Today, I want to dive into a topic that’s crucial because so many parents share stories of how “the school” will not help their child. Well have you heard of —the Child Find Mandate? Don’t worry, I’ll break it down for you in regular people’s language, so grab a cuppa and let’s get started!

Now, the Child Find Mandate is a federal law in the United States that ensures all children with disabilities receive the proper educational support they need. It’s like a superhero cape for kids who might need a little extra help along the way.

So, what exactly does this mandate entail? Well, it requires public schools to actively search for kids who may have disabilities and be in need of special education services. It’s all about identifying these children early on so they can receive the support and resources necessary to thrive academically and personally.

But how does the whole process work, you ask? Great question! Schools have a responsibility to actively seek out children who may be eligible for special education services. This can include kids who have learning disabilities, developmental delays, speech or language impairments, or any other conditions that could impact their ability to learn. Yes, this also means ADHD and Anxiety.

Now, you might be wondering, how do they find these kids? Well, the mandate requires schools to use a variety of methods to locate them. This can include things like screening programs, observations in the classroom, teacher referrals, and even tips from parents or other community members. It’s all about casting a wide net to catch those who might need a helping hand.

Once a child has been identified, the school should initiate an evaluation process with the parents/caregivers’ input. This involves gathering information from various sources, such as parents, teachers, and healthcare professionals, to determine if the child is eligible for special education services. The evaluation is comprehensive and takes into account the child’s academic, social, and emotional needs.

If the evaluation determines that the child is indeed eligible for special education services, the school will work with the parents to develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP). This program outlines the specific supports and services that will be provided to the child to meet their unique needs.

The Child Find Mandate doesn’t stop there, though. It also ensures that children who are already receiving special education services continue to receive the support they need. Schools are required to review and reassess these children on a regular basis to ensure their IEPs are still meeting their needs. After all, kids grow and change, and their education should adapt with them!

So, why is the Child Find Mandate so important? Well, it ensures that no child falls through the cracks. By actively searching for and identifying children with disabilities, schools can intervene early, providing the necessary tools and support to help them succeed. It’s all about giving every child an equal opportunity to learn and grow.

Remember, folks, knowledge is power, and understanding the Child Find Mandate is crucial for parents, educators, and the community at large. Let’s continue to support our amazing kiddos and make sure they have the resources they need to reach for the stars!

So here is a letter templete to send to the school if you feel you need help for your child:

Dear Principal,

I am writing to request an explanation regarding the decision not to refer TaterTot for Child Find, despite the occurrence of 14 out of the 22 Red Flags. This is our ninth formal request for a comprehensive evaluation of TaterTot, as he is a child who repeatedly stuggles in school. Therefore, it is imperative that your district considers the possibility and takes appropriate action.
We kindly request that you promptly document this matter in TaterTot’s educational record and arrange a Child Study meeting as soon as possible. It is crucial that we address this situation immediately to ensure that TaterTot can fully access his educational opportunities.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Sincerely, Ms. Knows  Parent Advocate 

Until Next time, 

 

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