One Step At A Time

Once a child is identified as possibly eligible for the FIT program, and referral is made, a FIT Program representative will be in touch to discuss how early intervention can support your child’ well-being.

Take a look at the image contantained in this section to see a visual representation of the various steps that take place during the early intervention process. You can find even more information below or contact us if you have anymore questions.

1. Child Identification

You or another agency/individual has a concern about the development of your child (under age three and living in New Mexico).

2. Intake

Once a child is identified as potentially eligible for the FIT program, a referral is made. A referral includes basic information such as your family’s name, address and telephone number, along with the reason for referral. Once a referral is made, a FIT Program representative will contact you to explain the goal of early intervention and how early intervention can support your child’s development and well-being. If you agree to participate, the intake process begins. During this process you will sign consent forms, gather information such as medical records and more. All the information you provide will also support the evaluation process. With your permission, the Family Service Coordinator will get copies of your child’s medical records.

3. Evaluation (CME)

The Family Service Coordinator from the local FIT provider will meet with you to arrange for a Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Evaluation (CME). This evaluation occurs at your home or in a community location where your child is most comfortable. In preparation for the evaluation, you will be asked for information on your child’s history. An evaluation report is written summarizing findings and making recommendations regarding your child’s eligibility and, if applicable, approaches and strategies to be considered for functional outcomes. During the CME process, your child may receive screenings to determine if there are developmental concerns.

4. Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

At a setting and time convenient for you, an initial IFSP will be developed. You will work with a team of professionals to determine functional outcomes for your child and family, and the services necessary to meet those functional outcomes. Services are delivered according to the IFSP. Ongoing assessments are done; the IFSP is reviewed every six months to determine progress toward functional outcomes and the need for modification of functional outcomes or services.

5. Ongoing Transdisciplinary Team (TT) Meetings

A team of individuals from several areas of specialty will meet regularly to discuss the needs of the child and family through aligning strategies and ongoing consultation and co-visits.

6. Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO)

When your child enters and exits early intervention, three outcomes are assessed. These outcomes focus on skills and abilities children use to be successful in everyday activities and routines in their home, community and their future school settings.

7. Transition

Your Family Service Coordinator will help you with transition planning to ensure a smooth and effective transition from the FIT Program to preschool. Your Family Service Coordinator will help you look at preschool options including preschool special education services, Head Start or a childcare program. A transition conference will occur at least 90 days prior to your child’s third birthday, where representatives from both the current EI provider and the preschool agency are present.