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Prior to COVID, Dickinson ISD met this federal mandate by scheduling a monthly screening event. During COVID, we have switched to conducting individual screening sessions, which are scheduled through the Special Programs office. We are committed to a process of location, early identification, evaluation and intervention to help children with disabilities that may need special education and/or related services specific to their individual needs.
Children ages 3-6 who are not currently enrolled in a public school program, and who are verified to live in the DISD attendance zone, are eligible to attend a free screening for learning difficulties. Learning difficulties may include: speech impairment, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, learning disabilities, mental retardation, emotional disturbance, autism, multiple disabilities, traumatic brain injury, visual impairments, auditory impairments or deaf-blindness. If your child is not zoned to DISD, please contact your local school district’s Special Services department.
Documents accepted for proof of residency:
Proof of residency is required prior to signing the consent for evaluation.
"How do we get a 3, 4, or 5 year old student screened?" "My child seems to be developing differently." "The doctor has referred us to the school for a screening."
The child find screening team conducts the screenings at 1-2 times per month depending on need.
The team consists of multiple Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSP), a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), an Occupational (OTR) or Physical Therapist, and a Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) Teacher.
Who can refer a child for this screening?
Parents can call DISD:
*Reservations are required.
Purpose of the Child Find Screening:
The purpose of the Child Find screening is to provide a basic skills screening for young children to determine if there are any significant developmental delays in the following areas:
• Fine/Gross Motor Skills
• Cognitive / Academic Skills
• Emotional Behavior / Adaptive Behavior
Who conducts the screening tests?
• Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
• Speech-Language Pathologists
• Physical Therapist
• Occupational Therapist
• Educational Diagnosticians
• General and Special Ed Pre-School Teachers
Who is eligible?
Children ages 3-6 who are not currently enrolled in a public school program, and who are verified to live in the DISD attendance zone, are eligible to attend this screening. The screening is free. Children ages 4-21 who are currently enrolled in a public school program should contact their current campus for a Problem Solving Team Meeting.
Parents can call DISD at 281-229-6087. Reservations are required.
What happens at the screening?
The parent brings his/her child in and the child is assessed in each of the developmental areas listed above. The screening takes approximately an hour and a half. The parent is asked to complete a parent interview while the child is going through the screening process.
Your child will be screened by the team in several areas including:
• Adaptive Behavior
• Personal Social Skills
• Cognitive Abilities
• Speech / Language Skills
• Fine and Gross Motor Skills
• Pre-Academic Skills
The screening will consist of both formal assessment (his/her performance will be compared to same age peers on a normed assessment) and informal assessment (observations of the child and interview information from the parents/guardians)
At the conclusion of the appointment, the team will share a summary of your child’s assessment screening information and if needed will sign consent for a Special Education evaluation
What do I bring to the Child Find Screening for 3-5 year olds?
The legal parent/guardian needs to accompany the child to be able to sign paperwork
An adult familiar with the child’s typical behaviors and skill sets should be present to answer questions
Any important medical records
Any legal paperwork if there are questions about guardianship
Parent driver’s license
Child’s social security card/number
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What do I do if my child is enrolled in Dickinson Schools?
Contact your student’s teacher and ask for a student intervention team meeting (SIT)
What if we do not live in the DISD zone?
Contact the Special Services office for the district where you live. Every public school district is required to provide Child Find services under federal and state law.
If your student is already in special education but you suspect additional concerns?
Contact your student’s special education case manager or ARD committee facilitator and ask for a meeting to discuss concerns.
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