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Including Your Child - April 1997

Chapter 4

Find Services and Supports
Based on Your Child's Age

All children, with and without special needs, find some things hard to do. Your child may have needs that require special attention. As a parent, it is important to make sure that your child's education meets her or his special needs, as well as provides opportunities to be with children of all levels of ability. You may be eligible to get services and supports for your child. Under the IDEA, these services and supports are determined by the age of your child.

Birth Through Age 2

Under the IDEA, states have programs for infants and toddlers from birth through age two.These programs may be different from state to state. (See appendix B—State Government Information or Parent Training Information Centers.) These programs may be called "Part H" because that is the part of the IDEA that is for children birth through age 2.

Service Coordinator/
Family Resource Coordinator-

someone who helps families get the services needed for the child. This person is often part of an early intervention team.
Once you find the right agency, you can learn about the types of programs and services in your community. As soon as you can, contact the person or office in charge of early childhood programs for information. Services for infants and toddlers must include a service coordinator or a family resource coordinator. This person is part of an early intervention team and will help explain what types of services and programs are available for your young child. Depending on what programs and services your child needs, a service coordinator will help link your family with those services.

Beginning at Age 3

Under the IDEA, beginning at age 3 children are served through a special education program that will meet their special needs. This program must include transportation and other support services if they are needed to help your child benefit from special education. These other services may be called related services and may include:

All states have preschool programs for children with disabilities. If your child has been attending a program for infants and toddlers, the local school system must evaluate your child in time so that preschool special education services can begin no later than the third birthday. Make sure your child gets into a program that offers the best chance to learn and play with children of different abilities.

If your child is already in a regular school program and is getting some services, such as a remedial reading program, but those services are not enough to help your child succeed, your child may have a disability that would allow him or her to receive special education services under the IDEA.

Visit the school, talk to your child's teachers, and watch your child in class. If you don't think the program is helping your child, you have the right to ask for changes. You want the best program for your child's needs. Continue to look for other choices. All children deserve educational programs that meet their needs and allow them a chance to develop, learn, and be happy.

It is important to share information with your child's teacher and school. The following information may be helpful for the teacher to know:

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