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system must include a multidisciplinary assessment of the unique strengths and needs of the infant or toddler and the identification of services appropriate to meet such needs. Section 636 of the Act states that the IFSP shall contain a statement of specific early intervention services and

§§303.343 and 303.344 require the IFSP Team (which includes

the parent) to identify the early intervention services

appropriate to meet the child’s needs at the IFSP Team

meeting. This requirement is not replaced by the assessment; rather, the assessment serves to inform the IFSP Team process by identifying the developmental strengths and needs of the child. We believe that this facilitates rather than preempts important decisions that need to be made through the IFSP process.

Changes: The procedures for assessment of the child have

been changed in new §303.321(a)(1)(ii) and (c)(1) (proposed

§303.320(b), (c), and (d)) to include the identification of

the child’s unique strengths and needs and the early

intervention services appropriate to meet those needs.

Further, new §303.321(c)(1) (proposed §303.320(b), (c), and

(d)) has been revised to clarify that an assessment of the child must include a review of the results of the

evaluation conducted under new §303.321(b) (proposed

§303.320(a)(2)), personal observations of the child, and