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U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

Parent counseling and training (Sec. 300.34(c)(8))

Comment: A few commenters stated that the definition of parent counseling and training in Sec. 300.34(c)(8) is not included in the definition of related services in section 602(26)(A) of the Act and, therefore, should not be included in the regulations.

Discussion: Paragraphs (i) and (ii) of Sec. 300.34(c)(8), regarding assisting parents in understanding the special needs of their child, and providing parents with information about child development, respectively, are protected by section 607(b) of the Act, and cannot be removed. Section 300.34(c)(8)(iii), regarding helping parents acquire the skills to allow them to support the implementation of their child's IEP or IFSP, was added in the 1999 regulations to recognize the more active role of parents as participants in the education of their children. Although not included in the Act, we believe it is important to retain this provision in these regulations so that there is no question that parent counseling and training includes helping parents acquire skills that will help them support the implementation of their child's IEP or IFSP.

Changes: None.

Comment: One commenter recommended that the regulations describe the responsibility of LEAs to provide parent counseling and training.

Discussion: As with other related services, an LEA only is responsible for providing parent counseling and training if a child's IEP Team determines that it is necessary for the child to receive FAPE. To include this language in the definition of parent counseling and training, moreover, would be unnecessarily duplicative of Sec. 300.17(d), which states that FAPE means special education and related services that are provided in conformity with an IEP that meets the requirements in Sec. Sec. 300.320 through 300.324.

Changes: None.