Child Find

The purpose of Child Find is to locate, evaluate and identify children with suspected disabilities in need of special education services. Sequim School District has a comprehensive Child Find process to ensure all residents and private schools within the district are made aware of the special education and related services offered by the district.  

 

If a parent, caregiver, doctor, school employee, or anyone else has a concern about a child’s development or academic achievement, they may refer the student for screening. This includes children attending private school and home school settings.


Screening procedures shall include vision and hearing status and consideration of the following areas: cognitive or academic, communication, motor, social or behavioral, and adaptive development. Screenings may include observations, family interviews, review of medical, developmental, or educational records. Standardized assessments may also be used. 

Developmental Milestones


Birth to 3: Early supports for infants and toddlers from birth through the child’s third birthday. If there are concerns about a child’s development contact:
Concerned Citizens of the Pacific Northwest
Janie Nelson
(360)379-1315
jnelson@ccpnw.org


Preschool (Ages 3-5): The Sequim School District conducts evaluations for children who are three to five years old. Early Childhood Special Education(ECSE) services are available for children identified with a qualifying disability. Services may be delivered in a variety of settings including Sequim School District’s Developmental Preschool, Head Start, child care centers or community preschool. Contact Learning Support Services at (360) 582-3402.


Special Education (Ages 5-21):  Referrals may be initiated by parents, through educators and school staff, as well as community health professionals and caregivers. Contact the child’s school or Learning Support Services at (360) 582-3402. Parents may also send a written request for evaluation to the district’s special education department. Once initiated, an evaluation team, including parents, teachers, school psychologists and specialists, will determine the assessments needed through parent reports, academic evidence, teacher reports, file reviews and health reports. Parent permission is required for testing. 

 
Sequim School District offers a variety of programs and services for students identified with a qualifying disability: 

Developmental Preschool 
Life Skills classrooms 
Home-Hospital 
Assistive Technology 
Deaf & Hearing Impaired 
Occupational and Physical Therapy 
Speech Language Pathology 
Vision Impaired & Blindness 

These services are available to students identified with a disability who are attending home school or private school. 


Please feel free to contact the Learning Support Services Office with any questions at (360)582-3402.