Child Find: Developmental Delay or Disability

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If you have concerns about your child’s development or progress in school, the following information may be helpful.

What is Child Find?

It’s a process to “find” children who may have a delay in development or a disability in any of the following areas:

  • Vision and Hearing;
  • Motor Control or Coordination;
  • Behavior or Social Skills;
  • Speech or Language Skills;
  • Thinking or Performing Tasks; and
  • Adaptive Behavior.

The Arizona Early Intervention Program and local schools can help children with disabilities from birth through 21 years old. They provide early intervention and special education services for eligible children. There are no costs for Child Find services.  For information about typical development in children, please click to visit the CDC website.

What if I have concerns?

If your child is under 3 year of age and you have concerns about your child’s development or progress in school, you may receive help through Child Find. Contact the Arizona Early Intervention Program at (602) 635-9810, the Division of Developmental Disabilities at (480) 831-1009, or Tempe Elementary School District Student Support Office at (480) 730-7287. 

If your child is ages 3-5, contact Getz School at (480) 897-6233 ext. 5700 and ask for information about the next child find screening. These screenings occur monthly throughout the year.

If your child is in kindergarten through grade and you suspect a disability, please contact your child’s teacher or school administrator.

How does Child Find work?

If your child is under 3 years old, an Arizona Early Intervention specialist will come to your home to talk with you about your concerns and observe your child.

For children ages 3 through 5, the preschool team uses screening tools for a quick check of your child’s development or performance in the areas that can affect development and learning in school. If a possible delay is suspected then a full evaluation will be scheduled.

For children in kindergarten through eighth-grade, your child’s teacher and other school professionals can support your child through problem solving and interventions. If a disability is suspected, assessments can be administered to determine eligibility for special education services.

Who do I contact for additional information?
For additional Child Find information, visit the ADE Web Site or call 1-800-352-4558 and ask for Child Find. Ask for a copy of “Traveling the Special Education Highway.” You may also call the TD3 Student Support Office at (480) 730-7287.

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