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environment (e.g. clinic, hospital, service provider’s

office). In such cases, a justification must be included

in the IFSP, pursuant to §303.344(d)(1)(ii)(A).

Concerning the comment to add a reference to family routines and activities to the definition of natural

environments, §303.26 allows for and supports providing

services within family routines and activities.

Changes: We have added in the definition of natural

environments in §303.26 the phrase “or community settings”

after “home” and the phrase “same-aged” before the phrase

“infant or toddler without a disability.” We also have

replaced the reference to “normal” with “typical.”

Parent (§303.27)

Comment: While a few commenters supported the changes to the definition of parent, a majority of commenters did not support the proposed changes and recommended that the

definition of parent in §303.27 be amended. One commenter

requested that “non-relative caregivers” be included in the

definition of parent.

Discussion: The definition of parent in §303.27 reflects

section 602(23) of the Act and is consistent with the definition of parent in 34 CFR 300.30 of the Part B

regulations. Adding “non-relative caregivers” to these

regulations is not necessary because when the child lives