Child Find

  • Denton ISD is committed to identifying and evaluating all students in our district who are in need of special education and related services.

  • What is Child Find?

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    The purpose of Child Find is to identify, locate, and evaluate children from birth to 21 years of age with known or suspected disabilities who reside in and/or attend school within district boundaries. Child find is a free referral service designed to determine whether a need for special education and related services exists.

    Children learn at different rates but some children have significant difficulty in one or more areas of development.

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  • How old does a child need to be in order to be evaluated?

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    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.

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  • Who usually recognizes the possible disability?

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

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  • Who does the evaluation?

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    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.

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  • How long does the process take?

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    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.

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  • What disabilities are identified through the school district’s Child Find program?

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    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.

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  • Contacts - How do I refer my child?

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    We do not complete testing during the summer months. Once school starts on August 7, 2024, a link will be available for you to fill out an evaluation request and start a referral. Please check back on or after August 7, 2024.

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  • What if my child is home schooled or in private school?

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    Denton ISD offers a free appropriate public education to all students who reside in Denton ISD boundaries. However, due to an Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) ruling in July of 2005, we cannot offer services to private school students who attend private schools outside district boundaries. 

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  • Where do I go for more information?

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    The following links provide more information and resources for students with disabilities and their families:

    Child Find Pamphlet 

    Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Special Education Process

    Special Education Information Center

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