The tension builds as you sit in the IFSP meeting…
The discussion began as a celebration of the child’s progress but gradually becomes more tense as the child’s IFSP outcomes are reviewed. As each outcome is discussed, the speech therapist feels that the child has met it but the mother disagrees. She says that the child talks more during the therapy sessions than he does when the therapist is not in the home. The therapist suggests that the child no longer needs therapy because he is doing so well with his communication development and has met his milestones. The mother, however, strongly expresses her wish for her son to stay in speech therapy to make sure that he continues to develop and is able to talk as much between therapy visits as he does during them.
This puts you, the service coordinator, in difficult position – one of mediator between two differing points of view. What do you do??
Consider how you would handle this situation if you were the service coordinator, or perhaps you are another service provider with an additional opinion to share. How would you help the team move forward?
Do you support discharging the child from speech therapy? Or do you write new goals and continue intervention?
Is there a compromise here?
How do you facilitate this discussion so that all points of view are considered?
What information could you have gathered before this IFSP meeting that might have made this meeting go more smoothly?
Share your thoughts and ideas by leaving a comment below. If you haven’t been in this situation yet, you will be someday! Use this opportunity to prepare so that you will be ready to navigate your team through differing opinions,