CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

 

Finding child care that meets a child’s needs can sometimes be an overwhelming task for parents.  When your child has a disability there are even more factors to be taken into consideration.  Inclusion Specialists with the Indiana Partnership for Inclusive Child Care (IPICC) project understand the challenges that parents go through on their search for child care and are here to assist.  Enhanced referrals, on-site technical assistance and linkages to community resources are available through the Inclusion Specialists to assist families.

 

Inclusion Specialists:

There are nine Inclusion Specialists (one in each child care resource and referral agency) to assist you.  The Inclusion Specialists provide training, on-site technical assistance, resources and other services to assist families in finding care for their child with a special need, training for the child care provider once care has been found or linkages to other community resources.  To access the name and contact information for your Inclusion Specialist, please click here.

 

Trainings:

Inclusion Specialists throughout the state offer a variety of trainings related to disability and challenging behavior issues.  Trainings are offered throughout the state each month.  Feel free to access any training throughout the state.  

Interested in receiving training from the comfort of your own home?  Access one of the many webinars that are offered on a monthly basis.  Click here  for “Training Central”.  You can register for the webinars from there. 

 

Looking for Child Care?  We Can Help!

We have staff available to assist you in your search for child care for your child with a special need.  Consumer Education Specialists will talk with you regarding your child’s needs, location where care is needed, etc.  You will also be put in contact with your local Inclusion Specialist for additional information and resources for finding appropriate high quality inclusive child care.  To start your child care search, call 1-800-299-1627.

Interested in finding out what you should look for in a high-quality inclusive child care setting?  Check out the “Choosing High-Quality Child Care for a Child with Special Needs” brochure located here .  This brochure can be printed off and taken with you on your child care visits.  It provides questions to ask the provider, key indicators of high-quality care and a checklist to help you identify high quality care.

Help your child care provider get to know your child better!  Print off and complete the “What My Child Needs” sheet.   Give the caregiver information about what it will take to help your child have a good day whether it’s a piece of specialized equipment or more general suggestions like a specific toy at nap.

 

Specialized Services:

Do you have concern about your child’s development?  First Steps is Indiana’s early intervention system providing services for children birth – three years of age with developmental delays.  Click here  for additional information, and to see if First Steps is right for your family, what services are provided through First Steps, how to apply for First Steps services and more.

Children three years of age and up with special needs are served by the Special Education division of your local school system.  To find information pertaining to services for children this age click here .