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 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.


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


Does the child demonstrate difficulty in the following areas?

LANGUAGE/SPEECH

  • 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

HEARING

  • Chronic ear problems
  • Pulls at ears
  • Inappropriate, limited, or no response to environmental sound or voices

SOCIAL BEHAVIOR

  • 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

VISION

  • Unable to follow or focus on objects
  • Squints eyes often
  • Rubs eyes often
  • Unable to see things close up/far away

 

INTELLECTUAL

  • 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

 

MOTOR/PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Uneven or no movement
  • Physically over or under active
  • Clumsy, falls or stumbles a lot
  • Limited strength, vitality, alertness

BEHAVIOR

  • Impulsive
  • Need for constant movement
  • No understanding of danger
  • Extreme defiance
  • Purposely hurts others or destroys things

SELF HELP

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

EMOTIONAL

  • Emotions do not match situation
  • Mood changes frequently and drastically

 

THE DISABILITY AREAS THAT MAY WARRANT SERVICES INCLUDE:

  •  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


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


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


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