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For a child without a diagnosed physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay, clinical opinion may be used in evaluating a child to establish eligibility but it may not be used to negate eligibility established through the use of other appropriate evaluation instruments.

Changes: None.

Procedures for assessment of the child and family (new

§303.321(c)) (proposed §303.320(b) and (c))

Comment: Two commenters recommended adding language to new

§303.321(c) (proposed §303.320(b) and (c)) to require the

qualified personnel who perform the assessment of a child to be from disciplines that relate to the concerns and needs for which the child was referred for Part C services.

Discussion: As defined in §303.321(a)(2)(ii), the term

assessment means the ongoing procedures used by qualified

personnel to identify the child’s unique strengths and

needs and the early intervention services appropriate to

meet these needs throughout the period of the child’s

eligibility under this part. These qualified personnel must review the results of the evaluation conducted under

new §303.321(b) (proposed §303.320(a)(2)); observe the

child; and identify the child’s needs in each of the

developmental areas in §303.21(a)(1). Qualified personnel,