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Child Find

Child Find is an important activity for our school district. If you are aware of a child who may have a disability and is not receiving educational services please notify Kim Sanford, Special Education Director at 307-347-2435. For further information regarding special education services in Washakie County School District #1, please call the Special Education Department at 307-347-2435.

Child Find is a component of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires states to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities aged 3 to 21 who are in need of early intervention or special education services. It is a continuous process of public awareness activities, screening and evaluation to locate, identify, and refer children as early as possible.

You may have concerns about a child's development in an individual area or multiple areas which could include:

Communication skills, Cognitive skills, Motor skills, Daily Living skills, Social and Emotional skills, Vision and Hearing skills, Academic skills, Orthopedic Needs.

Screening Versus Evaluation

The Child Find appointment is a series of "screenings". A preschool screening is a series of short tests and professional observations in various developmental areas. Children who demonstrate moderate delays in two or more areas, or significant delays in one or more areas in the screening process are asked to move on to receive an in-depth evaluation.

Evaluations are comprehensive tests and professional observations which may occur over a period of time. Children are not asked to participate in a comprehensive evaluation unless the screening process indicates a need for further information.