|(a) The IFSP team, which includes the service coordinator,
must conduct a comprehensive needs assessment initially and annually
as part of the IFSP process. The comprehensive needs assessment must
identify and document:
(1) the needs of the child in each developmental area
as listed in 34 CFR 303.21(a)(1), including those identified through
the evaluation and observation;
(2) the family's concerns regarding their child's development
and the supports and services necessary to enhance the family's capacity
to meet the developmental needs of their child;
(3) the functional abilities and unique strengths of
the child; and
(4) the family's description of their resources, concerns,
and priorities related to enhancing the child's development.
(b) The assessment of the child must include:
(1) a review of the results of the child's evaluation;
(2) personal observations of the child; and
(3) the identification of the child's needs in each
of the developmental areas listed in 34 CFR §303.21(a)(1).
(c) The contractor must offer to conduct a family-directed
assessment and comply with requirements in 34 CFR §303.321(c)
(relating to Procedures for assessment of the child and family) to
identify the family's resources, priorities, and concerns and the
supports and services necessary to enhance the family's capacity to
meet the developmental needs of the child. The family-directed assessment
(1) be voluntary on the part of each family member
participating in the assessment; and
(2) be based on information obtained through the assessment
tool and also through an interview with those family members participating
in the assessment.
(d) Providers must assess and document the child's
progress and needs of the family on an ongoing basis.