The ultimate goal of the Service Coordinator is to empower family members and to ensure that the child and family receive all needed services.
WHAT IS A SERVICE COORDINATOR?
- PARTNER Works with families to meet their needs
- CONSULTANT Shares information
- PLANNER Helps identify and clarify goals
- TEACHER Informs families about services
- PROVIDER Connects families with resources, services and support
- MONITOR Documents, tracks and evaluates services
- ADVOCATE Influences systems and decision-makers
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SERVICE COORDINATOR
- Supports family members efforts to gain skills and confidence in their roles and responsibilities related to their child’s needs.
- Links families to other resources.
- Informs family members of their rights, obligations and responsibilities under the Early Intervention Services System.
- Assists the family and other IFSP team members in the development and implementation of the IFSP.
- Assists family members as their child transitions within EI and beyond the Early Intervention Services System.
TIPS FOR YOU IN WORKING WITH YOUR SERVICE COORDINATOR:
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- Two heads are always better then one when brainstorming ideas.
- Keep your Service Coordinator updated with information and changes, such as change in insurance coverage, employment changes, ncome changes, etc…
“Hold up your end of the bargain”: you are an important part of the team. Report to your Service Coordinator any problems with the services or service providers defined in your child’s IFSP.
“I have found CFC to be a wonderful organization with genuine concerns
for my son. My service coordinator has been exceptional in her efforts
to provide me with information at every stage of the process.
Her concerns are touching and her knowledge is impressive.
We couldn’t possibly be more pleased.”
– Robin, mother – Metropolis, Illinois