IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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Comment: One commenter requested that we clarify in the definition of early intervention services that EIS providers who work with infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families should focus their services on ensuring that family members and children have the tools needed to continue developing the skills identified in the IFSP whenever a learning opportunity presents itself even when a teacher or therapist is not present.
Discussion: Section 303.344(d) requires the IFSP to include the early intervention services that are necessary to meet the unique needs of the child and family to achieve the results or outcomes identified in the IFSP. If the IFSP Team determines that a child or family needs services to help the child learn when a teacher or therapist is not present, then that outcome, and services to meet that outcome, must be included in the IFSP. This individualized approach, in which appropriate outcomes and services are
determined by the IFSP Team in light of each child’s unique
needs, is appropriate and is addressed sufficiently under this part. Therefore, clarifying the definition of early intervention services, as requested by the commenter, is not necessary.
Concerning the comment about providing family members with the necessary tools to help an infant or toddler with