Child Find

Early Intervention is the Best Intervention

The purpose of Child Find is to locate, identify and evaluate children from birth to 21 years of age and their possible need for special education and related services. Children learn at different rates but some children have significant difficulty. We’re here to help you access services to meet the unique learning needs of your child. If you are concerned your child may be learning, playing or interacting differently from others, please call our office at 281-482-0687.

Referral Process

Referrals may be initiated by (but are not limited to):
Parents
Preschool Teachers/Directors
Physicians
Outside agencies/therapists/ECI

Students receiving services through ECI will be transitioned into the public school system starting as early as 150 days prior to their third birthday.

What is the next step?

District Child Find staff will:
Meet with the family
Schedule a screening if needed
Schedule an evaluation if needed
Schedule and facilitate the ARD (Admission, Review, Dismissal) meeting
Gather enrollment information if the child qualifies for special education services

Who is Eligible?

There is a two-part test for determining whether your child is eligible for special education services: (1) your child must have a disability (2) as a result of the disability, your child must need special education services to benefit from education.
Speech/language Impairment
Other Health Impaired
Deaf-Blind
Visual Impairment
Traumatic Brain Injury
Multiple Impairments
Hearing Impairment
Orthopedic Impairment
* Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder
* Intellectual Disability
* Emotional Disturbance
* Learning Disability
* Non-Categorical Early Childhood (NCEC). It is for students aged 3-5 who have general delays in their physical, cognitive, communication, social, emotional, or adaptive development; and who, because of these delays, need special education. In Texas, a child between the ages of 3-5 may be described as “NCEC” if he or she has been diagnosed as having one of the (*)
These disability categories must be determined by age 6. It is used with young children because the true disability is often difficult to determine at an early age.

Services may begin at birth for children with visual or auditory impairments.