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Child Find

WHAT IS A DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING?

A developmental screening is a brief test to determine if a child is functioning at the level he or she should for their age in the different areas of development such as personal/social skills, adaptive/self help skills, motor skills, communication skills and cognitive/thinking skills.  The results of a developmental screening are helpful to the Child Find team to make a recommendation as to whether or not more specific testing needs to occur.

WHO DOES THE SCREENING?

The screening is completed by an early childhood special education teacher.  This person has special training in working with young children who have special needs.

WHAT WILL MY CHILD HAVE TO DO?

For the most part, the teacher will be engaging your child in different activities.  Some of the skills the teacher will be looking for include how well your child listens and follows directions, how well your child can talk (this may include how well your child pronounces certain sounds), how your child moves, how your child works with their hands, matching skills, identifying colors, and answering simple questions.  The teacher will also have to ask you questions about how your child relates to adults and other children.  Questions will also be asked to see how your child is progressing in the area of self help skills.  The specific skills and questions will depend on the age of your child.

HOW LONG WILL THE SCREENING TAKE?

The screening usually last approximately one hour, however it depends on how comfortable your child may feel with the teacher.  Part of this time is also used to share the results of the screening and to let you know how your child is doing.

WHERE DO I BRING MY CHILD?

The screening takes place at the Child Find Office, room 18, in the Alvin York Bandy Administrative Complex, 37 Stafford Avenue, Stafford, Virginia  22554.  Phone Number:  540-658-6517

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

This depends on how your child does on the screening.  If your child did well and appears to be developing appropriately there is not a need to recommend any additional testing.  If concerns and delays are noted, you will be asked to attend another meeting in the near future to discuss the delays and the concerns that you have regarding your child.  This meeting is referred to as a Child Study Team meeting.  The Child Study Team will review the information and the concerns you have about your child.  The Team may decide to provide you with suggestions and activities to assist you in enhancing your child's skills.  The Child Study Team may recommend that more specific testing needs to be completed to determine if the child has a disability and is in need of special education.  The parent is involved in helping to make these decisions.
 
E-mail:  childfind@staffordschools.net
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