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Adaptive Equipment


NOCAC Head Start staff will implement special interventions, as needed, based on the individual needs of the child, by making necessary modifications and providing specialized adaptive equipment.


  1. Staff will provide a written request for adaptive equipment in their classroom to the Disability Services Coordinator (DSC).
    1. Request will include
      1. Child’s name and DOB
      2. Site/Classroom
      3. Adaptive equipment they are requesting
      4. Reason for request (behaviors occurring)
      5. How equipment will be used to assist challenging behaviors
      6. Estimated duration of equipment use
  2. The DSC will consult with the other service providers who are currently working with the child to determine needs and strengths.
  3. If need is determined appropriate, parental involvement and awareness will be facilitated by the DSC.
    1. No adaptive equipment will be made available without consent of parents.
  4. The Adaptive Equipment Plan (form MH1 –  Sensory/Adaptive Equipment Plan) will be completed with parental consent.
  5. The DSC will make classroom visits to monitor ongoing needs and provide consultation with the classroom staff and parents.

Forms and Additional Guidance:

MH1 – Sensory/Adaptive Equipment Plan

Sensory/Adaptive Equipment Plan – SPANISH

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:   1302.61 (a)
ODJFS Child Care Manual:    
CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children:    
Other Sources:    


Effective Date:   8/17/18 Reviewed Date:   6/9/22
Approved By Policy Council:   8/17/18 Revision Approved By Policy Council:    
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