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Using the Child Find identification system correctly helps ensure that students with disabilities are given the support they need. This federally mandated program is one that every educator needs to have a solid understanding of. In this 15-minute course from Noodle Nook, expert SPED educator Ayo Jones helps teachers understand how to use the Child Find system and what to look for in the classroom. This course is part of the Keys to Special Education Series.

Here’s What You Need to Know About the Child Find System

Annie, a second-grade teacher, noticed that one of her students was having a very difficult time with reading assignments. She thought he may need to be evaluated for SPED services, but she didn’t know where to start. Do you ever find yourself in a situation like Annie?

It’s imperative to identify children who may need special education services as soon as possible. The sooner these students receive the support they need, the sooner we can help them thrive academically. When students are delayed in getting the services they need, it becomes harder to catch them up and can affect their entire lives. 

Using the Child Find identification system correctly helps ensure that students with disabilities are given the support they need. This federally mandated program is one that every educator needs to have a solid understanding of. 

Who is the Child Find system for?

Whether you teach SPED classes or not, you need to know how to properly use the Child Find system. This means that teachers of all grades and subjects are responsible for identifying and starting the evaluation process for students who may need special education services. This can happen both in the classroom and at public awareness events. 

If you suspect a student may need to be evaluated, do you know the first step to take? Understanding the Child Find process is vital to helping students receive support. 

Becoming a Child Find expert

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Ayo Jones has spent her career investing in SPED students and helping other educators learn the best practices for supporting students with disabilities. Ms. Jones creates helpful courses for educators to gain new knowledge through professional development, like the course Keys to Special Education — Child Find. 

In this course from Noodle Nook, Ms. Jones shares the federal policy, local procedures, and teacher best practices behind Child Find. This session works well for compliance training staff on special education topics and effectively meeting the needs of students with disabilities within the guidelines of the law. 

The course is a part of the KEYS to Special Ed Series which focuses on identifying students with disabilities, delivering essential interventions and supports, and complying with best practices and federal guidelines. 

In this 15-minute course, you will learn:

  • What Child Find means
  • Educator expectations under Child Find
  • What to look for in the classroom
  • Child Find and FERPA
  • How Child Find fits with classroom interventions

After taking this course, you’ll feel confidently equipped to fulfill your Child Find system responsibilities. This course is an essential part of properly training your team on special education topics, improving special education servicing on your campus, and meeting state accountability measures. 

Take the next steps

Do you feel like you could use a refresher on the Child Find system? Take a look at the demo for the course, Keys to Special Education — Child Find, today. You can also check out the other helpful courses in this Noodle Nook series, KEYS to Special Ed.

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