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Georgia Early Intervention Definitions A-C


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Adaptive Development

Self-care skills such as dressing, eating, and toileting.

Adjusted Age

age adjustment for the baby’s prematurity calculated by starting with the chronological age and subtracting the number of weeks of prematurity from that age. (e.g., Actual age is six months and born three months premature, the adjusted age is three months.)


Speaking or acting on behalf of a child to achieve change and/or to ensure that the services that are appropriate for the child are received.


Strengths-based examination of the child’s performance and development and monitoring for progress by qualified personnel. This information is useful for program planning. The planning process identifies all of the appropriate supports and resources to address the child and family’s needs which may include community, private or other service options.

Assistive Technology (AT)

Includes devices and services. Assistive technology devices include any item, piece of equipment, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Assistive technology services include any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.

Babies Can’t Wait (BCW)

Georgia’s statewide early intervention (IDEA, Part C) system.


Babies Information and Billing System utilized by the Department of Public Health Babies Can’t Wait program to process and pay provider claims

Category 1

Established list of automatically eligible mental or physical conditions that may lead to developmental delay.

Category 2

Eligibility category based on a significant developmental delay in one or more areas of development or moderate delay in two or more areas of development.


Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

Chase and Pay

A method in which providers submit claims to the appropriate fund source (private insurance, Medicaid, CMOs) independently.

Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

Federal legislation that includes provisions requiring referral of all children birth to 2 years of age with substantiated cases of abuse or neglect to the Part C system in each State. In Georgia, the Part C system is Babies Can't Wait.

Child Find

A comprehensive and coordinated system to locate, identify, refer and evaluate (determine eligibility) for all infant and toddlers with disabilities in Georgia who are eligible for services under Part C.

Children 1st

Georgia’s system that provides families of children 0-5 years of age with a single point of entry into a wide range of public health and community programs.

Children’s Medical Services

Public Health program that provides care coordination and a comprehensive system of medical/health care for eligible children, birth to 21, with chronic medical conditions. Eligibility for the program includes medical and financial requirements.

Chronological Age

The age of the baby from the day of birth to the current date – the number of days, weeks, or years old of the baby. It may also be referred to as the “actual age.”


A voluntary, collaborative partnership between early intervention providers and the important people in a child’s life designed for sharing knowledge and promoting the development of one’s competence in a specific role or situation.

Cognitive development

The developmental area that involves thinking skills, including the ability to receive, process, analyze and, understand information.


Talking, gesturing, or signing; listening and understanding.


Georgia BCW Policy Manual Appendix A

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