FDLRS Heartland Child Find Services, in coordination with the school districts, locate children who are potentially eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and links them with needed services.
Child Find services help to promote general public awareness of programs and services available for young children who have or are at risk of developing disabilities. Service coordination for diagnostic screening, placement, training, and support is also provided.
Child Find services offer FREE Developmental Screenings for 3, 4, and 5 year-olds not enrolled in public school by appointment only. Monthly screenings are held in Arcadia, LaBelle, Clewiston, Moore Haven, Avon Park, Sebring, and Lake Placid. Vision, hearing, motor skills, concepts, speech, language, and social-personal skills are screened. Please call 863-531-0444 ext. 228, or toll-free at 1-800-316-7057 for more information or an appointment, or fax a referral to 863-531-0425. English and Spanish speaking staff are available to take the referrals and will be able to schedule appointments when the referral is made.
FDLRS Heartland Child Find Services support the following activities:
- Utilize the Children's Registry and Information System (CHRIS) to document screenings, referrals for evaluations, evaluation outcomes, placement decisions, and transition from the Early Steps program to prekindergarten programs for children with disabilities at age three.
- Support awareness of materials and provide/facilitate training opportunities related to child development and developmentally appropriate practices.
- Support transition at age three in collaboration with the Early Steps program, the Technical Assistance and Training System (TATS) for programs serving prekindergarten children with disabilities, and other early education and care programs in the community.