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Georgia Early Intervention Definitions N-Z

Native Language

When used with respect to an individual with limited English means:

    • The language normally used by child or the parents of the child;
    • For evaluations and assessments, the language normally used by the child, if determined developmentally appropriate for the child by qualified personnel conducting the evaluation or assessment.

When used with respect to an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired, or for an individual with no written language, Native Language means the mode of communication that is normally used by the individual (such as sign language, Braille, or oral communication).

Natural Environment

Settings that is natural or typical for infants and toddlers who are your child’s age and who do not have a disability, may include the home or community settings.


Broad, general target areas of development written by the IFSP Team.


In accordance with 34 C.F.R ยง 303.27:

    • A biological or adoptive parent of a child
    • A foster parent
    • A guardian generally authorized to act as the child’s parent, or authorized to make early intervention, educational, health or developmental decisions for the child. (NOTE: A service provider from a State agency or EI program may not act as a parent for the purposes of Part C. (e.g., if the child is a ward of the State, DFCS cannot act as the parent)
    • An educational surrogate appointed by the Office of Special Education
    • An individual acting in the place of a biological or adoptive parent (including a grandparent, stepparent, or other relative) with whom the child lives, or an individual who is legally responsible for the child’s welfare or destruction of records

Part B

Part of IDEA that regulates educational services to children with disabilities ages 3-21.

Part C

Part of IDEA that governs early intervention services for infants and toddlers (ages birth thru 2) with disabilities and their families.

Participating agency

Any individual, agency or entity that collects, maintains or uses personally identifiable information to implement the requirements in Part C with respect to a particular child.

Payor of Last Resort

Federal law requires that states identify and coordinate the usage of all available resources (public and private insurance, as well as sliding fee scale, such as the Family Cost Participation) to pay for early intervention services before using Part C funds (BCW funds).

Personally Identifiable Information (PII) – Any information that can be used to uniquely identify, contact or locate an individual, or can be used with other sources to uniquely identify a person.

Physical Development

Includes movement, gross and fine motor functioning, height, weight, vision and hearing.

Primary Service Provider (PSP)

The Early Intervention team member who will be the family’s primary contact for EI services and help the family address the child’s development from a holistic perspective.

Prior Written Notice

A written explanation provided to parents a reasonable time before an Early Intervention provider proposes or refuses to initiate or change the identification, evaluation, or placement of the infant or toddler. Prior written notice contains sufficient information to inform parents about the action being proposed or refused, the reason for the action, and all procedural safeguards available to parents.

Procedural Safeguards

Policies and practices to establish and document that all guaranteed rights of the parent and child with a disability are enacted as mandated by IDEA.

SEA/LEA State/Local Educational Agency

he Georgia State Department of Education and its local school systems (Division for Exceptional Students) take the lead in the provision of free and appropriate preschool educational services for children determined eligible according to Part B of IDEA.

Section 619 of Part B of the IDEA – The federal regulations for special education and related services for children ages three through five; also referred to as preschool special education.

Service Coordinator – An individual who assists and enables a child eligible for Babies Can't Wait and the child's family to receive the rights, procedural safeguards, and supports that are authorized to be provided under Part C of IDEA. Page 128 of 202

SICC State Interagency Coordinating Council

The State Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) is appointed by the Governor, advises and assists the Department of Public Health in providing an appropriate, family-centered, comprehensive service delivery system which promotes optimal child development and family functioning within natural environments.

Significant Developmental Delay

A category of eligibility used by Babies Can’t Wait under IDEA, Part C.

Single Point of Entry (SPOE)

The single entity designated by the local lead agency in each local Part C system where families and primary referral sources make initial contact with the local Part C system.

Social-emotional development

The developmental area that involves skills that enable a child to function in a group and to interact appropriately with others.

State Complaint

A written signed complaint filed by an individual or an agency to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) against a local BCW program or early intervention provider that is violating a requirement of the Part C program. DPH is responsible for conducting an investigation and making a decision about the complaint.

Supplemental Visits

Additional service(s) authorized on the IFSP to support the Primary Service Provider.

Transition Conference

A meeting of the family, representatives from Babies Can't Wait and others who will be working with the child and family after the child leaves Babies Can’t Wait. This can include staff from the local school, Head Start staff, staff from the local child care center, or anyone else who will be caring for the child. These individuals meet to begin discussions and planning for the child at least 90 days prior to the child’s third birthday in order to ensure a smooth and effective transition on or before the child’s third birthday.


Georgia BCW Policy Manual Appendix A

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