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Florida Early Intervention Definitions S-Z
A conversion of a raw score on a test or a version of the test to a common scale that allows for a numerical comparison between children/students. Scaled scores are particularly useful for comparing test scores over time since the scale will control slight variations for a test that has changed over the years, resulting in several different versions. In Early Steps the terminology “scaled score” often refers to the score for a BDI-2 subdomain with a mean of 10.
The term means research that involves the application of rigorous, systematic, and objective procedures to obtain reliable and valid knowledge relevant to education activities and programs; and
Includes research that —
A brief procedure designed to identify infants and toddlers who are in need of more intensive evaluation and assessment activities. Screening encompasses activities carried out by qualified Early Steps providers that are intended to identify at an early stage those children who have a high probability of exhibiting delayed development and may be in need of early intervention services. These activities should use appropriate screening tools by personnel trained to administer those tools.
The activities carried out by a service coordinator to assist and enable a child eligible for IDEA, Part C and the child's family to receive the rights, procedural safeguards, and services that are authorized to be provided under Early Steps.
The individual responsible for coordinating the timely implementation of the IFSP. This includes activities that promote and support the IFSP team’s capacities and competencies to identify, obtain, coordinate, refer, monitor, and evaluate resources and services to meet the family’s needs.
Sign language and cued language services include teaching sign language, cued language, and auditory/oral language, providing oral transliteration services (such as amplification), and providing sign and cued language interpretation.
Social Work Services
An individual who has significant knowledge, skills and experience, including advanced training or certification and has demonstrated a high level of competency related to a particular area of practice (e.g., diagnosis/intervention related to autism spectrum disorders).
Speech Language Pathology
A score that indicates the relationship between a child's scores and the scores of children of similar age. Standard scores can be compared similarly across tests.
A written order in which a person is commanded to appear as a witness or provide relevant documents.
Any information (adult and child) about physical abuse, alcohol and drug abuse, psychiatric treatment, tuberculosis (TB), sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS or adoption proceedings.
A meeting required by federal and state regulations and policies that must be conducted at least 90 days prior to the child’s third birthday or, with the consent of all parties, up to nine months prior to the child’s third birthday.
Transportation and related costs
The cost of travel and other costs (e.g., tolls and parking expenses) that are necessary to enable an eligible child and the child's family to receive early intervention services.
Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS)
A program that requires all newborns receive an audiological hearing screen prior to hospital discharge and that also requires referral of infants with diagnosed hearing loss to the primary care physician and to Early Steps.
Ward of the State
A child who as determined by the state where the child resides is a foster child, is a ward of the state, or is in the custody of a public child welfare agency. The term does not include a foster child who has a foster parent who meets the definition of a parent.
Florida Early Steps Policy Definitions