Child Find is a term that describes Denton ISD’s commitment to identifying and evaluating all students in our district who are in need of special education and related services.
     Frequently asked questions 

    How old does a child need to be in order to be evaluated?
     Students who may have a visual or auditory impairment can be referred at birth.  For other suspected disabilities, any student between the ages of 3 and 21 can be referred.

    Who usually recognizes the possible disability?   
    Often it is a parent or family member, Pediatricians, preschool teachers, and family friends may also notice a possible disability.

    What disabilities are identified through the school district’s Child Find program?
    A full, individual evaluation is done to identify the following areas of disability: speech impairment, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, traumatic brain injury, intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, specific learning disability, visual impairment, auditory impairment, deaf-blind, and multiple disabilities.

    Who does the evaluation?    
    A multi-disciplinary team of professionals conducts the evaluation.This may include an educational diagnostician, a speech/language pathologist, and a licensed specialist in school psychology. The parent is part of the team as is a teacher if the student is in school.

    What if my child is home schooled or in private school?
    If the student is being educated in a home school program or a private school program that is within the attendance zone of Denton ISD, then Denton ISD will conduct the evaluation.

    How long does the process take?
    From the time the parent signs consent for evaluation, the team has 45 school days to evaluate and complete its report.  Then within the next 30 calendar days, the team will schedule a meeting to review the evaluation and make recommendations based on their findings.
    How do I refer my child?

    If your child is already in school, then talk to his/her teacher.  If he/she is not in school, then call the Special Education Department at 940-369-4075.