Inclusion means that every child has access to, participates meaningfully in, and experiences positive outcomes from early childhood education and care programs. This statement explains inclusion. It outlines why inclusion is important, and it sets out what is required from everyone involved in the delivery of early childhood education and care to ensure inclusion of every child.
And the inability of a parent to pay for services will not result in denial of or a delay in services.
All pediatricians should ensure that in their practices, every child with a disability has access to the following services. In addition, the pediatrician should collaborate with community resources in treatment planning and in promoting early intervention programs that work.
Pediatricians are in key positions to identify at the earliest possible age those children who may benefit from services under IDEA. Pediatricians should provide screening and surveillance using a combination of methods best designed to take advantage of multiple sources of information. In addition, some of the best support of parents comes from other parents who are able to offer emotional and social support and practical advice.
Many communities have programs in which parents support each other and help parents new to the system better navigate the system. For early intervention, the pediatrician has an important role in the identification of children with established delays and in the diagnosis of conditions with a high probability of developmental delay, which will qualify a child for this program.
A child identified through screening or observation as meeting the definition for developmental delay should receive a comprehensive multidisciplinary assessment. The pediatrician has an important role as a referral source or, if more extensive participation is elected, as a member of the multidisciplinary team.
Few pediatricians have the flexibility in their schedules to participate in person in lengthy team meetings. Usually, these meetings are scheduled with a short lead time and at the convenience of the educators arranging them.
However, all pediatricians should offer to be available by written communication or participate by conference call or other means to offer input to and receive feedback from the assessment team.
Ideally, the pediatrician should be a member of the team and attend the IFSP meeting.
During the assessment process, families will need a knowledgeable person for medical advice and counsel. Although a parent may bring their personal attorney to the conference, most parents do not. If an attorney is going to attend on behalf of the family, the family should notify the school agency of that fact before the meeting to give the school an opportunity to have their legal counsel or top administrator scheduled for the conference.
The appeal process begins at the district school board where the child resides. The president of the school board and superintendent of schools should receive the written appeal document. Rarely does an appeal by either the school district or family go to state or federal supreme courts.
Each district school board has a published document that advises parents of procedural safeguards, which can be obtained at no cost to the family.
Most assessment teams nominate a member as service coordinator to work with the families. A strong link should be developed between the assessment team and the primary care pediatrician, as well as an open sharing of concerns between parents, the pediatrician, and the assessment team. Pediatricians who participate in the assessment process should be consulted by the assessment team when these documents are created.
Such consultation is vital to preparing an appropriate and effective plan. The pediatrician should review the plan developed, counsel the family, and comment on health-related issues as needed. The pediatrician should determine if the health-related services proposed are appropriate and sufficiently comprehensive and assist parents in performing their advocacy tasks when there is evidence of inappropriate planning.
Ideally, when schools or educational agencies are developing the IEP or IFSP, a pediatrician should serve as a member of the assessment team. When medical services are part of the IEP or IFSP, they should be conducted by the primary care pediatrician or an appropriate pediatric subspecialist.
Medical services and communication should be coordinated by the primary care pediatrician or his or her designee in those cases in which the children have complex medical needs involving several physicians or centers. Pediatricians have many local and state opportunities to serve as knowledgeable, thoughtful advocates for improved community and educational services for children with disabilities.
Pediatricians who select this role need to be aware of the structure of services in the community and the key persons who implement them.
American Academy of Pediatrics. The Medical Home and Early Intervention: Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Children With Disabilities Pediatric services for infants and children with special health care needs.
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