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September 22, 2017

Infant Toddler Program Information

Idaho's Infant Toddler Program (ITP) coordinates a system of early intervention services to assist Idaho children birth to three years of age who have a developmental delay or who have conditions (such as prematurity, Down Syndrome, hearing loss) that may result in a developmental delay.

The ITP links children with services that promote their physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development and supports the needs of their families. These services can include therapeutic, educational, and supportive services, such as: Family Education, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Service Coordination, Counseling, Home Visits and Health Services.

Children referred to the Infant Toddler Program are assessed to see if they meet program eligibility. If eligible, an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is written that outlines services for the child and their family. This plan is reviewed every six months. Prior to turning three years of age, ITP assists with the child's transition to a developmental preschool program or other community services.

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1 month

  • Lifts head when on tummy
  • Looks at faces

2 months

  • Makes sounds - coos and gurgles
  • Follows objects with eyes

3 months

  • Recognizes faces
  • Holds head steady and upright

4 months

  • Smiles, laughs
  • Rolls from back to side

5 months

  • Holds out arms to be held
  • Likes to play peek-a-boo

6 months

  • Copies sounds
  • Rolls over in both directions

7 months

  • Creeps
  • Uses hands to pat, touch, stroke

8 months

  • Crawls
  • Pulls self up to stand

9 months

  • Says "Ma-ma" or "Da-da"
  • Responds to own name

10 months

  • Waves bye-bye
  • Drinks from a cup when it's held

11 months

  • "Walks" holding onto furniture
  • Picks up small objects

12 months

  • Uses simple gestures
  • Knows at least three words

 

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Is your child learning, thinking, moving and growing at the right pace?  Find out through Developmental Milestones. This program helps you better understand and meet the developmental, social-emotional, health, and educational needs of your child. Signing up to check your child's development is especially important if your child had a low birth weight, a difficult or premature birth, or medical issues.

The questionnaires ask about what a child is doing and learning at various stages of development. Parents answer questions about things their child can and cannot do. The questions cover the child's communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and social-emotional skills.

How Do I Sign Up?

There are two ways to register and get the questionnaires for your child:

Mail icon for applying by mail. Online: Click on the links below to fill out the questionnaire online for your child's age group:

**Screening is strongly recommended for all children at 12 months and again at 30 months of age.**

Mail icon for applying by mail.  By mail: Fill out the registration form (available in English or Spanish) and mail it to:
 
Idaho Infant Toddler Program
Developmental Milestones
5th Floor
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0036

What Happens After I Submit a Questionnaire?

After the questionnaire has been sent, it will be reviewed by trained staff from the Infant Toddler Program. The results will be shared with you by email, phone, or mail.  If the results show that your child could benefit from an evaluation, this may be offered at no cost through the Infant Toddler Program.  As the parent, you always make the decision about what to do next.

Baby Steps: Learn the Signs. Act Early.

Source: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)

Watch the video:  Baby Steps

Running Time: (4:32) Release Date: 9/22/2008

Early recognition of developmental disabilities such as autism is key for parents and providers. CDC realized the impact on families and invested in a campaign to help parents measure their children's progress by monitoring how they play, learn, speak and act.

Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Text4Baby

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Text4Baby is an educational program of the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.  Get free messages every week on your cell phone to help you through your pregnancy and your baby's first year.

Text BABY to 511411

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For more information, visit Text4Baby.

 

 

New CELLcasts from the Center for Early Literacy Learning

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The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has released new "CELLcasts" for parents.  CELLcasts are audio/video versions of CELL practice guides which are available to view online or download.  The CELLcasts are available at Center for Early Literacy Learning.


The Infant Toddler Program (ITP) provides supports and services to children birth to three years of age who have special developmental needs and meet eligibility criteria. Participation in the program can increase your child’s ability to develop and learn. It also helps you and your family learn ways to support and promote your child’s development within your everyday family activities and community life.

What Does the Infant Toddler Program Do?

The Infant Toddler Program provides what are known as “early intervention services” to help infants and toddlers grow and develop, and to help their family do the same.

The term “early” in early intervention is important because research shows that the first three years of life are the most important time for development and learning.

The ITP is a voluntary program and is provided at no cost to families. Funding for the program comes from Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), private insurance, Medicaid, and State funds.

What can I expect from the Infant Toddler Program?

The Infant Toddler Program may look different from what you or your medical providers expect. It is not outpatient rehabilitation services. Professionals will not work with your child while you watch or are in a nearby room. You are a very important part of your child’s team. The professionals working with your child will include you in every visit and will coach you in ways to include their interventions in your child’s daily routines. Research shows that very young children learn best with this method.

Intervention -- comes from the child's natural caregivers, who are usually parents and other caregivers. You provide the most effective practice, encouragement and guidance for your child to help him/her succeed.

Service -- the professional activity from your Early Intervention provider to ensure you have interventions you can use all the time between home visits, when child learning really happens.

Our goal is to work closely with you to provide the kinds of supports that best meet your family’s priorities and your child’s needs. We will be talking about these supports throughout your time with the Infant Toddler Program. As your child grows and changes, the kinds of supports your family will need may change as well.

Click here for information on what happens after a referral to the Infant Toddler Program.

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Tracking Your Child’s Development

Developmental Milestones Program

Is your child learning, thinking, moving and growing at the right pace? Check out the Child Find tab above to register and receive questionnaires that help track your child's development.

Hearing Checklist

Do you have any concerns about your child’s hearing? Hearing Loss is the most Idaho Sound Beginningscommon birth disorder in newborns. It affects how your baby perceives sound and is able to communicate with you and the world. Use the Hearing Checklist to see if your child is meeting milestones, or contact Idaho Sound Beginnings for more information.

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Milestone Moments

Learn the Signs. Act Early. Look inside for milestones to watch for in your child, and learn how you can help your child learn and grow.

Support and Education for Families

Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc. (IPUL)

IPUL is a parent-led organization that supports, empowers, educates, and advocates to enhance the quality of life for Idahoans with disabilities and their families. IPUL serves children with disabilities or special health care needs from birth to age 26, and helps families with education, healthcare, and the arts. Whether you are looking for resources, want to learn new skills, or you just need a shoulder to lean on – give them a call.

Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc.

Click here to learn more about IPUL.

2-1-1 Idaho Careline

2-1-1 Idaho CareLine is a program of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Agents at the 2-1-1 Idaho Careline connect people in need with government, non-profit, and community resources. Please contact us for assistance or refer others who need help to call 2-1-1.

Click here to go to 2-1-1 website.

Click here to learn more about 2-1-1.

The Infant Toddler Program receives routine referrals from primary referral sources including hospitals, physicians, parents, childcare providers, local education agencies, public health facilities, and other social service providers.  These partners assist in identifying children who may need evaluations to determine if early intervention services are needed.

Why Support the Infant Toddler Program?

Promote Strong Families

Parents play the most active and significant role in their baby’s healthy development. Young children learn and grow in strong families where parents are able to successfully face the challenge of caring for their children while meeting their work and other responsibilities. Young children learn and grow in the context of secure, trusting relationships with caring adults. Through rich learning experiences, a strong foundation is created for babies, young children and their families.

 

 Build the Capacity of Families

Research in child learning and development has helped us see the value of identifying everyday activities in a child’s home and community as sources for learning opportunities. Through a coaching approach, families discover techniques, strategies and activities they can use throughout a typical day to help their child learn. Dedication to helping parents better understand their baby, leads to greater awareness and confidence in families. 

 

 Encourage Healthy Development

Relationships are the building blocks of healthy development. If, as very young children, we have positive, predictable relationships with our parents or other caregivers, we will feel safe from harm and secure that our basic needs will be met. Therefore, our energy can be spent on exploring the world around us and having the positive early learning experiences that will nurture our developing brains and help us to achieve healthy growth and development. 

 

Reduce Risk Factors

Early brain development is the foundation of human adaptability and resilience. Because early childhood experiences have such a great potential to affect brain development, children are especially vulnerable to negative influences during this period. On the other hand, these early years are a window of opportunity for parents, caregivers, and communities. Positive early experiences have a huge effect on children’s chances for achievement, success, and happiness.

 

 Invest Early – It’s Where It All Starts

Decades of research show that family support programs are effective and ultimately save taxpayers money. When quality programs, carried out in local communities, are properly implemented, they lead to increased family self-sufficiency, lower health care costs, and reduced need for remedial education.

 

  

 

What Do Professionals Say About Early Intervention Services?

Who Pays for Early Intervention Services? 

In Idaho, services are provided at no cost to families. Funding for the program comes from Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), private insurance, Medicaid, and State funds.

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The Infant Toddler Program is the lead agency for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C. The IDEA Part C provides the regulatory provisions for lead agencies to ensure the early intervention system includes child find, monitoring, evidence-based early intervention services, and transition support for children and families. Infant Toddler Program professionals working for the program must adhere to IDEA Part C regulatory requirements.

Seven Key Principles

The Key Principles are the foundations (or beliefs) necessary to support family-centered services and supports.  Part C programs rely on these principles to guide their practices and support the work they do with children and families. The Key Principles include (see ITP eManual for details):

  1. Infants and toddlers learn best through natural routines and everyday learning opportunities.
  2. All families, with the necessary supports & resources, can enhance their children’s learning and development.
  3. The primary role of a service provider is to work with and support family members and caregivers in children’s lives.
  4. The early intervention process and program, from initial contacts through transition, must fit the individual needs  of the family and child while honoring family members’ learning styles, values, and beliefs.
  5. Children’s and families’ needs and priorities determine functional IFSP outcomes, appropriate supports and services, and improve results for families and children.
  6. The family’s priorities, needs, and interests are addressed most appropriately by a primary provider who represents and receives team and community support.
  7. Interventions must be based on Infant Toddler Program Key Principles, validated practices, best available research, and relevant laws and regulations.

ITP eManual

The Idaho Infant Toddler Program eManual provides policies, procedures, forms, resources, etc. for the direct implementation of the Idaho Infant Toddler Program (ITP).  It outlines service coordination and early intervention responsibilities, family involvement, timelines, requirements, and other necessary information for professionals to ensure families and children receive quality early intervention services, and Part C IDEA requirements are met.

This eManual is designed to be used by Infant Toddler Program staff and contractors in daily contact with children and families participating in the program.

Early Intervention Evidence-Based Practices

Evidence-Based Practices are defined as “Practices that are informed by research, in which characteristics and consequences of environmental variables are empirically established and the relationship directly informs what a practitioner can do to produce a desired outcome.” (Dunst, Trivette, and Cutspec, 2002)

As a result of the research, early intervention must:

  • Be based on how all children learn throughout the course of everyday life, at home and in the community. 
  • Twenty everyday activities would equal 40,000 learning opportunities by age one. (Dunst, 2001)
    Focus on naturally occurring learning opportunities, rather than contrived specialized instruction.
  • Support primary caregivers to provide children learning experiences and opportunities that strengthen and promote their competence and development.
  • Support learning that occurs in contexts that have high levels of interest and engagement for the child and family.
  • Incorporate opportunities to reflect with the family on what is working and where additional problem solving may be needed as a means of enhancing the family’s capacity and competence.

When interventionists used coaching as part of parent-child interactions related to child development, parent engagement increased from 26% to 62% of interval coded.
(Peterson, Luze, Eshbaugh, Jeon, and Kantz, 2007)


Bringing in knowledge and expertise from the various practitioners is core to evidence-based practices in early intervention. Practitioners need to ensure that they use these evidence-based practices, as well as practices they use in their specific discipline.

For practitioners who are unsure of these practices, early intervention evidence-based practices are how early interventionists work with families and teams. It is a way of delivering services that produces the greatest outcomes for children.

Components of Early Intervention

These early intervention evidence-based practices include, but are not limited to, the following main components:

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Coaching Has Five Research-Based Characteristics

  1. Observation -- The coach observes the provider interacting with the child, and the provider observes the coach modeling an activity.
  2. Action/Practice -- The coach supports the provider in practicing, refining, and/or analyzing new or existing skills during real-life situations that occur during coaching interactions and between coaching visits.
  3. Reflection -- The provider's review and analysis of what he/she already knows or is doing to decide what modifications or new knowledge he/she needs to achieve desired outcomes.
  4. Feedback -- Feedback is an important part of learning that helps an individual build on what he/she already knows and is already doing.
  5. Joint Planning -- Every coaching visit/conversation should have a Joint - Plan that includes who will do what and when between visits, and what activity setting will be the focus of the next visit.

Resources

The Infant Toddler Coordinating Council (ITCC) is an advisory body required by Subpart G of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Its purpose is to advise and assist the Infant Toddler Program with:

  • Identifying sources of fiscal and other support
  • Reporting to state and federal partners
  • The transition of infants and toddlers with disabilities to preschool
  • The promotion of interagency agreements 

Idaho’s Infant Toddler Coordinating Council Vision and Mission

Council Vision

The Infant Toddler Program is supported in meeting the individualized needs of children 0-3 and empowering their families to maximize their child's growth and development. 

 

Council Mission

Advise, assist and collaborate to build capacity within families through the provision of quality early intervention services.

 

Meeting Dates & Location 

The Council meets quarterly in Boise.  All meetings are open to the public. Reasonable accommodations are available upon request. For information on upcoming meetings and minutes of previous meetings, please visit the Infant Toddler Coordinating Council Meetings page. 

Infant Toddler Coordinating Council Membership

Council members are appointed by the Governor.  The Council is chaired by members voted on by the Council. Federal guidelines mandate the composition of the Council. Members include parents of children with disabilities or conditions that may result in a delay or disability, public and private service providers, representatives from education and mental health, and advocates for individuals with disabilities. 

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Contact Information

If you are interested in finding out more information about the ITCC, please contact us at the following:

Idaho Infant Toddler Program
450 W. State, 5th Floor 
Boise, Idaho  83720 
 Phone:  208-334-5699

 

Regional Early Childhood Committees

The Regional Early Childhood Committees (RECCs) are the bridge from the Infant Toddler Coordinating Council (ITCC) to communities across the state. Regional committees are fundamental in coordinating early intervention services with community agencies and assuring that the services are meeting the needs of the community at the local level.

For more information on the ITCC, please visit the ITCC tab above.

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Regional Early Childhood Committee Meetings & Membership

Regional committees are active in every region of the state and help to assure that information about early intervention is available in local communities. Click here for a list of local RECC Chairs. 

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Contact Information

If you are interested in becoming involved with a regional committee or in finding out more information about RECCs or the ITCC, please contact us at the following:

Idaho Infant Toddler Program
450 W. State, 5th Floor 
Boise, Idaho  83720 
 Phone:  208-334-5699

 

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part C (IDEA, P.L. 105-17) was passed in 1986. In 1991, Idaho’s Early Intervention Act (Title 16, Chapter 1) designated the Department of Health and Welfare as the lead agency, and funds were allocated to create the Infant Toddler Program.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare manages funds dedicated to the implementation of IDEA, Part C. Federal grant dollars from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, State general funds, and third party payers (Medicaid and private insurance) account for the majority of the budget.

Federal Reports

The Infant Toddler Program is required to report the following information to the Office of Special Education Programs on an annual basis as part of the Part C Grant requirements:

Grant Application

Public Reporting

State Performance Plan (SPP)/Annual Performance Report (APR)

State Systematic Improvement Plan (SSIP)

National Data Reports

Infant Toddler Family Survey

Families enrolled in the ITP are asked to complete a Family Survey annually. These Family surveys are given at 6 month service reviews. If you have recently scheduled a 6 month review with your Service Coordinator, please use your unique identifier to provide anonymous feedback by clicking the button below

If you would like to request a paper copy of this survey, please call 208-334-0424.