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family” from §303.13(a)(4).

Comment: A few commenters recommended adding the word

“language” in §303.13(a)(4)(iii) regarding communication

development because communication and language have separate meanings and the regulations should make that distinction.

Discussion: The list of developmental areas in §303.13(a)

(4) reflects the requirements in section 632(4)(C) of the

Act. The Department’s position is that communication is a

broader developmental area than language but that it includes language, and thus no further change is necessary.

Changes: None.

Comment: One commenter recommended clarifying in

§303.13(a)(4)(iv), which identifies social or emotional

development as an area in which early intervention services may be provided, the differences between the terms social development and emotional development because they are separate developmental processes. Another commenter

recommended adding “social skills” to the list of

developmental areas in §303.13(a)(4).

Discussion: Social and emotional development are two distinct developmental areas. Therefore, section 632(4)(C)

(iv) of the Act and §303.13(a)(4)(iv) use the term “or” to

make clear that early intervention services may address a