Early Intervention And Education For Babies With HIE
Getting an early start on care and support for a baby who has been diagnosed with HIE can go a long way to help that child lead the best life possible. Early intervention focuses on the support and services that are available to a child who has developmental delays and disabilities. Early intervention programs also provide support to the child’s family. The following are some of the ways in which early intervention can help:
Physical therapy, speech therapy, and other types of therapy that may be available to the child and the family
Assist the child with the skills that can help overcome some of the challenges the child might face going into the future…this can increase chances of success in school, and life in general
How Do You Know If Your Child Is Eligible For Early Intervention Services?
An assessment based on your child’s skills and abilities with be done to determine eligibility for early intervention services. A doctor’s referral is not needed when seeking eligibility for early intervention services. If your child is under 3 years old, click the link above to “each state” and tell the person on the phone that, “I would like to have my child evaluated for early intervention services based on my concerns about my child’s development.”
Individuals With Disabilities Education Act
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is, “a law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children.” IDEA governs how states and public agencies “provide early intervention, special education, and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.”
Formula grants to states to support special education and related services and early intervention services.
Discretionary grants to state educational agencies, institutions of higher education, and other nonprofit organizations to support research, demonstrations, technical assistance and dissemination, technology development, personnel preparation and development, and parent-training and -information centers.
To find your state contact, follow the link HERE for more information.
Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
When a child has suffered a brain injury at birth, and has a subsequent HIE diagnosis, there may be delays in certain brain functions. These delays can impact how a child processes information. Because this can be the case, individual education plans, or IEPs, can be used to help a child get the specialized and related services to help with their education. An IEP is created and developed by a group of experts with various educational backgrounds, family members of the child with the disability, the child, and any other advocate for the child. Below are some of the things that an IEP will contain:
The services that your child qualifies
The current level of your child’s educational abilities
How well your child with a disability is progressing in the current general curriculum
Goals that can be measured yearly for your child’s education
According to information provided by the US Department of Education, “To create an effective IEP, parents, teachers, other school staff–and often the student–must come together to look closely at the student’s unique needs. These individuals pool knowledge, experience and commitment to design an educational program that will help the student be involved in, and progress in, the general curriculum. The IEP guides the delivery of special education supports and services for the student with a disability. Without a doubt, writing–and implementing–an effective IEP requires teamwork.”
The Basic Special Education Process Under IDEA
Under IDEA, the creation of an IEP for your child can be broken down into a 10-step process. This is because the creation of the IEP should be viewed in the context of the bigger picture of the special education process under IDEA. Below is a snapshot of the 10-step process. Visit A Guide to the Individualized Education Program for a more detailed analysis.
- Child is identified as possibly needing special education and related services.
- Child is evaluated.
- Eligibility is decided.
- Child is found eligible for services.
- IEP meeting is scheduled.
- IEP meeting is held and the IEP is written.
- Services are provided.
- Progress is measured and reported to parents.
- IEP is reviewed.
- Child is reevaluated.
Why We Care
The HIE Resource Place is a website owned and operated by Boston Law Group, LLC. We are birth trauma legal professionals who help families gain an understanding into the world of HIE. This website is a continuation of our mission (more than 200k views on our YouTube educational video channel) to provide families with an avenue to learn more about their baby’s HIE condition from a medical legal standpoint.
It has been our experience that for many families, when a baby is diagnosed with HIE, there are many questions. From how did the HIE diagnosis occur, to what do we do now, families can experience fear and isolation due to “not knowing what’s next.”
Please use this website to expand your understanding of HIE from a medical legal standpoint and do not hesitate to contact us regarding your questions. If you are wondering, you only pay our legal fees if we win for you and your family. We can be reached for a free discussion and talk about your baby’s story at 1-833-4HIEHELP or 1-833-444-3435.