Definitions and Frequently Asked Questions

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What does “conditions or disorders with a high probability of resulting in a delay” mean?

“High probability” means that current research findings indicate that at least 50% of children with a given condition will experience a developmental delay in one or more areas of development.

Is there a list of example conditions with a high probability of resulting in a delay at school age?

Yes. Visit the High Probability Conditions Web page for examples.

How will I know if a condition is one that meets the eligibility criteria if the condition is not listed?

First, obtain the name of all diagnoses, conditions or disorders from the child´s health care or mental health provider. Review the literature and available research in order to learn more about the condition. And finally, solicit input from the child´s health care provider(s) to assist in establishing eligibility by using Informed Clinical Opinion independently. For more information, visit the High Probability Conditions webpage for examples.

What does “assessment and evaluation procedures” mean?

Assessment and evaluation are completed by a licensed professional (i.e. special education teacher, psychologist) in cooperation with a child´s parents. There are numerous tools that may be used depending on a child´s age and ability.

See also:
Evaluation as defined in MN Administrative Rules 3525.1350 Subp 4.

See also:
Evaluation and Assessment as defined by the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)

Are there other resources in Minnesota for early intervention services?

Yes, please visit: Minnesota Department of Education – Early Learning Services.


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