Child Find assists school districts and other agencies in the early identification of children, birth through age 21, with an emphasis on children, ages 0-5 years, who have disabilities or who may have learning problems. This is accomplished through a free screening which measures hearing, vision, cognitive, social, language, and motor development. If there is an indication that a child may have problems in any of these areas, he or she is referred for further testing.
Child Find Provides:
- Awareness activities to ensure that the general public receives ongoing, updated information about Child Find services and how to access services for children who have disabilities or who are at risk of a disability.
- Outreach activities to ensure that Child Find services are provided in community settings in order to locate, obtain referrals, screen, evaluate, or initiate service planning for children and their families who are in need of services.
- Information and Referral services to receive and respond to requests for general information about Child Find and other programs and community services.
- Screening Services - Children ages 0-5 may be referred to Child Find by a parent, physician, school or agency who may perceive a delay in the child's development. Your child may need a screening if you are concerned about any of the following areas: speaking, understanding or using words, moving or playing, getting along with other children, learning and paying attention, and seeing or hearing.
- Referral Services - If your child has failed a screening then further in-depth evaluations may be needed to assess your child's strengths and weaknesses. If testing has been done previously then Child Find will request copies of those records so as not to unnecessarily duplicate testing. Further testing may include: speech and language evaluation, educational psychological evaluation, audiological, social history, and social behavioral assessment.
- Service Planning and Initiation to ensure that, based upon screening and evaluation information, the child and family are linked to the local school district and other community agencies and organizations that can meet their identified needs, and that plans are developed to deliver the needed services.
For further information:
- In Brevard, contact the Child Find Secretary at (321) 633-1000 ext. 11552
- In Volusia, contact the Child Find Secretary at (386) 734-7190 ext. 52841.
Most Frequently Asked Questions:
- Who attends the screening?
The child and legal guardian(s) attend the screening. With written parental consent another caregiver may accompany the child.
- Where will the screening take place?
In Brevard: Screenings are scheduled at the Educational Services Facility in Viera. Under special circumstances, screenings may be scheduled at the home or child care center.
In Volusia: Typically, children who live on the east side of Volusia County are brought to Palm Terrace Elementary School on Dunn Avenue in Daytona Beach. Children who live on the west side of Volusia County are screened at Freedom Elementary School or Volusia Pines. After scheduling an appointment a map with specific directions will be mailed to you. Under special circumstances, screenings may be scheduled at a nearby school or child care center.
- How long will it take?
The screening, conference with the parent, and the paper work will usually last from 45 minutes to 90 minutes.
- How much will it cost?
There is no charge regardless of your income. It is a free service.
- When will I get the results?
The results of the screening are discussed with the guardian/parent immediately following the screening.
- What happens if my child does not pass the screening?
If your child does not pass the screening, referrals to the school district or other community agencies for more in-depth evaluations may be recommended. Referral for further testing is only done with parental consent.
- What happens during the screening?
When you arrive at the designated location, you will be greeted by the Child Find Specialist. The parent/guardian observes the screening. The format of the screening is typically play-based and is generally fun for the child.