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regulatory provisions, amending the language regarding

natural environments in §303.13(a)(8) to reference specific

early intervention services or methods of delivering early intervention services is not necessary.

With regard to the commenter’s suggestion that we add

the phrase “and based on the child’s developmental needs”

to §303.13(a)(8) after the word “appropriate,” §303.13(a)

(4) already provides that early intervention services must be designed to meet the developmental needs of an infant or

toddler with a disability. Therefore, adding “and based on

the child’s developmental needs” would be repetitive and

thus not necessary. Adding the phrase “and based on the

child’s chronological age” to §303.13(a)(8) also is not

necessary because the definition of natural environments in

§303.26 includes environments that are “natural or typical

for a same-aged infant or toddler without a disability.”

This definition takes into account the comparability to same-aged peers as well as the chronological age of the child in the context of natural environments. The Secretary believes that the natural environments provisions in these regulations address sufficiently and appropriately the issues raised by the commenter.

Changes: We have added in §303.13(a)(8) a cross-reference

to §303.344(d).