Child Find/How to Refer for SPED Services

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Pasadena ISD provides a variety of services for students who are struggling with
learning, emotions, behavior or health conditions.  


If you reside within the Pasadena ISD school boundaries, and you are concerned
about your child's development, behavior, emotional, or physical health, please
email [email protected]

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 free 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.


  • 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


  • Does not 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


  • Impulsive
  • 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 include: 

  • 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



  •  Auditory Impairment
  •  Autism
  •  Deaf-Blindness
  •  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