Ok, IFSP does not stand for "I Find Some Problems." It stands for Individual Family Service Plan. An IFSP is a summary of services for a child who has developmental delays before the age of 3. This is to assess her eligibility for services, but she is automatically eligible because she has Down Syndrome. Once she turns 3, she will get an Individual Education Plan (IEP), which is geared towards preparing Evie for school. There are an awful lot of acronyms in the world of special ed, and I am still learning. Basically a team from the Early Intervention program comes to our house, and they have a checklist of developmental skills to assess. She gets a score in each category at the end, and then they tell us how Evie is doing compared to her peers. Last time we did this, she was 3 months old, the questions cracked me up, because she was only 3 months old and couldn't do most of the things listed (but who can?). 3-month old Evie (and Violet) 14 month old Evie!
While sharing our journey with Down Syndrome, we want to help other parents with our experiences, as well as spread awareness about what it means to have Down Syndrome (spoiler: it means great things!).