ERIC Number: ED343371
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-May
Developmental Delay: Establishing Parameters for a Preschool Category of Exceptionality.
McLean, Mary; And Others
This position paper addresses the creation of a new category of eligibility for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, "Developmental Delay," which would only be applicable to children ages 3 to 5. Such a classification would address concerns about labeling young children, lack of confidence in assessment procedures for children this age, and the reluctance of many states to use eligibility categories other than those explicitly identified in the federal legislation. This paper discusses the impact of such a change on the number of children served (no differences were found between states using categorical versus noncategorical approaches to handicap identification). It offers guidelines for defining developmental delay including documentation of delayed development by use of standard deviations on standardized developmental assessment instruments supported by additional documentation by qualified professionals as well as use of nondiscriminatory procedures. It addresses concerns about the transition from the "developmentally delayed" category to categorical eligibility at the age of 6. (14 references) (DB)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Definitions, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Eligibility, Evaluation Methods, Federal Legislation, Handicap Identification, Incidence, Labeling (of Persons), Policy Formation, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Special Education, Special Needs Students, Standardized Tests, State Standards, Student Evaluation
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA. Div. for Early Childhood.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act