Individual Distance Learning Plan (IDLP)
While students receive their instruction in a distance learning format, students will continue to have their services documented in an Individual Distance Learning Plan (IDLP). The IDLP will align with each students’ IEP and describe the delivery of special education services in the distance format. Special education teachers/case managers will update the IDLP in collaboration with parents/guardians.
Speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy delivered using a variety of methodologies. As agreed upon in the IDLP, services will be provided through direct tele-visits and may include both individual and small-group sessions. Services may also be delivered in a plug-in model, with a related service provider joining students’ virtual class to deliver direct services.
Screening and evaluations for students ages 3–5 will be conducted virtually. Screening and assessment measures include an extensive parent interview, a review of the preschool teacher questionnaire, and other documents, when available. Standardized measures, including parent rating scales, are administered virtually when possible, given the parameters of each assessment and the individualized needs of the student. Direct observations of the student in their home environment are conducted when feasible.
Evaluations conducted by occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech/language pathologists, and other related service providers are conducted virtually. Evaluations may include parent interviews, student observations in their home environment, and standardized measures as appropriate.
Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers Program (MCITP) Early Intervention Services
Children with disabilities and their families enrolled in MCITP participate in family coaching services based on the Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) outcomes as modified and agreed upon by each family and staff member. Services provided are documented in Family Visit Notes in the Maryland Online IFSP.
In addition to individual family coaching, services may include:
- Virtual group parent training
- Assessment of children referred for eligibility for the program and services
- Virtual small group sessions facilitated by an Infants and Toddlers Program provider, with children and families to facilitate direct interaction with peers
- Support to families through the transition from MCITP at age three to special education pre-K programs and services