Early Steps Resources

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Each local Early Steps office is required to have Family Resource Specialists (FRS) involved in their local area. An FRS is a family member of a child who received early intervention services or would have been eligible for early intervention services.

The FRS is a resource for families served through the local Early Steps and serves as a community link to support family centered efforts and activities within the local Early Steps. The FRS advocates for families served by expressing the views, perspectives and needs conveyed by families. The FRS also solicits feedback from families receiving early intervention services to ensure diverse input regarding programs, policies and the delivery of early intervention services.

The FRS also coordinates monthly Toodles playtime for Early Steps families to enjoy some fun activities your child and meet other families. If you are currently enrolled in our program, you can be reimbursed for the cost of the playtime plus mileage with Family Involvement Funds. Sometimes funds are also available to assist your family in attending a conference. If you would like to request this assistance, please click here for the pre-approval form to send to our FRS.

If you would like to speak to our Family Resource Specialist to assist you in finding Resources for your child enrolled in Early Steps; please call (727) 767-4403 or click here to send an email.

Below, you can view our current and past issues of our quarterly newsletter, Family Steps as well as view titles from our extensive resource lending library for families. All files are in Adobe PDF format.

 

Family Resource Library Index
Updated April 2014, 2MB PDF

 

Toodles Playtime Dates

Family Steps Newsletter

Edition In This Issue
Oct-Dec 2014 From the Early Steps State Office * Meet Your FRS  * How Can I Help You? * Become a Fan on Facebook * Statewide Family Surveys * To Label or not to Label * Understanding the ADA * HOT DOCS Program * Sunshine Sundays at Glazer * Differently-Abled Toy Guide * Pizza with the Professionals * HUGS Family Fun Day 2014  * CARD Autism Conference  * ACH Health Portal * Sweet & Treats with Santa * Journey Through Early Steps * Toodles Playtime
Jan-Mar 2014 Your Journey in Early Steps * Meet Your FRS * How Can I Help You? * Become a Fan on Facebook * From The Early Steps State Office * connect with Other Families * Family Involvement Opportunities * Send Us Your Family Stories * Family Involvement Funds * Family Café Conference * Toodles Playtime
Oct-Dec 2013 Your Journey in Early Steps * Meet Your FRS * How Can I Help You? * Become a Fan on Facebook * From The Early Steps State Office * connect with Other Families * Family Involvement Opportunities * Send Us Your Family Stories * Family Involvement Funds * Family Café Conference * Toodles Playtime
Jan-Mar 2013

Your Journey in Early Steps * Meet Your FRS * How Can I Help You? * Become a Fan on Facebook  * Daystar Life Center * Wheelchairs for Kids * Growing Hope Kids * Here We Grow Foundation * Lawyers Autism Awareness * HUGS of Florida * Project Lifesaver * Make a Difference Fishing * Connecting Through Social Media * Seeking a Diagnosis * Family Story Spotlight * Share Your Story Toodles Playtime Flyer

Oct-Dec 2012

Your Journey in Early Steps * About Your FRS * Become a Fan on Facebook * From Our State Office * Community Events * More Community Events * Florida Elks Therapy * Support for Autism Spectrum * Toodles Playtime Flyer * Moving on to Pre-K * SimplyThink FDA Alert * Connecting with Help * FREE Website for Learning * Connect 2 Compete * Special Needs Respite Care * Early Steps Family Story * Sensitive Santa is Coming * Communication is the Key * Halloween and Special Needs * FREE Behavior Workshop * Preschool Language Classes * Mobile Medical in Pinellas * Art for All Kids * Museum Sunshine Sunday * Health Insurance for Grandkids * Find the Fun Now * Free Gas USA * Acronym Soup * When Children ‘Just Play' * Super Duper Handouts * Kindness, Pass it On * Free Diapers * Books About Disabilities * Child Care Resource & Referral

July-Sept 2012

Your Journey in Early Steps * About Your FRS * Become a Fan on Facebook  * From Our State Office * Community Events * More Community Events * Low Tech Ideas * Disabilities F.A.I.R. * Consignment Sales * ESE Advisory Committees * Songs of Long * Toodles Playtime Flyer * Brave Kids * Bumbo Baby Seat Recall * Equipment Assistance & More * Living with Sensory Challenges * Moving on to Pre-K at Age 3 * Communication Tools * FDLRS Wikispace Resource * Limiting Screen Time * Application Suggestions * Dreams Do Come True * Access Florida Information * New Differently-abled Guide * Pocket Doc App. Available * Car Safety Tips

May 2012 Family Café Conference * About Your FRS * Become a Fan on Facebook * Your Journey in Early Steps * The IFSP Process * Community Events * Consignment Sale Events * Free Workshops For Parents * Next Steps Seminars * Communication Tools * FDLRS Wikispace Resource * Early Steps, Early Wishes * Kids Toolbox Now Open * The Autism Center at ACH * New Resources For Families * Playtime Better Than Tube * Agency Spotlight: APD * Help For Military Families * Grandparents Hernando * Hernando Autism Support * Glazer Sunshine Sundays * Early Learning Coalition Update * Support for Foreclosure * Pocket Doc App. Available * Parenting Classes in St. Pete * Toodles Playtime Flyer
March 2012 Family Café Conference * About Your FRS * Become a Fan on Facebook * Your Journey in Early Steps * The IFSP Process * Community Events * Choose My Plate Online * Consignment Sale Events * Free Workshops For Parents * Next Steps Seminars * Communication Tools * Are Mealtimes Challenging? * Parents Helping Parents * Free Pass to Busch Gardens * AbleVillage Online Resource * There's an APP for That! * Nathaniel's Hope New Website * Low Tech, Low Cost Ideas * Childhood Inclusion Guide * New Resources for ASD * There's a New Kid in Town * Social Security Changes * Share Family Stories * Get Involved, Stay Involved * Family Village Online Resource * Teamwork Tip for Families * Free Printables * Hello, I am Norm * How Early Steps Helped Me * Social Stories Online * Toodles Playtime Flyer