESS Service Coordinator in the Transition Process Assist the family and child through the process Serve as a link between ESS and other community options, including preschool special education Prepare the Transition Plan with the family Schedule & coordinate the Transition Conference With parental permission, submit the Referral With parental permission, share information necessary to ensure continuity of supports and services

24 Suzannes Story

25 Preparing the Transition Plan in the IFSP

26 Transition Planning ~ ESS A written transition plan is created with the family & it becomes part of the childs IFSP Beginning at 24 months of age for a child in ESS, or Less than 24 months of age if the child is determined to be no longer eligible for ESS, or As soon as possible for a child found eligible for ESS after 24 months of age

27 Written Transition Plans Must include: Supports for the family in exploring future service options List activities to prepare the child for transition List parent training and information resources With parental consent, referrals to their local school district, local area agency family support, or other community resources With parental consent, steps to arrange and facilitate a Transition Conference with the local school district For the family of a child who might not be eligible for services from the local school district, include bringing together the family and team to discuss other services that might be helpful to the child and family

28 Transition Planning ~ ESS Discuss all options available Preschool special education Area Agency services Head Start/Early Head Start Private/community preschools Other specialized supports

29 Suzanne

30 Your Role in Developing the Transition Plan – Tips for Professionals Its the familys plan Know your community resources Collaboration is the key

31 The Transition Conference


33 Meredith

34 Timelines for ESS Schedule and conduct a Transition Conference with ESS provider(s), family and the school district representative Not more than 9 months but not less than 90 days before a child turns 3

35 What Happens at the Transition Conference? Coordinated by the ESS Coordinator Review program options Determine if the child is potentially eligible for special education Establish a transition plan with the school district and update the transition plan in the IFSP, if appropriate

36 A Child Who is Potentially Eligible for Special Education IFSP Team determines Factors including, but not limited to: Does the child have a perceived delay/concern/issue in any of the 5 domains? Does the delay/concern/issue impact education and functional performance? Does the child require specialized instruction? Does the childs delay/concern/issue impact their ability to access the curriculum? Is the child not meeting developmental milestones? Are current gains in performance a result of services? Is the child at risk without continued services? Are there emergent skills? What is the current amount of services the child is receiving?

37 A Child Who is Potentially Eligible for Special Education ~ Making the Referral With informed written parental consent Referral for special education submitted at or immediately following Transition Conference If the IFSP Team is unsure, the IFSP Team should determine the child is potentially eligible

38 Your Role in the Transition Conference – Tips for Professionals Prepare families for what to expect Understand your role Know what forms are being used to document the Transition Conference Communication and collaboration is key

39 Lynns Story

40 Making the Referral and the Special Education Process


42 More from Lucie

43 Referral for Special Education Immediately following the Transition Conference With written parental permission, Service Coordinator: Sends written referral to school district Shares other information to ensure continuation of supports and services

44 IEP Team Parent(s), guardian, or surrogate parent ESS Service Coordinator At least one regular education teacher At least one special education teacher or service provider Representative of the Local Education Agency (LEA) Individual who can interpret the instructional implications of evaluations Other individuals

45 Disposition of Referral School District: Invites parents to a meeting to discuss disposition of referral Provides parents with a copy of procedural safeguards ESS Service Coordinator is invited to meetings ** The Transition Conference and the Disposition of Referral Meeting may be combined Within 15 Days of Receipt of Referral

46 Evaluation Complete evaluations for eligibility for special education & develop written summary IEP Team holds a team meeting to determine eligibility Within 45 Days From Parental Consent

47 Evaluations Must Assess present levels of academic achievement & related developmental needs Be administered by certified or licensed personnel Identify all of the childs special education and related service needs Include a variety of tools and strategies (not just a single procedure)

48 Determining Eligibility IEP Team decision Medical diagnosis does not automatically qualify a child for special education The child requires specialized instruction and related services

49 Educational Disabilities Intellectual Disability (formerly Mental retardation) Hearing impairment Deafness Speech or language impairment Visual impairment (including blindness) Deaf/blindness Emotional disturbance Orthopedic impairment Autism Traumatic brain injury Other health impairment Specific learning disability Multiple disabilities Developmental delays for children ages 3-9

50 Developing the IEP The IEP Team must meet within 30 days to write the IEP Present levels of academic achievement & functional performance Measurable annual goals Short term objectives How progress will be measured How parents will be informed of progress Special education, related services & other supports for the child or on behalf of the child Parents signature & LEA signature

51 Approving the IEP That they: Agree Agree with exceptions/conditions Ask for another meeting Disagree Request mediation or a neutral conference, request a due process hearing Parents have up to 14 calendar days to review and sign

52 Meet Gennie

53 Placement IEP Team decision based on Individual child Where services listed in IEP can be delivered Least Restrictive Environment

54 Continuum of Placements - PRESCHOOL Early childhood program Home Special education program Service provider location Separate school Residential facility

55 Transition Planning By 3 rd Birthday IEP Team: Develops and agrees upon IEP Determines placement Determines start date Services and/or program may begin at later date, as determined by the IEP team IEP must be signed on or before 3 rd birthday

56 Summer Birthdays Extended School Year (ESY) Factors to be Considered by IEP Team: Child would suffer harm or regression in skills without services Degree of Progress Emerging Skills/Breakthrough Opportunities Interfering Behaviors Nature and/or Severity of Disability Special Circumstances or Other Factors

57 Combination of Meetings

58 Combining the Transition Conference and the Disposition of Referral Meetings If the parent agrees All required members of the IEP Team and IFSP Team are present Refer to your regions Interagency Agreement

59 Wrap Up

60 Final words from families and professionals Suzanne: What is needed from ESS

61 Final words from families and professionals Andrea: Professionals need to know…

62 Final words from families and professionals Chris: Why Collaboration is Important…

63 Please complete the module evaluation By clicking the link below you will be taken to a Survey Monkey EvaluationSurvey Monkey Evaluation page

64 Acknowledgements Special thanks to the families and professionals who were willing to share their thoughts and expertise with us.

65 This training course was developed by the Parent Information Center with funding from NH Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Developmental Services, NH Part C Office through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

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