By Anna Maria Vestal
Army Community Services
The Special Needs Accommodation Process/Inclusion Action Team (SNAP/IAT) is a multi-disciplinary team established to ensure the most appropriate placement of children with special needs. The team meets to review any new applications for Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) programs that indicate any possible special needs, review the needs of children already placed in the CYSS program and determine if those needs can be met.
So what is considered a special need? Basically anything that would requires special attention from a caretaker. It can be illnesses and conditions such as allergies, asthma, attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, diabetes, autism, epilepsy, down’s syndrome, seizure disorder as well as physical challenges, learning disability, sensory impairment (hearing/vision), developmental delays, speech/language impairment, food allergies/intolerances and many more.
The team is comprised of the Exceptional Family Member Program Manager, the Army Public Health Nurse, CYSS Training and Curriculum Specialists, CYSS Coordinator/CYSS Program Directors, School Liaison Officer, Appropriate Experts, Parents/Sponsors/Caregivers. Parents may be able to attend if they choose and in certain instances they will be required to attend.
At the meeting the child’s needs are discussed to see if accommodations are necessary and if there are any activity restrictions. Also addressed at the meeting will be the expectations of the service to be provided by the CYSS staff, as well as educational and developmental intervention program information regarding developmental evaluations, and programs and services offered by CYSS. The goal is to ensure that the child has the very best experience at CYSS and that staff are trained to provide the care that a particular child needs.
If your child presents a special need that is new to the staff, they will receive specialized training before your child is entrusted to their care. This training will be in addition to their periodic training that addresses special needs topics that all School Age Care staff receive.
The SNAP/IAT process applies to any child that is receiving care or attending programs and services at CYSS whether the sponsor is Military or civilian. Military Members are mandated to enroll in EFMP for most of these conditions and if they are not enrolled, the EFMP Manager will contact the Service Member and suggest that an enrollment screening into EFMP be initiated.
For additional information contact the EFMP manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.