Posted: Fri, 06/19/2015 - 12:36pm Updated: Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:26am

This video is a resource to families, providers and referral sources that describes the differences and similarities between Indiana First Steps therapy intervention for children birth to 36 months and therapy intervention provided in the public preschool special education program. In a question answer format comprised in nine modules, therapy providers in both First Steps and public school preschool special education discuss their work in Indiana’s two intervention systems.

Original air date: 10/01/2013



Module 1: Introduction and Overview of Indiana’s Two early intervention system: Indiana First Steps and Public Preschool Special Education

This module reviews the importance of the early years to address learning and developmental challenges. In a question answer format comprised in nine modules, Indiana’s two service delivery systems, First Steps and Public Preschool Special education are highlighted as providers in speech, occupational and physical therapy discuss the differences and similarities between developmental and educational models of service delivery.



Module 2: Federal and state law governing First Steps and Public Preschool Special Education

This module provides a historical overview of laws that were enacted to allow states to provide early intervention services to young children.


Module 3: Service Model Differences

In this module, therapists discuss their therapy model focus, eligibility determination, public school related services, and what happens when a child does not qualify for therapy intervention.


Module 4: Service Plans and Programs

In this module the therapists discuss the collaboration with families to design an intervention plan or program, goal development, services needed, where services will take place, how long a therapy session lasts, and who will provide the service.


Module 5: Service Provision

In this module, we learn the therapists describe how therapy looks in each service system.


Module 6: Family Involvement

Therapist review how they involve and communicate progress with families.


Module 7: Service Funding

In this module, the therapists discuss how their therapy services are funded.


Module 8: Benefits and Challenges of each Therapy Model

The therapists discuss from their experience what the benefits and challenges of providing therapy in their service model.


Module 9: Conclusion

This module recaps the value of reaching young children early in their life because the impact on later learning has a stronger impact. In the early learning years a child’s developing brain is most capable of change, and interventions are more effective and the necessity of future services are greatly reduced.


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