IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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licensed or qualified occupational therapist. Another commenter requested clarification of the role of qualified personnel in conducting evaluations.
Discussion: States have the authority to establish standards for licensure or certification and to determine on a case-by-case basis personnel who meet those standards. Therefore, an individual could only provide services in the area of occupational therapy if that individual meets State approved or recognized certification, licensing, registration or other comparable requirements that apply to the area in which the individual is providing early
intervention services. Paraprofessionals or assistants
could assist in the provision of occupational therapy if they are appropriately trained and supervised in accordance with State law, regulation, or written policy to assist in the provision of early intervention services under Part C of the Act to infants and toddlers with disabilities
pursuant to §303.119(c).
The term “area” as used in §303.31 refers to the
specific domain in which the individual has qualified through State certification, licensing, registration, or other comparable requirements to provide early intervention
services. Thus, revising §303.31 as suggested by this
commenter is not necessary.