Family Needs Assessment


Section 4

Early Intervention Services

After a child is diagnosed with hearing loss and found eligible for Early Intervention services, the family and a team of providers meet to develop a written plan for providing early intervention services to the child and the family. This plan is called the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) administered under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) with services focused on the needs of the entire family.

The IFSP process was the most positively rated experience on the survey. Parents largely felt included and heard in the process. Eighty percent of parents said their IFSP was fulfilled (though 22 percent said that it was fulfilled, but not completely). However, more than half of respondents acquired services outside of their IFSP. Families obtained a mixture of services provided by public services and additional or supplemental services. 

Many parents felt that they had to manage this process on their own, often struggling to get appropriate services from school districts and coordinators. Many parents noted that a single individual or organization often made the difference between feeling lost and feeling on track.

IFSP Development Satisfaction Ranking

Services Acquired Outside of Families’ IFSPs

This chart represents 53% of respondents who received services outside the IFSP. The remainder of respondents did not receive services outside the IFSP.