Child Find/How to Refer for SPED Services

Each and every child has the ability to learn a great many things.

Sometimes, however, individual children need extra support to learn certain skills. If you suspect an infant, child or young adult of having a developmental delay or disability, your school can help by identifying the issue and working with the family to come up with a plan for intervention.


Services are available through the school district for all eligible students from ages 3-21, regardless of the severity of the disability.

These services are at no cost to the family.


Being able to learn successfully affects many things including self-esteem, confidence, and social relationships. It is never too early to address issues that affect learning.

In addition, it is not too late. Any child who needs assistance up to age 21 will receive services if they meet eligibility for special education services.

Do You Know a Child Who May Be in Need of Special Education Services?

Does the child demonstrate difficulty in the following areas?


  Has difficulty producing words

  Unfamiliar people do not understand what child is saying

  Speaks less words than same age peers

  Does not follow directions as expected

  Limited babbling, cooing, or talking



  Chronic ear problems

  Pulls at ears

  Inappropriate, limited, or no response to environmental sound or voices



  Doesn’t routinely share enjoyment in activities with others

  Has difficulty making friends

  Trouble understanding people’s feeling or expressing their own

  Only interacts with people on things that interest them


  Unable to follow or focus on objects

  Squints eyes often

  Rubs eyes often

  Unable to see things close up/far away



  Slow to master things like potty training, dressing, etc.

  Difficulty with remembering things

  Have a hard time with problem solving or logical thinking

  Takes longer to learn things than typical same age peers



  Uneven or no movement

  Physically over or under active

  Clumsy, falls or stumbles a lot

  Limited strength, vitality, alertness




  Need for constant movement

  No understanding of danger

  Extreme defiance

  Purposely hurts others or destroys things


Most children become more independent during the toddler years.

Concerns might be:

  Shows little to no independence

  Does not persist when things are difficult

  Rarely communicates to get needs met



  Emotions do not match situation

  Mood changes frequently and drastically

Special Services are available to eligible infants, toddlers, children, and young adults with a disability and a need for educational services.



  Auditory Impairment



  Emotional Disturbance

  Intellectual Disability

  Other Health Impairment

  Orthopedic Impairment

  Specific Learning Disability

  Speech/Language Impairment

• Traumatic Brain Injury

Visual Impairment

  Non-Categorical Early Childhood

  Multiple Disabilities

For children not in school and ages 0-5, contact the Pasadena Intake Center at 713-740-0902 for more information.


For children currently enrolled in school, contact your local school for more information.