Child Find

What is Child Find?
Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires states to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities ages 3 to 21 who need early intervention services or special education services.
 
Child Find Obligation
Extends to private schools, home schools, detention centers, any setting where resident students aged 3-21 may be located within Jasper County.
 
Who Can Refer for Services?
  • Parents of preschool children who are not enrolled in a public school program
  • Parents of school-aged children (age 5-21) not enrolled in a public school program
  • Other care providers
 
What is the process?
A review of the screening on available information about the child is conducted.  If the screening indicates the possibility of a disability, an evaluation is planned with parent permission. If the child has a disability and in need of special education an individualized plan is developed based on educational needs.
 
What is the cost?
Assessments, evaluations, and all special education services which are determined to be necessary are provided free of charge.
 
What services are available?
Services for eligible children may include but are not limited to, specialized instruction, speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling, and audiological services.
 
How Do I Access Child Find Services?
Appointments for preschool children are available typically during the Spring Child Find Screening period at both campuses in the district.
 
School-age appointments are scheduled at the child's residence school following the receipt of the intake form from the Office of Special Education.
 
For Additional Information:
Jasper County School District
Office of Special Services
10942 North Jacob Smart Boulevard
Ridgeland, SC  29936
(843) 489-8892
Paige.Elmore@jcsd.net