All children with disabilities who are eligible for early intervention services must be provided with AT, if appropriate, as part of the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). AT devices should be considered if interventions are required to aid in
the developmental tasks such as interaction with the environment, communication, and cognition. These AT devices and services are required, however, only when they relate to the developmental needs of infants and toddlers and their families.
Inclusion of AT in the IFSP must occur on an individual basis and must be based on the child's needs, the family's concerns and intervention priorities and goals. Assistive technology devices/services must be included in the IFSP as agreed upon by the
parent and other team members. At minimum, the IFSP should have the following information:
- The outcomes that will be achieved for the child and family, including the way in which the AT device is expected to increase, maintain, or enhance a child's functional capabilities.
- A description of the specific AT device(s) needed by the child, the projected dates for acquisition of the device, and the method of acquisition.
- The methods and strategies for use of the AT device to increase, maintain, or improve the child's functional capabilities, the individuals (including parents, other caregivers and family members, and qualified personnel) who will be assisting the
child in using the device, and the settings in which the device is to be used.
- The qualified personnel who will be providing the AT services and the frequency, intensity and method of delivery recommended.