Child Find assists school districts and other agencies in the
early identification of children, birth through age 21, with an
emphasis on children, ages 0-5 years, who have disabilities or who
may have learning problems. This is accomplished through a free
screening which measures hearing, vision, cognitive, social, language, and motor
development. If there is an indication that a child may have problems
in any of these areas, he or she is referred for further testing.
FDLRS Child Find Provides:
Awareness activities to
insure that the general public receives ongoing, updated
information about Child Find services and how to access services
for children who have disabilities or who are at risk of a
Outreach activities to
insure that Child Find services are provided in community settings
in order to locate, obtain referrals, screen, evaluate, or
initiate service planning for children and their families who are
in need of services.
Information and Referral
services to receive and respond to requests for general
information about Child Find and other programs and community services.
Services to assist in the identification of
children who need formal evaluations and to identify additional
services needed by children and families. Screening services may
include data gathering and records review as well as
administration of formal and informal screening procedures such as
for vision, hearing, speech, language and overall development.
Services for formal evaluation to the appropriate
service providers for children with developmental disabilities or
who are at risk for a developmental delay for the specific purpose
of determining eligibility for special education or related
services within the local school district.
Service Planning and
Initiation to insure that, based upon screening and
evaluation information, the child and family are linked to the
local school district and other community agencies and
organizations that can meet their identified needs, and that plans
are developed to deliver the needed services.
For further information:
In Brevard, contact Child Find at (321) 633-1000 ext. 552
In Volusia, contact Patty Naquin, FDLRS Child Find Specialist
at (386) 255-6475 ext. 52841 or Lauren Laggner, FDLRS Child Find Specialist at (386) 255-6475 ext. 52838.
Most Frequently Asked
Who attends the
The child and legal guardian(s) attend the screening. With written
parental consent another caregiver may accompany the child.
Where will the screening take
place? In Brevard: Screenings are
scheduled at the Educational Services Facility in Viera. Under special circumstances, screenings may be
scheduled at the home or child care center.
In Volusia: Typically,
children who live on the east side of Volusia County are brought
to Palm Terrace Elementary School on Dunn Avenue in Daytona Beach.
Children who live on the west side of Volusia County are screened
at Freedom Elementary School or Volusia Pines. After scheduling an appointment a
map with specific directions will be mailed to you. Under special
circumstances, screenings may be scheduled at a nearby
school or child care center.
How long will it take?
The screening, conference with the parent, and the paper work will
usually last from 45 minutes to 90 minutes.
How much will it cost?
There is no charge regardless of your income. It is a
When will I get the
results? The results of the screening are discussed with the
guardian/parent immediately following the screening.
What happens if my child does not
pass the screening?
If your child does not pass the screening, referrals to the school
district or other community agencies for more in-depth evaluations
may be recommended. Referral for further testing is only done with
What happens during the
When you arrive at the designated location, you will be greeted by
the Child Find Specialist. The parent/guardian observes the
screening. The format of the screening is typically play-based and
is generally fun for the child.