Child find

What is Child Find?

Child Find is a continuous process of public awareness activities, which may include screening, designed to identify, locate and evaluate all children with disabilities who may be in need of early intervention programs or special education as soon as possible.

DPI's FAQ doc

 

Why is Child Find important?

A comprehensive Child Find System ensures that all children who are in need of early intervention or special education services are identified, located, and evaluated.

community collaborating partners child find presentation


What is a screening?

Screenings look briefly at a child's overall development to determine whether areas of developmental concern exist and a need for formal evaluation is warranted. The Fond du Lac School District Screening Specialists use the Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) and the Little Bee Speech Articulation Screener to guide the screening. 

 

Why use ASQ?

The ASQ screening system has been tested extensively with over 40 years of research and is based on sound child development and assessment principles. There are two screeners in the ASQ family: ASQ®-3 and ASQ®:SE-2.

The ASQ®-3, looks at five key areas of early development: communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal-social.

Communication: Your child’s language skills, both what your child understands and what he or she can say. 

Gross Motor: How your child uses their arms and legs and other large muscles for sitting, crawling, walking, running, and other activities. 

Fine Motor: Your child’s hand and finger movement and coordination. 

Problem Solving: How your child plays with toys and solves problems. 

Personal-Social: Your child’s self-help skills and interactions with others.

The ASQ®:SE-2 takes a deeper look into Social-Emotional development. Questions target skills in the area of self calming, direction and rule following, independence, interacting with peers/adults, recognizing and expressing feelings, and behaviors. 

ASQ FAQ

 

Who is eligible for a developmental screening?

Any three through five year old child suspected of having delays and is not currently enrolled or attending a school district program.

 

How much does the screening cost?

All services provided by the Fond du Lac School District are at no cost to the individual or parents.   

 

How long will it take?

The ASQ Questionnaire takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

 

How do I complete the screener for my child age 3-5?

The Fond du Lac School District believes that it is important to look at the whole child, so we have made both the ASQ®-3 (also in Spanish ASQ®-3 Spanish), and ASQ®:SE-2 (also in Spanish ASQ®-SE Spanish) screeners available to you.  


When will I find out the results?

With ASQ Online, the results are automatically scored quickly and accurately. Your child’s scores will be compared to cutoff points and the results will be communicated with you via email or phone.  A Child Find Specialist may contact you to discuss the results and determine next steps.  Families may be provided with recommendations, resources for follow-up, monitoring, or further evaluation. Parents are often given suggestions of helpful activities they can do at home. Children who demonstrate a significant risk for having developmental delays may be asked to complete an additional screening in a couple months or return for an evaluation. 

 

What about children under three years old?

Children younger than three years old can receive a developmental screening through the Fond du Lac County Birth to 3 Program.  If you have concerns for the development of your baby or toddler, please call (920) 929-3919 or email at Birthto3@fdlco.wi.gov.

 

Other Resources:

Child Find pamphlet collaborating partner



What is Child Find?

Child Find is a continuous process of public awareness activities, which may include screening, designed to identify, locate and evaluate all children with disabilities who may be in need of early intervention programs or special education as soon as possible.

DPI's FAQ doc

 

Why is Child Find important?

A comprehensive Child Find System ensures that all children who are in need of early intervention or special education services are identified, located, and evaluated.

community collaborating partners child find presentation


What is a screening?

Screenings look briefly at a child's overall development to determine whether areas of developmental concern exist and a need for formal evaluation is warranted. The Fond du Lac School District Screening Specialists use the Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) and the Little Bee Speech Articulation Screener to guide the screening. 

 

Why use ASQ?

The ASQ screening system has been tested extensively with over 40 years of research and is based on sound child development and assessment principles. There are two screeners in the ASQ family: ASQ®-3 and ASQ®:SE-2.

The ASQ®-3, looks at five key areas of early development: communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal-social.

Communication: Your child’s language skills, both what your child understands and what he or she can say. 

Gross Motor: How your child uses their arms and legs and other large muscles for sitting, crawling, walking, running, and other activities. 

Fine Motor: Your child’s hand and finger movement and coordination. 

Problem Solving: How your child plays with toys and solves problems. 

Personal-Social: Your child’s self-help skills and interactions with others.

The ASQ®:SE-2 takes a deeper look into Social-Emotional development. Questions target skills in the area of self calming, direction and rule following, independence, interacting with peers/adults, recognizing and expressing feelings, and behaviors. 

ASQ FAQ

 

Who is eligible for a developmental screening?

Any three through five year old child suspected of having delays and is not currently enrolled or attending a school district program.

 

How much does the screening cost?

All services provided by the Fond du Lac School District are at no cost to the individual or parents.   

 

How long will it take?

The ASQ Questionnaire takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

 

How do I complete the screener for my child age 3-5?

The Fond du Lac School District believes that it is important to look at the whole child, so we have made both the ASQ®-3 (also in Spanish ASQ®-3 Spanish), and ASQ®:SE-2 (also in Spanish ASQ®-SE Spanish) screeners available to you.  


When will I find out the results?

With ASQ Online, the results are automatically scored quickly and accurately. Your child’s scores will be compared to cutoff points and the results will be communicated with you via email or phone.  A Child Find Specialist may contact you to discuss the results and determine next steps.  Families may be provided with recommendations, resources for follow-up, monitoring, or further evaluation. Parents are often given suggestions of helpful activities they can do at home. Children who demonstrate a significant risk for having developmental delays may be asked to complete an additional screening in a couple months or return for an evaluation. 

 

What about children under three years old?

Children younger than three years old can receive a developmental screening through the Fond du Lac County Birth to 3 Program.  If you have concerns for the development of your baby or toddler, please call (920) 929-3919 or email at Birthto3@fdlco.wi.gov.

 

Other Resources:

Child Find pamphlet collaborating partner