IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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health services in §303.16. Specifically, “mapping” and
“optimization” refer to adjusting the electrical
stimulation levels provided by the cochlear implant that is necessary for long-term post-surgical follow-up of a cochlear implant. The maintenance and monitoring of surgically implanted devices such as cochlear implants require the expertise of a licensed physician or an individual with specialized expertise beyond that typically available from early intervention service providers. While the cochlear implant must be mapped properly in order for an infant or toddler with a disability to hear well while receiving early intervention services, the mapping does not have to be done as a part of early intervention service delivery in order for it to be effective.
Particularly with young children, EIS providers are
frequently the first to notice changes in an infant’s or
toddler’s ability to perceive sounds. A decrease in an
infant’s or toddler’s ability to perceive sounds may
manifest itself as decreased attention or understanding on the part of the infant or toddler or increased frustration in communicating. Such changes may indicate a need for remapping, and we would expect that EIS providers would
communicate with the child’s parents about their
observations. To the extent that adjustments to the