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Part C

Early Identification and Referral

Part C

Early Identification and Referral

This page was last updated on Jun 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm


It is important for state deaf-blind project personnel to be familiar with the Part C process, beginning with Child Find and moving through to the provision of services.  In addition, it is helpful to become familiar with the terms used by TRACE (Tracking Referral and Assessment Center for Excellence) in its work identifying evidence-based child find, referral and early identification practices. The table below describes important terms and lists categories of practices associated with each.

Major Categories of Practices
Child Findthe methods and procedures used by Part C or Part B (619) programs to locate infants, toddlers and preschoolers who are in need of, or potentially in need of, Part C early intervention or Part B (619) preschool education.  The term refers specifically to the efforts and activities of program practitioners that locate, identify, and promote referrals to early intervention o r preschool special education programs. 

  • Public Awareness
  • Outreach Programs
  • Community-Based Screening Programs
  • Risk Registries
  • Tracking Programs
  • Partnerships and Collaborative Projects 

Referral – the procedures or steps taken by an individual  or group on behalf of an infant, toddler or preschooler to obtain  the opinion, supports or services of another individual or group for  a child; encompasses a range of activities influencing decision-making processes used  by primary referral sources to recommend or  suggest provision of early intervention or special education and the decisions made by parents to seek out early childhood intervention program practitioner opinion or advice 

  • Referral  Systems
  • Primary Referral Sources
  • Health Care Planning
  • Physician Education
  • Policy and Position Statements

Early Identificationa broad range of methods, procedures, and practices used to determine the presence of a condition or identified disability that results in a developmental delay or places a child at risk for a developmental delay or poor outcomes. 

  • Screening Practices
  • Parent Appraisals
  • Risk Assessments
  • Teaming/Assessment Models
  • Assessment Methods

Eligibility – the procedures and criteria used to determine if a child meets the definitions for Part C or Part B (619) program enrollment

  • Eligibility Determination
  • Eligibility Definitions
  • Eligibility Policies and Practices 

(Taken from material by Dunst & Trivette in TRACElines/Volume 1/Number 2/August 2004) 

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